You’ve seen the class and luxury of the Chrysler 300, but one thing might still be sticking out, where does the “300” in its name come from? The 300 name originates from the horsepower of the original engine that was in the very first Chrysler 300, produced in 1955. From there, a letter series was initiated that saw each subsequent model named with a letter after the “300.” Today, the present day Chrysler 300’s keep the original name and tradition of the vehicle alive. Learn from Southtown Chrysler all about what’s behind the Chrysler 300 name.
The first Chrysler 300 was introduced in 1955. It got the “300” in its name for the 300 horsepower produced out of its 5.4L HEMI V8 engine. The Chrysler 300 was built around this engine, as there was currently no commercial vehicle in Chrysler’s lineup to properly showcase such an engine. This made the Chrysler 300 the most powerful American production car for that year. The power and efficiency of the HEMI engine was combined with its excellent transmission and handling to make a true marvel for the 1950s, even gaining a quick NASCAR history as some drivers began to take notice of its power. Based off its engine power, the 300 represents the strength of the vehicle directly in its model name.
Chrysler 300 Letter Series
The next Chrysler 300 model created, in 1956, was the Chrysler 300B, and so the “letter series” began. Starting here, each new model would be christened with a subsequent alphabet letter with each new iteration of the 300. Eventually going all the way from B to M (they skipped the letter “I”), each new Chrysler enjoyed new design elements, always putting luxury at top of mind, as well as tinkering with its important performance capabilities. The Chrysler seemingly came to an end with the 300L in 1965, until 30 years later when it was revitalized in the final letter series entrant with the 300M, which itself ended in 2004. The last Chrysler 300 of this segment was vastly different from its last predecessor in the 1960s, but would kick off a new life for the vehicle.
Chrysler 300 in the Present
Receiving a breath of fresh in 2005, the Chrysler 300 was reintroduced to the lineup with the look we know today. The letter series was dropped as each subsequent model continued to just be referred to as the Chrysler 300. This modern sedan harkened back to its original tenants when it was first in production, prioritizing performance and overhauling its design to make it as luxurious as we see in today’s lineup. In name, capability and styling, the Chrysler 300 represents in 2018 the same things it did way back in 1955, a model to be trusted from its title all the way down to its specifications.
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