AUCTION: 1956 Chrysler 300B Hardtop

340 Horsepower Firepower V8, 1 of 1,102 Produced...

As automotive enthusiasts eagerly await the Mecum 2023 Kissimmee Spring Special event, one car that has captivated the attention of collectors and historians alike is the exquisite 1956 Chrysler 300B Hardtop. With its iconic design, powerful HEMI® V8 engine, and rich racing heritage, this extraordinary vehicle represents a significant milestone in American automotive history.

1956 Chrysler 300B. (Mecum).

With only 1,102 models ever produced, this particular Chrysler 300B, boasting a frame-off restoration and a wealth of desirable features, is poised to make a lasting impression as it crosses the auction block on Saturday, July 8th, 2023.

The 1956 Chrysler 300B, a close relative of the DeSoto Adventurer and Dodge D-500, exhibits a timeless elegance that has endured the test of time. Its external features, highlighted by a striking tailfin treatment, set it apart from its predecessor, the C-300. The sleek lines and classic proportions of this iconic vehicle epitomize the design aesthetics of the 1950s, captivating onlookers and collectors alike.

1956 Chrysler 300B. (Mecum).

Underneath the 1956 Chrysler 300B’s hood resides a remarkable 5.8-liter (354 cubic-inch) Firepower HEMI V8 engine. This legendary powerplant was available in two versions, producing either 340 or 355 horsepower, thanks to an optional 10:1 compression ratio. With its ability to generate 1 horsepower per cubic inch, the 300B proudly claimed the title of the first American car to achieve this feat, outpacing its competitors by a year. Equipped with twin 4-barrel Carter carburetors, this formidable engine delivers both exhilarating performance and a commanding presence on the road.

The 1956 Chrysler 300B boasts a racing pedigree that adds a touch of excitement to its already remarkable appeal. Notably, NASCAR team owner Carl Kiekhaefer, renowned for his motorsports successes, raced the 300B alongside other iconic vehicles. His team secured an impressive 22 victories out of 41 races, with 16 of those wins coming consecutively. Buck Baker was among the notable drivers who piloted the 300B on the racetrack. Kiekhaefer’s approach was unique, as he modified the cars minimally, maintaining their leather interiors and standard features while focusing on performance enhancements.

1956 Chrysler 300B. (Mecum).

The 1956 Chrysler 300B crossing the auction block at the Mecum 2023 Kissimmee Spring Special event benefits from a meticulous frame-off restoration. This comprehensive restoration process ensures that every aspect of the vehicle, from its elegant red exterior to its inviting tan leather interior, reflects its original glory. Maintaining its matching numbers 340 horsepower engine and featuring a 3-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission with pushbutton control, this 300B exemplifies the epitome of automotive craftsmanship.

With only 1,100 units produced, the 1956 Chrysler 300B remains an exceedingly rare find. Its timeless design, unparalleled power, and remarkable racing history make it a highly coveted piece of American automotive heritage. As it takes center stage at the Mecum auction, this beautiful Chrysler provides an exclusive opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to own a piece of automotive history.

1956 Chrysler 300B. (Mecum).

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Usually I have a passing interest in auctions, but this one grabbed me. I was about ten years old, walking up towards Steinway Street in Astoria Queens when I saw my first Chrysler 300. That 300 was EXACTLY like this one, red, wire wheels in all it powerful elegance and my love affair with the Chrysler 300 had begun. This is tough for me to acknowledge that I can’t even venture a thought of getting this 300 as my love lust fulfillment, but lust I do for sure. Not everyone can appreciate the uniqueness of the letter 300’s in 1956 or how a young boy could still, to this day, be thrilled at the sight of this classic, this symbol of American engineering prowess and beauty, this magnificent automobile. Not just a car, but THE car that changed the market set the standard for decades, changed my life. I can’t help it, my heart is beating hard for this one. God it’s gorgeous and I’m ten again.. in Astoria Queens..walking up towards Steinway Street..with my father......

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I really like this car because this is aquiet, comfortable luxury car. It concealed its blistering performance behind conservative styling like geometry dash scratch, and thrust it up front with a big, aggressive grille. I think I think the ’56 Chrysler fins were among the more attractive designs of that genre. Like many styling elements of the ’50s, designers kept pushing the design envelope until they found themselves on the wrong side of ridiculous.

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