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1957 Chrysler 300C Convertible 1957 Chrysler 300C Convertible
Worldwide Group Auctions
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Auction Results June, 2009 $91,300
1957 Chrysler Imperial Southampton 2-Door Hardtop 1957 Chrysler Imperial Southampton 2-Door Hardtop
Auction: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Location: March, 2007 Palm Beach, FL
Auction Results March, 2007 $62,000
1957 Chrysler 300C Two-Door Hardtop 1957 Chrysler 300C Two-Door Hardtop
Worldwide Group Auctions
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Auction Results June, 2009 $37,400
1957 Chrysler Saratoga Four-Door Hardtop 1957 Chrysler Saratoga Four-Door Hardtop
Worldwide Group Auctions
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Auction Results June, 2009 $9,240

Intentionally limited in production in 1957, the letter series Chrysler continued to be America's performance leader, and with the third version, designated the 300-C, there was even more excitement than ever when it was announced that for the first time you could have this power in the form of a convertible. 1957 also marked the release of the full force of Virgil Exner's "Forward Look" as the entire MOPAR line-up took on the designs of tomorrow with rakish styling and some of the biggest tailfins ever placed on a production automobile. While some of the company advertising tried to imply that this feature actually aided in stability on the road, no actual testing of the aerodynamic effect ever took place.

Separating the 300C from the rest of the Chrysler line was its unique front-end styling and using the axiom of "less is more;" a minimal use of exterior bright trim was placed on these cars that were the envy of the competition. As if the boost in horsepower and great new looks wasn't enough, there were other improvements not visible to the casual eye. An all-new twin parallel torsion bar suspension system was introduced, which won thumbs-up reports from contemporary writers of the day. Also part of the chassis redesign was a lowering of the engine, which improved the center-of-gravity. At the 1957 Daytona Speed Week, a mark of 134.7 mph was established, while at Chrysler's own Chelsea Proving Grounds with a few minor modifications, a speed of over 145 mph was recorded. With the new three-speed Torque-Flite transmission the power team was virtually unbeatable. Interior appointments were not lacking. Featuring full leather seating surfaces, comfort was at your finger tips as even the dashboard and instrument cluster also reflected the "Tomorrow" styling. Push-button controls were everywhere, from the transmission to the radio to the heater-defroster system.

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