Bonhams : Ex-Paul Stern Collection, believed three owners from new,1956 Chrysler 300B Coupe Engine no. 3N56 1140
Ex-Paul Stern Collection, believed three owners from new,1956 Chrysler 300B Coupe  Engine no. 3N56 1140

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Lot 373
Ex-Paul Stern Collection, believed three owners from new, 1956 Chrysler 300B Coupe
Engine no. 3N56 1140

US$ 60,000 - 70,000
£ 47,000 - 54,000
Withdrawn
Ex-Paul Stern Collection, believed three owners from new
1956 Chrysler 300B Coupe
Engine no. 3N56 1140
Chrysler created a sensation with the new C-300 model for 1955. It was big, brash and beautiful. Although there was no such thing as a muscle car in the mid-1950s, that was the only description for Chrysler's flagship.

Taking the New Yorker hardtop coupe, they added front sheet metal and grille from the Imperial and dropped in the most powerful engine in the company catalog, a 331 cubic inch hemi V8 with dual four-barrel carburetors, a racing cam and solid lifters. At 300 bhp – hence its name – it was the most powerful American passenger car engine. For 1956, a new 300B model created the "letter series" that would continue for a decade, and beat the Chevrolet Corvette to the holy grail of automotive engines: one horsepower per cubic inch. Chrysler's 355 hp 354 cubic inch hemi predated the "283 from 283" fuel-injected Corvette by a full year.

The car was elegant and understated on the outside, inside it was trimmed in leather and its driver was provided with power-assisted brakes and steering, making for the perfect combination of power, speed and control.

This 300, a Powerflite auto transmission example is understood to have been sold new in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and was retained by that original owner for approximately 17 years before famed local collector Paul Stern acquired it. On the dispersal of the collection it was purchased by Bob Adams, from whom the car passed to the present owner in 1982. Unquestionably it is this succinct ownership that has accounted for the great original order it which it is to this day.

Back in the early days of the Stern ownership the car was painted in its original livery of Cloud White and at some time the front bumper has been rechromed, but aside from these aspects the car remains virtually untouched, straight and original. The paint has aged well even so, but the chrome could have been better refinished when redone and might be improved. Of particular appeal is the original leather interior, tan was the only color offered on these cars and it matches the paint scheme well. The front seats show a little wear befitting of the car's age, but the rear is very good and virtually unmarked. The trunk compartment is in similarly good order, also retaining its carpeting.

Complete with the factory option of Motor Rim wire wheels, this is a benchmark example of a great American icon.

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Ex-Paul Stern Collection, believed three owners from new,1956 Chrysler 300B Coupe  Engine no. 3N56 1140
Ex-Paul Stern Collection, believed three owners from new,1956 Chrysler 300B Coupe  Engine no. 3N56 1140
Ex-Paul Stern Collection, believed three owners from new,1956 Chrysler 300B Coupe  Engine no. 3N56 1140
Ex-Paul Stern Collection, believed three owners from new,1956 Chrysler 300B Coupe  Engine no. 3N56 1140
Ex-Paul Stern Collection, believed three owners from new,1956 Chrysler 300B Coupe  Engine no. 3N56 1140
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