What year was the first Chrysler 300?
I know that Chrysler relaunched the 300 in the mid-2000s, but I’m fairly certain it was around before then. I was thinking about purchasing a vintage model; I just want to get the original offering. When did the first Chrysler 300 come out?
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Technically speaking, the first Chrysler C-300 came out in 1955 and was arguably the very first muscle car. But the Chrysler 300 you’re probably thinking of first debuted in 2005 under the same nameplate. While the two cars vary in terms of style, they both have the same ideas in mind: luxurious features and pure power.
The 2005 edition of the Chrysler 300 ushered in the first attempt at a luxury or sports car in decades—a trend that continues to this day, as the Detroit automaker only offers two models as of 2022.
In 2005, the Chrysler 300 turned heads by offering a ton of great features:
- 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V-8
- Leather interior
- Uconnect infotainment system
- Two trims: 300C (also known as the base model) or the 300 Touring
- Optional sunroof
- Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for pinpoint acceleration
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