Chrysler 300c 1957




Chrysler 300c 1957

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  • In the late '50s we referred to the third installment in Chrysler's "Letter Series" cars as the "hottest of the hot crop of super cars," without a.

    Before the C came the C While Chrysler had graced the '55 with the combination of performance and luxury that would become the basis for .

    The Chrysler C/D have what are considered to be the best- looking tailfin Mopars ever. See the stylish Chrysler C/D.

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    Mechanically, the cross-ram "short ram" and "long ram" engines remained the same, although the expensive French manual transmission was dropped, and replaced by a more reliable and still expensive Chrysler racing manual transmission referred to as 'option code '. Privacy Policy Terms of use. Approximately 4 of these "Special GTs" are known to exist, including one convertible and one with air conditioning; it is believed that 15 were originally produced. Email required Address never made public. Only 15 "short ram" cars were produced; these were also fitted with the exotic but often troublesome French Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed manual transmissions developed for the Chrysler-powered Facel Vega.

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    The Chrysler C letter cars

    In the late '50s we referred to the third installment in Chrysler 's "Letter Series" cars as the "hottest of the hot crop of super cars," without a shred of irony or hyperbole. The line launched in with the C, and then altered the nomenclature to B in '56, advancing the letters annually through L in The front-drive M that followed in was pooh-poohed as a letter pretender, but the swaggering rear-drive Hemi-powered C of wore its letter a whole lot more authentically. So on the occasion of what is likely the last refresh for the modern-day C, we're taking a look back at the original.

    Upon first driving the original C in March , our man Joe H. Wherry made a prediction: If it were named Jim Dandy instead of C, it could be the inspiration for a whole series of popular songs. For , the C is up in displacement from last year's to by means of both greater bore and stroke—from 3.

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    Basically the engine is that used in the New Yorkers and Imperials—as far as the block goes. Double valve springs helped combat valve float at higher rpm, the crank got a special hardening treatment, and its bearings were made of a special tri-metal material. Power output jumped from the New Yorker's hp at 4, rpm to hp at 5, rpm, but torque dipped to lb-ft at 4, rpm from the New Yorker's lb-ft at 2, rpm.

    If the "cooking grade" C engine was too tame for you, a racing option featured cylinder heads that boosted compression to Only 18 of these were ever built. The C could be optimized to dominate at the drag strip or the salt flats, or as Wherry put it: The grille is distinctive—showing a relationship to recent Chrysler dream cars—and the hood is peaked.

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    Dual headlights are standard, as are back-up lights. There's a new red-white-and-blue circular medallion on a single narrow strip of chrome just aft of the rear wheel opening. The brakes are the total-contact type introduced by Chrysler last year and, in spite of the smaller inch wheels, have a total effective lining area of square inches. No mere go-and-stop-fast parts-bin buggy, the C was fully fortified in the chassis department, as well. The longer, lower, and wider '57 Chrysler lineup made a major change to torsion-bar front suspension, and the C's bars were bigger in diameter—1.

    The rear leaf setup was also 50 percent stiffer. The firmer springing not only reduces almost to the elimination point the danger of bottoming on sharp dips and rises, but overall control of the car is similarly improved. There's as much difference, handling-wise, between the C and the conventional line as there is between the latter and the '56 line with the coil springs up front. Our man Wherry busted out his trusty stopwatch and eyeballed the speedometer, "read to 65 mph to handle the error suggested by the engineering department.

    I'm personally confident that a good second can be chopped from this time with a similarly equipped car properly run in. It's a sad commentary on the state of automobile construction back in the late s, but Joe expressed near bewilderment: The potential customer, however, should bear in mind the fact, often repeated in MT, that no two cars of the same make and series are exactly the same.

    Chrysler 300c 1957

    Believe it or not, and this is strange, it's quite possible for a dozen buyers to get soundly assembled examples while an automotive writer draws a goat from the sheepfold. Or, worse still, vice-versa. It would seem that there has been a general tightening up, in more ways than one, where this division is concerned. A brand-new, right-off-the-line car could be expected to have some rattles.

    This one had none, nor did some fairly rough handling bring on any. A luxurious family-sized car, it has the performance that will make it virtually unbeatable on the highways; its greatly improved roadability will make it a dominant factor in racing. The average owner is well advised, however, to 'respect it for its power, and control its power with care. Pickup Truck Since Behind the Wheel of the Ford Mustang Bullitt. Chrysler Sedan Car Lists.

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