The Chrysler 300C, one of the many models in Chrysler’s letter series. Its history is one that follows an artfully avant-garde trajectory. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find yourself in a bind while restoring your original Chrysler 300C, or while showing your 2019 Chrysler 300C some TLC, don’t forget your Chrysler 300C repair manual can ease the headache of seemingly unfixable repair job.
1957 Chrysler 300C
The original Chrysler 300C was released in 1957. Famed automobile designer Virgil Exner was responsible for the design and styling. This vehicle was the first in the 300 series that came in both a hardtop and convertible. With an egg-crate grille, four headlights, cathedral-window taillights, and dramatic tailfins, the 1957 300C was a head turner. This was also the first 300 to have a HEMI V8 that now displaced 392 cu in (6.4 L) and producing 375 hp (280 kW;380 PS). By special order, the horsepower could be bumped up to 390.
Nicknamed the “Beautiful Brute,” the 300C could accelerate 0-60 mph in 8 seconds and hit speeds between 129-135 mph, depending on whom you talk to. Chrysler stated that the tailfins increased the overall stability of the vehicle at higher speeds. Moreover, with its suspension, front torsion bar, and lower center of gravity, it could corner like no other 300 before it.
In 2003, with the debut of the 2005 Chrysler 300, a new remake of the 300C was inevitable. The new 300C featured a 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8. Using the Multi-displacement System (MDS), the engine could run on 4 cylinders when less power was needed. Its mpg was 15 in the city and 23 on the highway.
When using all 8 cylinders, the 300C could produce 340 hp (254 kW;345 PS) and 390 lb⋅ft (529 N⋅m) of torque. The HEMI cylinder heads necessitated the use of a double rocker arm shaft configuration, with a cam-in-block, overhead valve pushrod design. In 2009–2010, power output was increased to 360 hp (268 kW;365 PS).
Chrysler 300C SRT-8
The only thing that made the Chrysler 300C SRT-8 different from the 300C was what Chrysler was hiding under the hood. Equipped with a 6.1 L Hemi engine that produced 425 hp (317 kW;431 PS) at 6,200 rpm and 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) of torque at 4,800 rpm. The SRT-8 could accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.
In the mid-2000s, the 300C experienced a spike in popularity. Initially, made popular by Snoop Dogg; who famously contacted Chrysler’s CEO at the time, Dieter Zetsche, personally requesting a custom Chrysler 300C. The advertisement that followed cemented the Chrysler 300C’s hold as the car of hip hop. Much like the Land Rover today, the 300C became the celebrity car of choice. This further increased its popularity in the US among the rest of the population. Throughout the 2000s, the 300C and its sister car the 300, were seen as top of the line luxury cars for the everyday man.
Today, the 300C is alive and well. Although it is one of the few remaining full-size sedans on the market, it continues to thrive as an icon of ingenuity. Furthermore, if you ever need help keeping your beautiful brute on the road, keep in mind that having a Chrysler 300C service manual on hand can make any repair job go easier. So, pick yours up today!