To commemorate 90 years of Chrysler, we’re taking a tour through our automotive history with a nine-part video series highlighting some of our most iconic, groundbreaking vehicles. Starting with the founding of the brand in 1924, and through nearly a century of craftsmanship, we’re taking a closer look at the style and vision of Walter P. Chrysler and celebrating the vehicles and that have driven us through nine decades of innovation.
In this second installment, we’re celebrating the golden age of American automobiles — the 1950s and 1960s — with a tour of the 1955 Chrysler 300, the first in the Chrysler 300 “letter series,” and the dramatically designed, experimental 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car, of which only 200 were ever made. Turn your attention to the rearview mirror and see the Chrysler vehicles of the Baby Boom.
1955 Chrysler 300
The 1955 Chrysler 300 is often referred to as the first muscle car, combining Forward Look design and styling with a 300-horsepower HEMI® engine — at the time it was America’s most powerful production car. After setting records on the racetrack, including a 143-mph performance at Daytona Beach, the striking 1955 Chrysler 300 became a popular choice for America’s new upwardly mobile suburbanites.
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car
The 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car is truly a one-of-a-kind vehicle, still to this day. After experimenting with turbine engines in the 1950s, Chrysler finally perfected the technology and showcased it with the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car. Inspired by jet propulsion engines, even the design of the Turbine Car exhibited an aviation aesthetic, which embraced the can-do optimism of the decade.
Stay tuned for future video installments, and read more about our history as we continue Celebrating 90 Years of Chrysler Innovation and Luxury.