When it comes to heritage vehicles, the “Letter Cars” or “Letter Series” of the Chrysler 300 is one that many of our fans proudly appreciate. Their appearance is known for both luxury and performance, a combination current Chrysler owners can relate to.
The 1955 C-300 may be considered the first, but the successor to the undisputed stock car champion was the brawny 1956 Chrysler 300-B, pictured above. Though it had a similar resemblance to its predecessor, it was distinguished by a new tailfin treatment and featured the latest version of the HEMI® V8.
Under the hood, this legendary Chrysler vehicle was offered in two models: a 354 cu in HEMI® V8 with either a 340- or 355-horsepower engine. When equipped with 355 horsepower, the V8 engine put forth one horsepower per cubic inch — a milestone for the automotive industry.
New for the interior came the Chrysler-exclusive, factory-installed Highway hi-fi phonograph player – the first music system that put drivers in control what was played. Records for this system held roughly 45 minutes of music, or an hour of speech per side.
Be sure to keep an eye out for more form the “Letter Series” from our Chrysler heritage. Which “Letter Car” catches your eye? Tell us in the comments below.