The All-American Chrysler 300 warmed its way into our hearts upon its first appearance in 2005, but it wasn’t the first luxury sedan created by the famous minivan brand. Apart of their “letter series”, the 1955 Chrysler C-300 came onto the scene centered on performance made by U.S manufacturers after World War II. After this, it used the 300 name for performance sedans in 1999 for the 300M and again for the current generation for the V-8 powered 300C models.
It may seem a bit unfair to compare cars with such vast time spans, but sometimes that element of nostalgia is necessary in order to learn from where we started. It’s a battle of old school versus new with the 1955 Chrysler C-300 and 2020 300C!
1955 Chrysler C-300
The iconic Chrysler C-300 took the automotive world by storm with its game-changing specs and performance upon its debut. Considered mind-blowing back then as it has a 300 horsepower 5.4-liter HEMI “Firepower” V8 engine. Certainly considered the most thunderous American car in its day, and played a significant role in the “muscle car movement” during the 1950s through the ’60s.
In combination with making the Flying Mile record at a measurement of 127.58 mph (205.32 km/h) and proving triumphant in NASCAR, it was soon used to advertise as the “world’s fastest stock car” or sometimes referred to as “The Banker’s Hot Rod”!
The Initial Reception
$4,100 may sound like a steal to some, but back then, this was considered a hefty amount, therefore, the C-300 was considered to be a luxury vehicle. This model received great acclaim and soon much business for the company for the next 10 plus years.
In the beginning, this car attracted attention due to its rarity in its type of make and gave Chrysler a reputation as the top dog of muscle cars. The brand’s 300 “letter series”, which were successive models given the next letter of the alphabet as a suffix, was considered a big hit. However, by the time the Chrysler 300H come out, and others following this, interest was soon lost, especially since a lot of the models didn’t have much distinction between them, and it was a little too late by the time the styling was finally updated for the 300J. The company tried to re-strategize again by diluting the features and making the price more reasonable with their 300L model, however, it still proved not to be enough, marking the end for the series for quite some time.
2020 Chrysler 300
Decades after the end of the “letter series” reign, Chrysler debuted the revamped 300 model at the 2003 New York International Auto Show, with a modern interpretation of the C-300. It showed off its large grille and hood, as well as its low roofline. The re-establishment of the 300 models proved to be worth it, as it enjoyed a great deal of success in the mid-2000s and also gained popularity among high-profile celebrities.
The 2020 Chrysler really brings that level of class and refinement to the brand more than ever, though it holds a strong likeness to its predecessors. Similar to the “letter series” the company doesn’t seem to hold much interest in making big revisions to the style of the car, which some automotive critics have said this inaction only hurts the company.
On the flip side, maybe Chrysler simply believes in the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, especially since it already provides much power with its strong and mighty 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. The addition of the 394 lb-ft of torque helps make this car easy to handle and makes for great acceleration. Best of all, this 2020 full-sized car is a delight to ride in for is luxury but incredibly kind in its pricing.
Miami Lakes Chrysler
All in all, for which car fair better all depends on one’s preference and especially love for nostalgia versus updated technology. Speaking of updated vehicles, Miami Lakes Automall is currently selling 2020 Chrysler 300 models for around $35,000, (plus destination fee). It rocks timeless American styling while implementing an array of standard features like a 6-speaker AM/FM/satellite radio with an 8-inch touch screen, USB input, and Bluetooth streaming.
Those who are interested in this model can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.