Car reviews - Chrysler - 300C - SRT-8 sedan
Chrysler injects some 1970s muscle-car performance enhancers into its 300C sedan
21 Apr 2006
CHRYSLER’S striking 300C has already claimed a part of – if not quite conquered – the local luxury car scene, with its striking styling, impressive refinement and undeniable value for money. It really has put some good old American showmanship back into sub-$80K sedans. Now can the sizzling 317kW SRT-8 performance sedan do the same against its FPV GT and HSV Senator rivals?
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Chrysler CH-CK ChryslerReleased: 1971
Family Tree: 300C
CHRYSLER’S Australian-designed VH Valiant range was a disaster, perceived to be too big, too American-looking and far too out-of-step with the Vietnam War-weary Australian public. So it’s no shock that the Chrysler-by-Chrysler was completely ignored when it debuted to battle the high-riding Ford Fairlane (and rather less successful Holden HQ Statesman) in November 1971. Longer, gawkier and more gauche than its rivals, the simple leaf-sprung ‘Chrysler-by-Chrysler’ (as it was known) was nothing short of a land yacht, despite the promising-but-unfulfilling virtue of a huge 5.9-litre V8. Today they’re a rare sight indeed.
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