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Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #27

Well, I did mention this car earlier this week, so it shouldn't come as a complete surprise...


1957 Chrysler 300C. 390 horsepower out of a 392 cubic inch Hemi-V8, achieving the hot rod holy grail of 1 HP per CI. Of course, the car weighed more than some diesel locomotives, which is probably a good thing, because in a smaller, lighter car that motor would have propelled it into low earth orbit.

What was it about the 1950s that produced such amazing cars? The '57 Bel Air. The Corvette. Ford Fairlane. The 300. It's hard to find a bad car from the 1950s - from a style standpoint. As far as performance goes, well, when your car is weighed down with half a ton of chrome alone, it's hard to make it go very fast.

Still, I would love to have one of these in my garage...

That is all.

4 comments:

wolfwalker said...

"What was it about the 1950s that produced such amazing cars?"

The late 1950s and early 1960s were the last generation of cars in which the manufacturers could focus on power and style, and the sky was the limit on both. After that, the feds started getting involved with regulations on crash safety and then fuel economy, and the car market changed drastically almost overnight. Somewhere recently I saw an article about how carmakers are really having trouble because the safety and mileage requirements have basically taken all their style choices away. You couldn't build a car like the 300C today, because that lovely, gleaming speed demon got less than 10 miles per gallon.

Anonymous said...

"It's hard to find a bad car from the 1950s - from a style standpoint."

I beg to differ and present the 1958 and 59 batwing Chevys and the Edsel with it's toilet seat grille.

I agree that cars were distinctly styled. It is easy to tell a Studebaker from a Ford from an Olds etc.

Wrong decade but, I want one of these...

http://www.equus-automotive.com/

Al_in_Ottawa





Johnny - Oh said...

I love the look of these cars, but it seems that they were all only a monochrome color-scheme with just the chrome to offset. I'd love to see one of these with the reflective stripe down the side ala. the Fury or the Belvedere. That would be smokin' hot.

Ken O said...

I once owned a '59 Galaxy 500 Skyliner. It was a joy.