1958 Chrysler 300D 413 cubic inch wedge head V-8 engine


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Foremost among them are the formidable early Hemi-powered Chrysler 300 “letter cars” of the 1950s, which, by virtue of their cost and long list of standard and optional features, were reserved for the wealthiest and most discerning buyers. Cloaked in handsome Virgil Exner-designed bodies and carefully engineered, the 300 series offered the ultimate in American luxury and performance. In an April 1958 Road & Track road test, it was remarked that “It is an American prestige car, whose sports car-derived features and characteristics make it outstanding.”

The year 1957 had been a banner year for all of the automakers, but in 1958, things changed quickly. The reeling economy, coupled with an industry-wide strike, served to significantly reduce the number of 1958 models built by all manufacturers, and the Chrysler 300D production was no exception. Unfortunately, electronic fuel injection wasn't a great idea in an era when vacuum tubes still ruled the electronics world; hence, the relative handful of cars equipped with the Bendix system were recalled and retrofitted with carburetors. The single engine that remained was a 392-cid FirePower Hemi fitted with dual Carter four-barrel carbs and making 380 horsepower. This particular car has the pushbutton automatic three-speed TorqueFlite transmission.

The 300D powerplant looked like the FirePower engine in the Chrysler New Yorker and Imperial, but had significant differences which justified its cost to the connoisseur of the period. Along with the previously mentioned dual carbs, the 300D utilized a modified intake and exhaust manifold and air cleaners, and a camshaft with both longer duration and higher lift than on the standard engine. Due to low production and high cost, 1958 was also the last year that the company offered its Hemi in a full-size Chrysler; for 1959, it was discontinued with the 300E, which only came equipped with the less expensive 413 cubic inch wedge head V-8 engine. Nineteen fifty-eight was also notable as a 300D was driven to 156.387-mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
1958 Chrysler 300D 413 cubic inch wedge head V-8 engine
$ 15,700.00
Foremost among them are the formidable early Hemi-powered Chrysler 300 “letter cars” of the 1950s, which, by virtue of their cost and long list of standard and optional features, were reserved for the wealthiest and most discerning buyers. Cloaked in handsome Virgil Exner-designed bodies and carefully engineered, the 300 series offered the ultimate in American luxury and performance. In an April 1958 Road & Track road test, it was remarked that “It is an American prestige car, whose sports car-derived features and characteristics make it outstanding.”

The year 1957 had been a banner year for all of the automakers, but in 1958, things changed quickly. The reeling economy, coupled with an industry-wide strike, served to significantly reduce the number of 1958 models built by all manufacturers, and the Chrysler 300D production was no exception. Unfortunately, electronic fuel injection wasn't a great idea in an era when vacuum tubes still ruled the electronics world; hence, the relative handful of cars equipped with the Bendix system were recalled and retrofitted with carburetors. The single engine that remained was a 392-cid FirePower Hemi fitted with dual Carter four-barrel carbs and making 380 horsepower. This particular car has the pushbutton automatic three-speed TorqueFlite transmission.

The 300D powerplant looked like the FirePower engine in the Chrysler New Yorker and Imperial, but had significant differences which justified its cost to the connoisseur of the period. Along with the previously mentioned dual carbs, the 300D utilized a modified intake and exhaust manifold and air cleaners, and a camshaft with both longer duration and higher lift than on the standard engine. Due to low production and high cost, 1958 was also the last year that the company offered its Hemi in a full-size Chrysler; for 1959, it was discontinued with the 300E, which only came equipped with the less expensive 413 cubic inch wedge head V-8 engine. Nineteen fifty-eight was also notable as a 300D was driven to 156.387-mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Additional information

Make: Chrysler
Model: 300D
Type: Convertible
Year: 1958
Doors: 2
Mileage: 77,843
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Type: Gas
Interior Color: Tan
Exterior Color: Raven Black
Vehicle Identification Number: LC41242
United States, Oregon, Portland
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