If you didnt say, Wow! when you saw that lead image of this 1956 Chrysler 300B up above, I think you may be better off collecting stamps or watching birds or something, because this is a car that makes any car guy stop in his tracks instantly. Its a high-performance car that dominated NASCAR tracks, a luxury car that was poised at the top of the Chrysler model lineup, and a 55-year-old piece of history for people who are in love with the past. In short, theres something here for everyone. Add in the brilliant Regimental Red paint job, a matching-numbers drive train featuring an original dual-quad Hemi, the fact that it is extremely rare (only 1102 were built), and you have one of todays strongest blue-chip automotive investments.The paint on this car looks positively radiant under the lights in our photo studio, and even better out in the sun. That crisp, Virgil Exner design is almost the opposite of everything that was going on in the industry in 1956its lower, wider, and almost devoid of extraneous trim, making competitors over at the other new car dealerships look dated before they even hit the showroom floor. Make no mistake, this is a big car, but its proportions are cleverly disguised by brilliant design. This one was restored several years ago and still presents beautifully, and the 2-stage paint was applied over some very straight sheet metal. You know there are no replacement panels for these cars, so thats all factory steel that has been lovingly restored to what amounts to better-than-new condition. Panel gaps are excellent, and you can tell how straight the car is by looking at the body contours behind the body-length chrome trimit matches up extremely well from panel to panel in a smooth, unbroken line. Those quarter panels are massive, and getting them this straight is no small feat, so kudos to the craftsmen who put this one together. It is every bit as nice as it appears in photos.If this were, say, a Cadillac, Id talk about all the chrome trim, but with the 300, theres a fraction as much. Yes, it was all restored to show condition when the car was restored, but I bet the plating bill was a fraction of a comparable 1956 Cadillac restoration. The bumpers and grille are gorgeous and wave-free, while the stainless trim that surrounds the windows and the greenhouse has been buffed to a chrome-like shine. And, of course, theres that strip of trim that stretches front to back and is arrow-straight today. Out back, big taillight housings are in first-rate condition with no cracks or fading. Badges, such as the 300 emblem on the hood and deck lid are gorgeous (I dont know if reproduction items are available, but the workmanship on these is astounding). Im especially fond of the stylized CHRYSLER 300B lettering on the rear quarter panels because its so 1950s. Glass is clear and in good condition, including that big, wrap-around rear window.As I mentioned in the introduction, the 300B is a lot more than a pretty face. In fact, its 354 cubic inch Hemi was the first American production engine to generate the previously unattainable 1 horsepower per cubic inch. At 355 horsepower, the dual-quad Hemi did just that, and it led to the 300B dominating NASCAR races despite the cars rather hefty curb weight. The Hemi in this 300B is the original, numbers-matching piece, fully rebuilt and restored along with the rest of the car. The Hemi Gold engine paint gives the car an upscale look under the hood (which is exactly what they were aiming for), and theres no mistaking those big valve covers with integral spark plug openings. Its showing some signs of careful usage, but that only means that this car is too much fun to drive to leave sitting in a garage. Youll also note the heavy-duty generator on top of the engine, which also drives the power steering systemhence the two drive belts. Dual Carter WCFB 4-barrel carburetors live on top, and RK Motors is currently trying to obtain a correct air cleaner to replace the chrome units currently on the car, although you can imagine the difficulty in finding such a rare piece. Everything is fully functional, and the car drives like the gentlemans hot rod that it isits not exactly quiet, but theres a purposeful hum to the engine thats awful hard to ignore. From the drivers seat, its also hard to keep your foot off the accelerator, because this big brute moves surprisingly well.The transmission is a PowerFlite automatic, which was one of three available transmissions on the 300B (two automatics and a 3-speed manual were the choices). Out back theres a durable 8.75 rear, probably packing 3.07 gears, which were standard on the 300B. The chassis on this 300 was well detailed at the time of restoration, and like the engine, is now showing some signs of being driven and enjoyed, but properly maintained. The frame is gloss black, with solid floors and no signs of rust or poorly done repairs. A true dual exhaust system sounds very healthy, and appears to be new from the intermediate pipes back. Both front and rear suspensions have been rebuilt, and feature new bushings and tube-type shocks for a very luxurious ride. The 4-wheel drum brakes have been rebuilt recently, with new lines throughout. The chrome 15-inch wire wheels are a beautiful addition, perfectly setting off the red paint, although when new, they were a very rare option. Recent wide whitewall radials look vintage, but allow this 55-year-old cruiser to feel decades younger.The 300 buyer in 1955 wanted to feel special, and as a result, the interior features beautiful workmanship, first-class materials, and an exceptionally clean design. Beautifully restored in tan leather, the seats have been reupholstered in the original pattern. There are new carpets on the floor and the door panels are gorgeous. Overhead, correct perforated vinyl was used on the headliner, as original. The two-tone dashboard was correctly repainted with the black center section, and the gauges and knobs were all restored to new condition. A later AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit lives in the dashboard, but nothing has been cut or modified to accommodate it, so an original radio can be easily retrofitted. The steering wheel is positively gorgeous, with a matching 2-tone color scheme and a brilliant chrome horn ringand check out the molded-in thumb rests! Seat belts have been added for safety, and are subtle enough that some could believe they were original equipment.In back, the gorgeously upholstered trunk looks like it was stolen from a Rolls-Royce. Beautifully fitted panels feature matching carpet and contrasting piping on the edges, and even the full-sized spare has its own tailored cover. Ive rarely seen a trunk that looks this good on an American production car, but its just another piece of WOW! on this Chrysler.Documentation includes original manuals, sales brochures, and shop books, including a wiring diagram. We also have a comprehensive restoration album showing this car torn down to a bare frame during the process, so you can see the work that was done.If youve been watching collector car values lately, you know that the letter series Chryslers havent just been inching up in value, theyve been leaping over their Buick, Cadillac, and Lincoln contemporaries. Their unique styling puts them in a class by themselves, and many point to these cars as the true precursors to the more familiar muscle cars that would follow eight years later. The Hemi under the hood puts out horsepower numbers that even today are highly respectable and always makes bystanders do a double-take when they see those familiar valve covers. You can proudly say, Yes, its got a Hemi, whenever someone asks. Look again at the pictures, then the price tag on this one. Buy now or regret it later, because this one is moving fast! Call today.
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