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Old 09-28-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

American car design progressed rapidly in the 1950s- Just compare any late 40s model to the same one from the mid 50s, and you'll see what I'm talking about. One of the most radical styling improvements in a single year has to go to the entire Dodg...

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Old 09-30-2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

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Old 09-30-2012, 06:25 AM   #3
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

J-B is that you? I'm confused . . .
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

Some believe the Muscle Car era started with the '55 Chrysler 300. Some say it was a luxury car not a Muscle Car. I say it was both. It was the first car to have a V-8 with twin four barrel carbs and it was the fastest car you could buy with it's 300 horsepower Hemi. It also won the NASCAR championship in '55 with Tim Flock driving and '56 with Buck Baker driving. It was priced out of the youth market but made a statement for all performance cars that would follow.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:30 AM   #5
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

the 300 was also the first car with 1HP per cube.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:41 AM   #6
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The 55' Chrysler was a 300hp. engine,but 331cid,that works out to about .9 hp per cid.
Almost, but not there.

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Old 09-30-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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id trade our 07 300 hemi for a 55 chrysler in a heart beat! lol.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:45 AM   #8
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Didn't say 55...56's 354CI with 355HP
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:01 AM   #9
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Didn't say 55...56's 354CI with 355HP

The 56 Desoto adventurer made 1HP per ci with there 345 also. Sorry to hijack, I like the 55 coupe it has a pretty cool combo of luxury and power.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:49 AM   #10
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

And the '56 Mopars looked even better...
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:01 PM   #11
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And the '56 Mopars looked even better...
And the '57 Mopars looked better yet!
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:15 PM   #12
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

There is 253 registered today out of the 1500 some odd made. We got an unregistered one id love to get running one day, id also love to get rid of it.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:32 PM   #13
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The '56 300 goes to "11".......
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:53 AM   #14
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The '56 300 goes to "11".......
haha, love it!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:49 PM   #15
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

Chrysler was no longer the top of the line make starting in 1955, but its price basically reflected the personal luxury coupe model and it was also same size as other Chryslers. I'd still love to own one, and it could be argued as the first personal luxury coupe, but I'd put the Century and 88 before it as far as first muscle.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:55 PM   #16
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The '56 300B is a personal favorite.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:05 AM   #17
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

The 300 as shown is an ultimate car for me. I could be lifetime happy owning one of those beauties! ~sololobo~
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:53 AM   #18
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I believe they broke the flying mile records with that engine also as an 8 cyl. and a 4 cyl.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:35 PM   #19
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

The '55 Dodge grille looks fine in a shoebox, 'specially after Bass gets his hands on it...

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:12 AM   #20
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Default Re: The 100 Million Dollar Look: Chrysler for 1955!

I think they got better lookin' every year til '60....... not to say the weird kinda sorta sposed to look European body styles from '61-'64 were bad.....'65-early '70s Mopars were some of the best looking cars of the era, too!
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