Chrysler - 300
The Chrysler 300 is a full-size car designed by Ralph Gilles. There have been many vehicles using the name, starting in 1955 and continuing to this day. The 300 name made a brief reappearance in 1979, as a limited special edition Chrysler Cordoba. This "300" had a High Output 360 in³ engine mated to a special 3-speed automatic transmission. Surprisingly, the car was a fairly good performer in its time, as 1979 was not exactly a banner year for muscle cars, and the emissions equipment really strangled the engines of that time period. One test showed that it actually outperformed many of the "real" 300s of lore.
Only 3,811 were produced.
For the 1999 model year, DaimlerChrysler revived the 300 name on the 300M. This time it was a front-wheel drive, V6-engined car using the Chrysler LH platform. While not technically part of the famous "letter series" of the 1950s and 1960s, Chrysler did have a sense of continuity, using the next letter, M, after the last 300L. The 300M was a luxury car and was portrayed as one of Chrysler's "flagship" vehicles.
Chrysler 300 SRT8
New South Wales NSW, Australia
Chrysler 300c STR8
The current 300 is a full-size sport/luxury sedan which was first shown at the 2003 New York Auto Show as a concept car and first introduced in the spring of 2004 as an early 2005 model. Its design was clearly inspired by the 1957 Chrysler 300C, the headlights and grill being the most obvious design cues taken from its ancestor. Designed by Ralph Gilles, the new 300 was built to bring a high performance, sporty sedan.
The 300C is also sold in Australia, the first large Chrysler sold there since the Valiant was discontinued in 1981. The 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Magnum all share the Chrysler LX platform, which features components derived from the discontinued W210 Mercedes-Benz E-Class of 1996 to 2002. Such components include the suspension design, front seat frames, wiring harnesses, steering column, the 5-speed automatic's design, and a derivative of the 4-Matic all-wheel drive system.