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2014 Chrysler 300
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You can thank the Sunday driver for this one. There's an ocean of head- and legroom. When was the last time you smiled as you turned the ignition key? Feel it again with this superb-looking 2014 Chrysler 300. You HAVE to come see this car in person. Be sure to bring your white gloves to check for dust, because we can't find any. Chrysler Certified Pre-Owned means you not only get the reassurance of a 3Mo/3,000Mile Maximum Care Limited Warranty, but also up to a 7-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, a 125-point inspection/reconditioning, 24/7 roadside assistance, rental car benefits, and a complete CARFAX vehicle history report. It is nicely equipped.


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2016 Chrysler 300
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This 2016 Chrysler 300 4dr 4dr Sedan 300C AWD features a 3.6L V6 CYLINDER 6cyl Gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 8 Speed Automatic transmission. The vehicle is Gloss Black with a Black Leather interior. It is offered with a Service Contract available. - BIG VOLUME - SMALL MARK-UP CALL ANYTIME. EXTENDED WARRANTY AVAILABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN FIND US AT 333 BROADWAY AVE BEDFORD, OHIO 44146 WE ARE OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK, EXTENDED HOURS AVAILABLE !!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*** CHECK US OUT ON WWW.NCAUTOAUCTION.COM *****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -


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CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. ONE OWNER, CLEAN CARFAX, BACK-UP CAMERA, BLUETOOTH, 4D Sedan, HEMI 5.7L V8 Multi Displacement VVT, Black, Black Leather, ABS brakes, Alloy wheels, Compass, DVD-Audio, Electronic Stability Control, Front dual zone A/C, Heated door mirrors, Heated front seats, Heated rear seats, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Navigation System, Passenger door bin, Remote keyless entry, Traction control.


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2012 Chrysler 300
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PRESTIGE CERTIFIED!: 3000 MILE 3 MONTH WARRANTY NO COST!, LOCAL TRADE!, And CLEAN CARFAX!. 300 Limited, 3.6L 6-Cylinder SMPI Flex Fuel DOHC, 8-Speed Automatic with E-Shifter, Gloss Black, Heated front seats, Luxury Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats, and Power driver seat. Thank you for taking the time to look at this fantastic-looking 2012 Chrysler 300. What a perfect match! This terrific Chrysler 300 is available at the just right price for the just right person - You! Prestige is Northern Colorado's Premier 5-Star Dealer!



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Check out this 2017 Chrysler 300 300S. Its Automatic transmission and Regular Unleaded V-6 3.6 L/220 engine will keep you going. This Chrysler 300 features the following options: Wireless Streaming, Window Grid Antenna, Wheels: 19 x 7.5 Aluminum HyperBlack, Vinyl Door Trim Insert, Valet Function, USB Host Flip, Uconnect Web Mobile Hotspot Internet Access, UConnect Access Tracker System, Uconnect Access Emergency S.O.S, and Trunk Rear Cargo Access. Stop by and visit us at Johnson Auto Plaza, 12410 East 136th Ave, Brighton, CO 80601.


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2017 Chrysler 300
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CARFAX 1-Owner, Chrysler Certified. Heated Leather Seats, Onboard Communications System, iPod/MP3 Input, Dual Zone A/C, Keyless Start, Satellite Radio, ENGINE: 3.6L V6 24V VVT (FFV), TRANSMISSION: 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC 845RE... CLICK ME!KEY FEATURES INCLUDELeather Seats, All Wheel Drive, Heated Driver Seat, Back-Up Camera, Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Onboard Communications System, Aluminum Wheels, Keyless Start, Dual Zone A/C, Heated Seats, Heated Leather Seats MP3 Player, Remote Trunk Release, Keyless Entry, Steering Wheel Controls, Child Safety Locks. OPTION PACKAGESENGINE: 3.6L V6 24V VVT (FFV) (STD), TRANSMISSION: 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC 845RE (STD). EXPERTS RAVEEdmunds.com explains One of the 300's most appealing features is its massive cabin SHOP WITH CONFIDENCECARFAX 1-Owner 7-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain warranty, 3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty, Rigorous 125-Point Inspection and Reconditioning, 24-Hour Roadside Assistance, 24-Hour Towing, Some of our pre-owned vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/, Carfax Vehicle History Report, Rental car Allowance, Lifetime Certified Warranty Upgrades Available, Introductory 3-month subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio VISIT US TODAYPurchasing a used car, truck, van, or SUV? Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Anchorage is the place. We offer low finance rates, great cash incentives, & strong alternative finance options. Winter or summer, nowhere in AK better fits pre-owned vehicle needs. At Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Anchorage, we have Factory Certified, Lithia Assured & Value Priced Vehicles for every budget, 100% Certified Service Technicians, & available lifetime oil changes! Plus tax, title, license and dealer installed accessories. Prices include $200 dealer doc fee. See dealer for Stock Numbers. Price contains all applicable dealer incentives and non-limited factory rebates. You may qualify for additional rebates; see deale Some of our Pre-Owned vehicles may be subject to unrepaired safety recalls. Check for a vehicle's unrepaired recalls by VIN at


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2016 Chrysler 300
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CARFAX 1-Owner. REDUCED FROM $22,995!, PRICED TO MOVE $2,500 below NADA Retail! Heated Leather Seats, iPod/MP3 Input, Premium Sound System, Onboard Communications System, Dual Zone A/C, Remote Engine Start, 300S PREMIUM GROUP SEE MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Leather Seats, All Wheel Drive, Heated Driver Seat, Back-Up Camera, Premium Sound System, iPod/MP3 Input, Onboard Communications System, Aluminum Wheels, Remote Engine Start, Dual Zone A/C, Heated Seats, Heated Leather Seats Chrysler 300S with Bright White Clearcoat exterior and Black interior features a V6 Cylinder Engine with 292 HP at 6350 RPM*. OPTION PACKAGES: 300S PREMIUM GROUP Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof, Auto Dim Exterior Driver Mirror, Radio: Uconnect 8.4 NAV, SiriusXM Travel Link, (Registration Required), HD Radio, GPS Navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, ENGINE: 3.6L V6 24V VVT (FFV), TRANSMISSION: 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC 845RE (STD). VEHICLE REVIEWS: Edmunds.com's review says . there's plenty of room inside for occupants of all sizes. The adjustability of the driver seat and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel is particularly generous, while the rear seats are both spacious and supportive.. PRICED TO MOVE: Was $22,995. This 300 is priced $2,500 below NADA Retail. SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE: CARFAX 1-Owner WHY BUY FROM US: Braeger Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in the area. From the moment you walk into our showroom, you'll know our commitment to Customer Service is second to none. We strive to make your experience with Braeger Ford a good one for the life of your vehicle. Whether you need to Purchase, Finance, or Service a New or Pre-Owned Ford, you've come to the right place. Pricing analysis performed on 11/14/2017. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.


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What a gem, this 300s is awesome in every way, Panoramic sunroof, sport leather, awesome wheels and low miles!



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2016 Chrysler 300
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Armed with a push button start, remote starter, backup camera, a navigation system, braking assist, dual climate control, hill start assist, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes, you won't be able to get enough of this 2016 Chrysler 300 C. It comes with a 3.6 liter 6 Cylinder engine. Check out our low prices compared to the other guys! We're offering this one at $22,998 while others are asking $24,356. This 4 dr sedan is one of the safest you could buy. It earned a crash test rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Drivers love the classic silver exterior with a black interior. Call today to test it out!


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2015 Chrysler 300
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Fully Inspected, Fully Detailed, and Nitrogen Filled Tires. Are you READY for a Chrysler?! What a price for a 15! Come down and meet this 2015 Chrysler 300 in person. Your quest for a gently used car is over. This fantastic-looking 2015 Chrysler 300 has only had one previous owner, with a great track record and a long life ahead of it. This wonderful 300 will wow you with its low mileage, plus it has comfort and safety to spare. **Easiest Place To Buy A Car!**


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WAS $22,995, EPA 31 MPG Hwy/19 MPG City! Moonroof, Heated/Cooled Leather Seats, Nav System, Satellite Radio, Premium Sound System, Bluetooth, iPod/MP3 Input, ENGINE: 3.6L V6 24V VVT, TRANSMISSION: 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC 845RE... READ MORE! KEY FEATURES INCLUDE Leather Seats, Navigation, Heated Driver Seat, Heated Rear Seat, Cooled Driver Seat, BackUp Camera, Premium Sound System, Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Bluetooth, Dual Moonroof, Aluminum Wheels, Remote Engine Start, Dual Zone A/C, Heated Seats MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Remote Trunk Release, Child Safety Locks, Steering Wheel Controls. OPTION PACKAGES ENGINE: 3.6L V6 24V VVT (STD), TRANSMISSION: 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC 845RE (STD). AFFORDABLE TO OWN AutoCheck One Owner Reduced from $22,995. Approx. Original Base Sticker Price: $38,100*. VISIT US TODAY Ray Skillman Westside Auto Mall has been in the automotive business in the Indianapolis and Greenwood area since 1980. Our 4 dealerships stock a large selection of Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, and Mitsubishi vehicles, as well as pre-owned models from a variety of manufacturers. Our many years as a premier auto group in the region have helped us understand exactly what our customers are looking for and provide an experience that exceeds all expectations. Pricing analysis performed on 11/1/2017. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.


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2013 Chrysler 300
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4D Sedan and HEMI 5.7L V8 Multi Displacement VVT. Go ahead...spoil yourself. Like new. Be the talk of the town when you roll down the street in this spotless 2013 Chrysler 300. Such a refined car, coupled with breakneck performance, does not come up for grabs very often, so you better act fast. CALL NOW to schedule a TEST DRIVE. HERE'S what to do NEXT-- 1) Call the BYERS CHEVROLET INTERNET SALES DEPARTMENT at 866-806-4755 2) PRINT this ad 3) ASK for the BYERS CHEVROLET INTERNET SALES DEPARTMENT when you COME IN for your INTERNET SPECIAL PRICING. GOOD credit, BAD credit, we have financing for YOU! We make every effort to be accurate in our descriptions and pricing. Pricing subject to change on daily basis. Please call to confirm equipment and availability. Carfax Vehicle History Report available on every vehicle. The Byers Family has been serving the Central Ohio area for over 100 years, we'll be here and ready to serve you when you need us!


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2014 Chrysler 300
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Very sharp one owner trade with heated leather seating, 8.4 touchscreen display, GPS navigation, rear Parkview camera, Bluetooth, Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof, 19X7.5 Cast Al Satin Silver Wheels, and more.This vehicle is covered by our exclusive lifetime powertrain warranty at no additional cost. Major parts of the Engine, drivetrain, and transmission will be covered as long as you own the vehicle with no year or mileage restrictions. See dealer for details.This vehicle is equipped with a backup camera.*Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof* (originally: $1755.00)- Consumer Generic Feature 0: Sunroof/Moonroof- One Touch Power Sunroof: one-touch power sunroof- 2nd Row Sunroof: fixed glass- Sunroof: power glass- 1st Row Head Room: 36.9- 2nd Row Head Room: 36.9*Uconnect 8.4N CD/DVD/MP3/NAV* (originally: $995.00)SiriusXM Travel Link with 1-year of included Travel Link service; SiriusXM Traffic with 1-year of included SiriusXM Realtime Traffic service; Uconnect 8.4N touch screen display with single disc CD/DVD player and MP3 playback; Audio jack input for mobile devices; Garmin Navigation System; Remote USB port; SiriusXM satellite radio with 1-year of included service; Not available with Hawaii, St. Thomas/US. Virgin Islands- Navigation System: navigation with voice activation- Real Time Traffic- Consumer Generic Feature 0: USB Inputs- Consumer Generic Feature 1: Aux Audio Inputs- Consumer Generic Feature 2: Navigation- Video Player: DVD player- Video Monitor Location: front- Video Monitor- Video Monitor Size: 8.4*Uptown Edition Quick Order Package 22M* (originally: $2000.00)Vehicle with standard equipment; Bright chrome exterior accents; Bright door handles; Chrome exterior mirrors; Chrome surround/chrome blade grille; Chrysler wing badge with black accent; Heated front seats; Lux leather with perforated insert bucket seats; Power front driver and passenger seats; Power heated mirrors; Premium floor mats with 300 logo; Power driver and passenger 4-way lumbar adjust; Uptown Edition- Height Adjustable Passenger Seat: height adjustable- Heated Passenger Seat: multi-level heating- Number Of Passenger Seat Power Adjustments: 8- Passenger Seat Adjustable Lumbar: power adjustable lumbar support- 1st Row Seat Type: bucket- 1st Row Upholstery: premium leather- Consumer Generic Feature 0: Leather Seats- Consumer Generic Feature 1: Power Driver Seat- Consumer Generic Feature 2: Heated seats- Exterior Mirror Adjustment: power- Heated Exterior Mirrors: heated- Height Adjustable Driver Seat: height adjustable- Driver Seat Adjustable Lumbar: power adjustable lumbar support- Number Of Driver Seat Power Adjustments: 8- Heated Driver Seat: multi-level heating- Floor Mats- Floor Mat Material: carpetThis vehicle came with a free satellite radio subscription when it was new. This option does not transfer to a used vehicle and must be purchased separately at the customer s choice.



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2016 Chrysler 300
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*Alloy Wheels, Panoramic Moonroof, Dual Power Seats, Heated / Cooled Leather, Heated Steering Wheel, Remote Start, Navigation, Bluetooth, Full Color Back Up Camera, and AUX Input. All this and only 17,000 miles! *Our vehicles are inspected by Factory Certified Technicians. We ensure that every vehicle passes a strict safety inspection to provide you with peace of mind so that you won't be spending money after your purchase. **Advertised vehicle sale price subject to Tax, Title, Licensing Fees, and $299 Service Fee. **** Se Habla Espanol **** *Using strong relationships with over 20 Financial Institutions, we will provide you with the strongest, most competitive terms available! *Let us show you how the Lynch Family of Dealerships will treat YOU like family. Provide us with the opportunity to earn your business and you will agree that NOBODY Sells for Less than Lynch! With Real Time, Live Market Pricing from our 3rd Party Vendor, you get a Great Price Upfront without the Hassles of Negotiation. The Lynch family of Dealerships is one of the largest retailers of new and used vehicles in the Midwest. Because of this volume, customers can expect not only an impressive selection, but also a volume-based price which may simply not be available at smaller, single location dealerships!! We also pride ourselves on our reconditioning process, which is SECOND TO NONE!!! Only a short drive from Milwaukee, We proudly serve customers from Madison, Kenosha, Waukesha, Gurnee, Chicago, Janesville, Lake County IL, Racine, Lake Geneva, Sun Prairie, East Troy, Mukwonago, Delavan, Pewaukee, Brookfield, New Berlin, Elm Grove, Delafield, Hartland, Oconomowoc, and Jefferson customers with an incredible customer satisfaction rating!! For our complete inventory and current specials, please visit us at www.lynchchryslerdodgejeepram.com or call us today at (262)-642-4700! We appreciate the opportunity to EARN Your business!!!


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Chrysler 300 History

Most cars emerge from a cauldron of corporate intrigue and dissolve back into a vat of recriminations and blame-shifting a few years later. But on occasion, one lone wolf inside a car company manages to shepherd his (or her) vision through the morass of bureaucratic infighting and produce something special. That was the case with the 1955 Chrysler 300.

At age 37, Robert MacGregor Rodger was a 15-year veteran of Chrysler in 1953, and a member of the team that launched the corporation's first Hemi V8 back in '51. He was also, despite his relative youth, the chief engineer of the Chrysler Division. Heading into its third year, the Hemi had only grown stronger and tasted racing success in Briggs Cunningham's C-2, C-4R and C-5R Le Mans racers. It was also starting to dominate the newly developing world of organized drag racing. Rodger was convinced that a standard 331-cubic-inch (5.4-liter) Hemi running one of Cunningham's cams with solid lifters, dual four-barrel carbs and an 8.5-to-1 compression ratio could produce 300 reliable and civilized horsepower. But for all that, Chrysler didn't really have a production car that seemed an appropriate showcase for such performance.

So Rodger proposed that Chrysler build a special car, a two-door hardtop, for the Hemi. There wasn't any budget for new sheet metal, so he bolted the top-of-the-line Imperial's nose onto a New Yorker hardtop two-door body shell with Windsor model rear quarter panels to produce the 1955 300. Chrysler's chief designer, Virgil Exner, tweaked the design by excising the Imperial's massive front bumper in favor of the less ornate one used on the base Chrysler, and the 300 went into production.

Since then, Rodger's inspiration (or at least its namesake) has gone in and out of production several times. At first, it was offered as a high-performance, well-appointed sibling to the lavishly luxurious Imperial atop Chrysler's lineup. Later, it wasn't much more than a heavily optioned Newport, and a few years after that, it was a redecorated Cordoba. Some two decades later, it became a high-performance version of the corporate front-wheel-drive LH sedan platform. Today, it's the herald of a new rear-drive future for Chrysler and the most spectacular home yet for an all-new Hemi V8. It's amazing how Chrysler came back to Bob Rodger's basic idea nearly a half century later.

First Generation: 1955-1956

Officially offered for sale on February 10, 1955, the first Chrysler 300 was athletic-looking, but it didn't have a letter at the end of its name. With 300 horsepower aboard, it was among the quickest cars of its time, getting to 60 mph in just 9.8 seconds, according to a test in Mechanix Illustrated by "Uncle Tom" McCahill, who also spurred the car up to a full 130 mph. But beyond being the most powerful production car of its time, the first Chrysler 300 was also among the best handling thanks to a heavy-duty suspension. It was also very luxurious and handsome in a bulky linebacker sort of way.

But the most prominent display of the first 300's attributes didn't come in any showroom, but on racetracks around the Southeast. Back in '55, NASCAR stock cars were in fact stock production vehicles and, except for some crude safety equipment and numbers on the doors, almost indistinguishable from the cars the public could buy. With absolutely no support from Chrysler, Mercury Outboard founder Carl Kiekhaefer campaigned a fleet of white 300s during the 1955 NASCAR Grand National season with drivers like the Flock brothers (Tim, Fonty and Bob) and Norm Nelson behind the wheel.

The Kiekhaefer 300s were spectacularly dominant and overwhelmed the factory-backed Chevrolets and Fords. Tim Flock took the driver's championship while winning 18 of the 38 races he entered and finishing in the top five an astounding 32 times. His brother, Fonty, took another three victories, while Chrysler campaigner Lee Petty took home three trophies. Suddenly, the 300 had a glorious racing heritage.

Considering the short model year for that first 300 (only 1,725 were sold at a thick $4,109 base price), it was no surprise that the 1956 300 was pretty much a carryover machine. Actually, the easiest way to tell the '56 300 from the '55 was that it now wore the name "300-B" as the tradition of labeling each subsequent model year with the next letter of the alphabet began.

Beyond that name modification and new taillights, the 300-B also featured the latest version of the Hemi V8, now displacing 354 cubic inches and making 340 hp. Plus, there was now an optional version featuring a 10.0-to-1 compression ratio that was rated at an almost unfathomable 355 hp. Success on the racetrack continued, but sales actually softened a bit to just 1,102 units.

Even by the standards of the mid-'50s, the entire Chrysler range of cars looked a little dowdy. If the 300 were to prosper, it had to get looks to match its performance.

Second Generation: 1957-1959

Virgil Exner, then Chrysler's design chief, called his new styling direction that was seen on all the 1957 Chryslers "Sweptline," in reference to the upswept tailfins that adorned the cars' rear flanks. And the car that best exemplified the new look was the new 300-C. This car wasn't just gorgeous, but glamorous. From its Ferrari-like grille to the plump rear fins, the 300-C exuded sex appeal in a way no domestic car had before it. The original 300-C is still considered by many to be the most beautiful and desirable 300 of them all.

More than just the sheet metal was new, as Chrysler put a whole new chassis under its cars for '57, featuring a torsion bar front suspension. And the Hemi itself had grown to 392 cubic inches (6.4 liters) and was now available in 375- and 390-hp versions. Most 300-Cs came equipped with Chrysler's TorqueFlite push-button automatic transmission, but the 390-hp version was usually paired with a three-speed manual transmission. The 300-C was also the first 300 available as a convertible.

Stuffed with more leather than ever before and wearing a new circular badge that would become a 300-series trademark, the base price of the 300-C hardtop ($4,929) was almost $700 more than that of the 300-B. But that hardly mattered, as this radically more attractive machine found 2,402 buyers — 484 of them opting for convertibles. The first two years of the 300 may have established the marque's performance credentials, but it was the 300-C that gave the car an aura of greatness.

Chrysler didn't do much to create the 1958 300-D, other than modify the '57 hardtop's windshield slightly, throw some red paint on the hubcaps and offer Bendix's electronic fuel injection system as an option. Unfortunately, electronic fuel injection wasn't a great idea in an era when vacuum tubes still ruled the electronics world, and the 16 or so cars equipped with the Bendix system were recalled and retrofitted with carburetors. The single engine that remained, a 392-cubic-inch Hemi wearing dual Carter four-barrel carbs, made 380 hp.

"Once moving, the 300's huge 9.00-by-14 nylons slap at tar strips with solid authority," wrote the Motor Trend editors about the 300-D. "The low-speed ride is rough on city streets, solid on highways up to 85 or so and just right at anything you can run over that. There's no body or chassis vibration from either engine or suspension…. The entire package is an impressively engineered, confident automobile that knows it's good — and soon let's you know it, too." In spite of the accolades, production dropped to 618 hardtops and 191 convertibles that year.

And that was it for the Hemi engine in the 300 for the next 47 years.

While the 1959 300-E looked much like the 300-D (except for a new grille texture and, of course, the modified badges), Chrysler fitted it with a 413-cubic-inch (6.8-liter) "Wedge" head V8. Swapping the Hemi's hemispherical combustion chambers for the Wedge's wedge-shaped ones didn't change the 380 hp available to buyers (the induction system remained dual Carter four-barrels), but it did provide additional torque lower in the power band. Just 550 hardtop and 140 convertible 300-Es found homes that year.

What was next for the 300 was a whole new way of building Chryslers.

Third Generation: 1960-1962

All the new 1960 Chryslers looked different, and they truly were as the corporation adopted unibody construction techniques for all its full-size cars. So the 300-F would be the first 300 to lack a traditional ladder frame underneath it.

The relatively elegant styling of the 300-C, -D and -E was tossed aside with the 300-F, as it adopted some of the most flamboyant styling ever seen outside the Ringling Brothers big top. The tail fins were now razor-thin and ended in a point that looked ready to impale pedestrians. The flat trunk lid between the fins featured the impression of a spare tire. And up front, there was a spectacular, yet tastefully simple, grille with just two thin chrome bars intersecting at the grille's center.

Matching the over-the-top exterior, the 300-F's interior featured four individual bucket seats with a center console running the length of the cockpit between them. The "Astradome" instrumentation put a 150-mph speedometer under a large, clear plastic dome with subordinate gauges in their own smaller domes.

But the sheer spectacle of the 300-F didn't stop there. In the engine bay, the 413 Wedge V8 now featured an exotic "Ram-Tuned" long runner intake manifold that placed each Carter carb outboard of the engine itself, feeding the opposite bank of cylinders. The throttle linkage alone had the intimidating intricacy of a Swiss watch. Power was now pegged at 375 hp in most 300-Fs, with a very few vehicles getting a higher-compression version making 400 hp. Nearly all cars were equipped with the Torqueflite three-speed automatic, but a handful (maybe four) had a French-made "Pont-A-Mousson" four-speed manual. Production rose to 964 hardtops and 248 convertibles.

Except for modified styling that included headlights stacked inside slanted housings, the 1961 300-G was very much a carryover from the 300-F. Still, production climbed to 1,280 hardtops and 337 convertibles.

Things got confusing for 1962, as the 300 was now available in two distinct series. First was the traditional "Letter Series" car now called, naturally, the 300-H, which lost the massive tail fins of previous years but was otherwise a rerun of the 300-G. Then, there was the new 300 "Sport Series," which essentially replaced the Windsor in Chrysler's lineup and included the first four-doors (hardtop and pillared sedan) to carry the 300 name. The Sport Series carried over the Letter Series grille and styling cues but used a revised version of the lower-line Newport interior. And while the 300-H still had the 413 under its hood (once again rated at 380 hp), the Sport Series packed the relatively lackluster 383-cubic-inch (6.3-liter) V8, making just 305 hp while breathing through a single two-barrel carb.

If nothing else, the addition of the Sport Series confused the public, and sales of the 300-H plummeted to just 435 hardtops and 123 convertibles. However, that was offset by the 25,578 Sport Series 300s that were sold.

Fourth Generation: 1963-1964

A major restyling came to all Chryslers for 1963, and the Letter Series 300 was no exception. However, the company decided to skip over the letter "I" and named this car the 300-J. And it was available only as a two-door hardtop with a 390-hp version of the 413 Wedge under its hood. Sales shrank to a total of just 400 300-Js. At the same time, 24,665 300 Sport Series models were shipped — including 2,167 replicas of the 300 convertible that paced that year's Indianapolis 500.

The convertible returned to the Letter Series for 1964, but the 300-K was otherwise identical to the 300-J. Still, Letter Series sales rebounded to 3,022 hardtops and 625 convertibles, while 26,887 Sport Series cars found homes.

Fifth Generation: 1965-1966

For 1965, the 300s got a sleeker body. For the first time, dual carbs weren't available and output of the 413 dropped to 360 hp on the 300-L. There were only barely discernable differences between the 300-L and lesser 300s. It was obvious — the Letter Series was doomed…even though 2,405 hardtops and 440 convertibles were sold that year.

With the Letter Series terminated for 1966, the 300 became, well, merely an ordinary Chrysler. The 1966 300 was available in four different body styles: two-door hardtop, four-door hardtop, convertible and four-door sedan. All were built on the same 124-inch wheelbase of other Chryslers and shared the same basic styling. The standard engine in the 300 was the 383 V8 with a single four-barrel carburetor making a relatively modest 325 hp. A 365-hp version of the same engine was optional.

Sixth Generation: 1967-1968

A new roof and pointed grille distinguished the 1967 300 from the '66 model, and the four-door sedan was gone from the lineup. But the biggest change was a move up to Chrysler's 440-cubic-inch (7.2-liter) V8 which, inhaling through a single four-barrel, was rated at 350 hp. For just $79, buyers could have the "TNT" version of the 440 making 375 hp.

Hidden headlamps were added to the 1968 300's bag of styling tricks to create a unique look similar to the 300-X show car Chrysler had displayed in 1966. But there really wasn't much else changed, and a total of 34,621 300s were built with 2,161 of those being convertibles.

Seventh Generation: 1969-1971

The 300 had always been a big car, but in 1969 it grew even larger with a new slab-sided body it shared with the lower-line Newport and luxury-leader Imperial. The available engines and body styles stayed the same, and sales dipped slightly to 32,472 cars.

Nothing was new about the 1970 300, except for revised taillights. But the Hurst Corporation took matters into its own hands when it made 501 special Chrysler 300-Hurst models during the year. Featuring a special white and gold paint scheme and a Hurst shifter controlling the three-speed Torqueflite automatic, power for the Hurst model came from the 375-hp TNT 440. While this model is not generally considered part of the 300 letter car series, it is considered collectible.

The 300 would limp into 1971 shorn of its convertible model and selling just 13,939 units. There was no 1972 Chrysler 300, and practically no one mourned its passing.

Eighth Generation: 1979

By 1979, Chrysler's midsize personal luxury car, the Cordoba, was four years old and beginning to fade in the marketplace. So midway through the model year Chrysler decided to redecorate the Cordoba using white paint, some phony front fender vents and red, white and blue pinstriping, and called it the "300." That sounds bad, but it gets worse. The only engine offered was a 195-hp, 360-cubic-inch (5.9-liter) V8 which, when combined with the three-speed automatic transmission, produced less than thrilling performance.

No wonder that the 300 went into a 20-year hibernation after that.

Ninth Generation: 1999-2004

Every 300 produced between '55 and '79 had a V8 engine, rear-wheel drive and at least one two-door body style in common. The all-new 1999 300M was an altogether different beast: a four-door sedan with a V6 engine in its nose driving the front wheels. Yet by most measures it was the best 300 yet.

Before its introduction, Marty Levine, then general manager for Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep-Eagle, promised The Detroit News, "This is not going to be another European wannabe sport sedan. We've never done a letter car that was as exclusively American as this." So, of course that meant the new car would be built in Canada.

Based on the second-generation of Chrysler's "cab forward" LH platform, the 300M used a 3.5-liter, SOHC, 24-valve V6 making a commendable 253 hp (that's net horsepower, a far more conservative standard than the "gross" rating used in the '50s and '60s) and mounted longitudinally in the engine bay. It drove a four-speed automatic transaxle that featured "AutoStick" manual shifting using the floor-mounted lever. Much of what one would expect on a "Letter Car" was in fact standard, including leather seating surfaces, power seats, power everything else and, for the first time on a 300, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS.

Edmund.com's first encounter with the 300M was a positive one. "[The] 300M was designed to offer a taut suspension and consistent steering as well as a strong motor," we wrote. "Two different suspension settings are available for the 300M: the standard one for more of a touring taste, and an optional Performance Handling Group which includes a tighter suspension. The performance suspension is standard fare for exported 300Ms, but because Americans seem to prefer interstate cruising to negotiating switchbacks, we have to settle for a slightly softer ride. Or you can pay an extra $255 for the 'Performance' suspension, tighter steering, 16-inch performance tires, high-performance ABS and a less restrictive governor on the top speed. Consider it money well spent." With a price starting at $28,700, the new 300M was an instant hit for Chrysler.

Unlike previous Letter Cars that got a new letter designation every year, the 300M made it into the year 2000 with its original name intact. In fact, virtually the entire car was a carryover from '99, and the '00 model finished fourth in Edmunds.com's comparison of eight entry-level luxury cars. "Everything about the 300M," we then wrote, "from its monstrous size to its guttural engine roar, exuded classic American iron. Even the gauges feature an old-world font. With their 'Timex Indiglo' lighting and polished chrome rings, it was easy to see the original Chrysler 300's bloodline in this latest 300M sedan…. Chrysler is to be commended for doing more than just rebadging a Concorde and calling it a 300 (an approach taken by certain American carmakers all too often). The 300M gets its own sheet metal, suspension and the aforementioned classic gauge cluster."

However, the car did garner criticism for featuring mere 16-inch wheels in a class where 17s were becoming the standard, for the raucous nature of its 3.5-liter V6 and for its lackluster braking performance. "Think of the 300M as Chrysler's first serious attempt at a world car," we concluded. "The shortened length (compared to an LHS sedan) widens its appeal to European buyers, and the suspension offers handling that few comparably sized sedans can match. As a true world car, it needs improved brakes and much higher build-quality standards. As a people mover for full-size hot-rod enthusiasts, it hits the mark."

Changes were scant to the 300M for 2001, but a hot-rodded "Special" model arrived for 2002 with a firmer suspension, an upgrade brake system, increased-effort steering, 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot tires and mild cosmetic touches inside and out.

We revisited the car, as a 300M Special took part of a five-car, entry-level luxury sedan comparison test. It finished fourth again this time behind the Infiniti I35, Lexus ES 300, Saab 9-5 and Volkswagen Passat W8. Road Test Editor Erin Riches wrote, "The 300M Special has a controlled yet taut ride and tire rumble makes the cabin noisy on the highway. Of course the very attributes that make the 300M less compliant than its peers also make it a rewarding companion for any driver who turns onto a winding two-lane highway — the Chrysler was the only full-size car in this group, but it exhibited the least body roll and the most grip when pushed around curves, and maintained the highest speed through the 600-foot slalom (63.6 mph). Stability control is not available for the 300M; standard traction control prevents the front wheels from spinning excessively on slippery surfaces…. Our test vehicle had much the same build quality issues as the earlier 300M Special we tested — various interior rattles, a slightly loose center console, front doors that rubbed against the firewall pads whenever they were opened or closed and misaligned exterior body panels.

"Compared with the ES 300, I35 and Passat W8, the 300M Special seemed too rough around the edges for an entry-level luxury sedan. While its roomy interior and surprising performance thresholds could justify a test-drive for some, it's not a car that we would recommend to most buyers shopping in this segment."

The 300M would finish out its life in 2003 and 2004 with the open secret of the imminent return of a rear-drive, V8-powered 300 haunting it. The anticipation for what came next was almost overwhelming.

Tenth Generation: 2005-Present

The current Chrysler 300 is nothing short of sensational. Except for the fact that it's built in the same plant and can be had with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine in lower-end models (there's also a base model with a 2.7-liter V6), the new 300 shares practically nothing with the outgoing 300M. The new unibody structure mounts a rear-drive drivetrain and incorporates suspension components originally developed for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The styling is aggressively American with more than a taste of gangster influence. The best news, of course, is sitting up at the top of the range, the new 300C model powered by the new 5.7-liter "Hemi" V8 engine making 340 hp. After getting our first taste of the 300C, we wrote, "Chrysler has reintroduced the idea of rear-wheel drive and V8 power to buyers shopping for a premium family sedan and/or entry-level luxury car. Will the 300 be the car that sends Toyota back to the drawing board and forces BMW to slash prices? Maybe not, but with just $32,000 standing between you and a stylish, well-equipped 340-hp sedan, it has never been a better time to be a power-hungry weekend enthusiast."

It's still too early to call the new 300 a classic, but it's obviously an exciting development in the nameplate's history. And with a lengthy list of safety features and optional all-wheel drive (for those who face harsh winters), in addition to its stunning performance and styling, we don't see any reason to be anything but optimistic about its future.

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