- This was a personal car of Bill Harrah.
- It was the fastest, highest-powered American production car of its time.
- The original Chrysler 300 letter series was produced from 1955-1965.
- The letter series was reintroduced in 1999, re-emphasizing Chrysler’s performance history.
One of the most fascinating production cars of the mid-1950s was the Chrysler 300 Sport Coupe. This beautiful, super fast coupe was designed by Virgil Exner and with engineering by Bob Roger, Chrysler’s chief engineer. In 1955, it was powered by a 300 hp version of the Chrysler Hemi engine and was built on a 126-inch wheelbase chassis. During its first year of production, the car won both the NASCAR AAA Stock Car racing championships and also set a host of speed records at Daytona Beach.
The 1956 Chrysler 300B had a new 340 hp version of the Hemi and was the fastest and highest-powered production car made in America. The 300B continued Chrysler's winning ways and set new records. The car made a two-way run at an average speed of 139.9 mph in strictly stock form, breaking the world passenger car speed record at Daytona Beach. The 300 series was produced for 11 years and made its last appearance in 1965.
Chrysler reintroduced the 300 series in 1999, reemphasizing Chrysler’s performance heritage.