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Chrysler 300b - 1956
The second edition of chryslers high-performance 300 series, the 300b two-door hardtop coupe dominated nascar grand national racing with 22 wins and was americas fastest and highest-powered car in 1956. A 300b set a new world speed record for passenger cars with a time of 139.9 mph at daytona beach.
Top speed of 130 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, v8
displacement 354 cu. In. (5.8 l) power rating 340-355 hp transmission 3-speed automatic
chassis: Front coil-spring and rear leaf-spring suspension; 4,360 lbs.
More weight, more power
the 300 was a high-performance series intended to deflect attention from imported european sports cars and also from the chevy corvette and ford thunderbird. The 300b was 355 lbs. Heavier than the first 300, and its v8 engine, equipped with hemispherical cylinder heads, was expanded to 5.8 litres. With a high-lift camshaft, two four-barrel carburetors, dual exhausts and optional 10:1 compression ratio, this potent engine reached 355 hp.
a subseries of the new yorker, the 300b was 221 in. Long on a 126-in. Wheelbase and bore the split eggcrate grille of the imperial. For 1956 the taillight treatment was changed, and pushbutton controls for the transmission were placed on the left side of the dashboard.
optional equipment included air conditioning and power steering, brakes, windows, front seat and radio antenna. A total of 1,102 300bs were produced.
The chrysler 300b dominated nascar racing and was also americas fastest and most powerful passenger car in 1956.
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