Friday, April 8, 2011

Car of the Day:April 9, 2010

Today's car is the ERTL 1957 Chrysler 300C.

The Chrysler 300 "letter series" were high-performance luxury cars built in very limited numbers by the Chrysler Corporation in the U.S. from 1955-1965. Each year's model used a new letter of the alphabet as a suffix (skipping "i"), reaching 300L by 1965, after which the model was dropped.

The 300 "letter series" cars were among the vehicles that focused on performance built by domestic U.S. manufacturers after World War II, and thus can be considered one of the muscle car's ancestors, though much more expensive and exclusive.

The 1957 300C is generally considered the classic year of the 300 "letter series". New styling was brought in, with a yawning wide front grille and fins; the Hemi engine was upgraded to 392 cu in (6.4 L) with 375 hp (280 kW), or as a very limited edition 390 hp (290 kW) version (18 built). A convertible model was available for the first time. The car had a number of red, white and blue '300C' medallions on the sides, hood, trunk and interior. 1,767 coupes and 484 convertibles were built.

The Chrysler 300 could be argued as the quintessential American car of the 1950s. With graceful and elegant styling as well as 380 horsepower V-8, it's the car that defined America. With so few built, they are collectors cars today that when fully restored bring six figure values.

Bought this ERTL model from Quicksilver recently. An extremely nice replica which features chrome accents, jewled headlights and multiple opening parts. Add in the detailed underside with scale leaf springs and exhaust piping and we've got a winner

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