16 August 1998
1957 CHRYSLER 300-C CONVERTIBLE
Chassis No. 3N57 2950
Engine No. 3NE573030
Cloud white with saddle leather interior
Engine: hemispherical head V8, 392ci., 375bhp at 5,200rpm; Gearbox: pushbutton 3-speed torqueflite automatic; Suspension: front torsion bars with rear leaf springs; Brakes: power assisted drums. Left hand drive.
In 1955 Chrysler introduced its 300 series. The aim of designer Virgil M. Exner was to improve the look of Chrysler's cars. He described it as having "....an eager, poised for action look". This was due to the prominent rear fins, the noted trend of the fifties, which took a stylistic approach to aerodynamics by combining great looks with useful function. The styling was so highly acclaimed that the 300 model was awarded two Grand Prix d'Honeur cups and two gold medals from the Industrial Designers Institute. In addition to the awards the 300-C won for its design excellence, it drew much attention for its racing prowess as well. The 300-C dominated NASCAR and AAA races from its initial entry into each respective series.
Chrysler continued its dominance by consistently improving its 300 series and adopting new and innovative technology in both engineering and styling. One such innovation was the Virgil Exner tailfin; Exner's tailfin design was first fitted on the Ghia-built Dart and then applied to the new '57 300-C. The addition proved to greatly stabilize the 300-C at high speeds allowing for greater handling and performance. The fins were then incorporated into the car's production design and were extremely useful in controlling what eagerly hid waiting under the hood. Exner referred to Chrysler's 1957 styling as the new shape of motion. The shape utilized only components neccesary to aid in the ergonomics of the car as the 300-C was essentially devoid of extraneous or decorative trim.
The convertible offered here received a most thorough restoration and whenever possible the car was completed to the original build specifications. The fully documented and photographed restoration involved an engine rebuild of the highest quality with all parts being replaced or refurbished. The car was treated to a bare metal respray while all chrome was restored to the same standard of exquisite quality. The result is quite impressive. The engine bay appears spotless and fully detailed. The interior was completely reupholstered using the correct saddle leather interior as originally specified. The body is reported as being rust free. All instruments are reported as being in excellent operating conditions and appear as new. The owner reports this car has only show miles and is 'absolutely pristine'.
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