Wednesday, December 21, 2005

2006 Heritage Edition Chrysler 300C

Chrysler announced that the new 2006 Chrysler 300C "Heritage Edition" will debut January 4 at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Available in dealerships this spring, the limited-production Heritage Edition is a performance specialty vehicle offering the power of the award-winning 5.7-liter HEMI® engine with the fuel-saving Multiple Displacement System (MDS), high-performance styling cues of the popular SRT line-up and exclusive features, including the first-time use of SmartBeam TM headlamp technology in a Chrysler vehicle.
  • New "Heritage Edition" model pays homage to the 1957 Chrysler 300 which was described as the "Beautiful Brute"
  • 2006 Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition offers luxurious performance, exclusive features and unique heritage badging
  • New model is the first Chrysler brand vehicle with SmartBeam(TM) headlamp technology
Priced at approximately $36,000, the Heritage Edition offers a well equipped Chrysler 300C with performance oriented enthusiast equipment and new technology, at an affordable price. Production of the 2006 Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition will begin this spring at the Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plant.
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Stretch 300C Limousine

When I was in Vegas recently I spied a modified 300C stretch limo. It was actually pretty cool. Just as cool looking as a Hummer limo I think.

Apparently Chrysler is formally entering the limousine market according to the Detroit News:
DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group is in final talks with Lima, Ohio-based Accubuilt Inc. to produce mini-stretched 300 sedans similar to an elongated version Accubuilt created for display last month at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, a performance and custom vehicle event held annually in Las Vegas.

The stretch 300 will be aimed at the limousine industry and compete against Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln Town Car and General Motors Corp.'s extended Cadillac DTS. Lincoln and Cadillac have long dominated the limo and livery market.

has some great photos of the 300C that will be six inches longer.

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Chrysler 300C Taking off Down Under

The Sydnet Morning Herald ran a story about how well the 300C is doing in Australia.

The big, burly American sedan, the Chrysler 300C, which is a cult car in its American home, is proving a winner for Chrysler in Australia.

It has boosted the company's sales to the highest level since it took over direct distribution of its vehicles in 1997 from Astre Automotive.

Hemi-handed approach paying off for Chrysler

This is all fine a good but, ah, 216 300C sales for a whole country is probably equivalent to what one popular dealership in one city in the US sells in a quarter.

I live in a small town and I see 2-3 Chrysler 300C cars each day.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Rear Ended 300C

OK, so there I was just moving along in early morning rush hour traffic. Well, as much as there can be rush hour traffic in suburbia. And I just start moving forward and I hear this SCREECH!!! and I'm thinking to myself, "Wonder where that's coming from?" and look in my rear view mirror.... BAM!

I get whacked from behind by a late model Isuzu Trooper. It pushes me ahead a few feet, but nothing big. No airbags are set off. I drove to the side of the road and pull into a parking lot with the Isuzu following me. I get out and the woman in the Isuzu gets out and says SHIT!

The front passenger quarter panel is pushed in on her Isuzu, the radiator is gushing steam on top and liquid from the bottom. My 300C has a dent in the trunk and the bumper and my back two sensors on the right are gone. I have to say, I was pretty amazed at how much damage there was to that Trooper. It was not driveable.

We exchanged insurance information and I called it in within 5 min of the accident and was at a repair shop for an estimate an hour later. Bummer for the woman in the Trooper is that she had a very basic form of insurance. No coverage for her damages.

Now the insurance people and the estimator they are sending out and I have been playing phone tag for a week. The repair shop estimated $3000 in damages. My trunk won't close now.

I hope I can get it into the shop for repairs before Christmas so it gets fixed while I'm in Mexico for a week. I'll post some photos to this post later.

Oh well. Maybe it's time to upgrade.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Official Chrysler 300 Convertible - or Not

It looks like Chrysler is considering 300 convertible for production based on the Helios developed by ASC.


"Chrysler faces a daunting challenge in building a four-door convertible - a rarity because of the engineering difficulties involved. In November, Chrysler group design chief Trevor Creed said the company would not build a 300 convertible."

Via AutoWeek

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Cool 300C Model Cars

300c Model car
You know you have a cool car when toy manufacturers are selling scale models as popular toys.

I know there have been scale model 300C toy cars and remote control cars out since last year. But the most impressive was to see the 300C displayed in a Target Christmas catalog last week.

The black one sells for $99 and the white one sells for $119.

Here's a 1:18 size r/c model for $39.95 and a pretty nice 1:24 black die cast 300c or blue for $14.99 from some other online stores.

There are not that many 300C model cars out there online, but certainly more than last year. I bought my full size 300c in the summer and noticed a few 300c model cars being promoted over the holidays 2004, but they were sold out pretty quickly.

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300C Photos and Mods

300c mods
Often times I look at Yahoo and Google image search for photos of the 300C that other owners have taken to post here. A neighbor of mine that's a true gearhead said the 300C is the most modified car ever. Those are great photos of the 300c to see.

I didn't think to look for these types of photos at Flickr, but wow, there's some great stuff. Check out these images of the 300c.

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