While the muscle car culture made famous by companies like Dodge or Plymouth didn’t see the light of day until the following decades, no one would correct you in saying that Chrysler was way ahead of the curve.
At the time, the company called the C-300 “America’s most powerful car,” and it wasn’t all talk. It was a fortunate case where advertising did a product justice without exaggerating.
This convertible black beauty boasts a 413ci (6.8-liter) V8 engine that can produce 380 horsepower (385 ps). It also has a three-speed push-button automatic transmission.
The wedge-head engine was called the Golden Lion, and Chrysler referred to this model as being “lion-hearted.” The company even put the feline on the brochures and everything.
Among the almost endless list of features this fine piece of history comes equipped with, we first count the twin side-view mirrors and grille, as part of the highbrow brightwork. The grille has red-painted horizontal bars that are meant to go together with the air inlets positioned underneath the headlights.
The interior looks as pristine as the exterior. The seats are covered in perforated leather, the floors have thick carpeting, and the padded dashboard has its gauges looking as beautiful as ever. On top of everything, it even comes with its own custom car cover, pun intended.
Now, while the estimated price on Mecum, from where the car is selling at auction, is steep, there surely is an aficionado out there with their checkbook ready and waiting. The event is being held at the Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, between January 4-15.
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