A runaway hit, right out of the gate, Chrysler’s 300 is one of the most recognizable American cars to emerge in the earlier part of the 21st century. Most often cited, as reason for its appeal is its resemblance to a Bentley. The squared off lines, the low greenhouse, the upright grille, also put some in mind of the old “gangster” cars from the 1930’s.
Designed by Ralph Gilles, who went on to become president of Dodge, as well as Chrysler’s high performance SRT brand, the 300 was the first all-new large rear drive sedan from an American manufacturer in a very long time. A throwback to the days of large mile-eating designed for the highway American cars, the 300 was very modern in the way it went down the road.
It should be noted the Chrysler 300 is, in actuality a continuation of the Chrysler 300 “letter series” cars (300A, B, C, etc…) running from the 1950’s into the early years of the‘60’s. Additionally, a run of Chrysler 300 models was issued from 1962 to 1971 without an alphabetic suffix. In 1999, Chrysler launched yet another 300 model, the front-drive 300M, which ran through 2004. Introduced in 2004, as a 2005 model, there have been two generations of the current model Chrysler 300.