A couple of days ago I found video of a ProCharged Chrysler 300C with a manual trans swap that had been built to race in Australia. The words “manual swap” attached to “Chrysler 300C” is the fastest way to raise my eyebrows…after driving the first Chrysler SRT-8 that Cleveland Power and Performance swapped, it’s been the dream mod for Angry Grandpa. But the matte black Chrysler’s origins weren’t mentioned in the last video…you got to see it rip around a hillclimb course just fine, but there wasn’t much in the way of build information. Well, that’s been found, and the right-hook Chrysler’s story is possibly more dramatic than the car is hanging it’s ass sideways in full anger.
The story starts off properly with mention of the former owner, the person who blew up the 5.7L engine before cutting a tree down on top of the roof to claim insurance cash. After finding the caved-in Chrysler at an insurance auction, the car was chosen as a track-day build that involved a roof re-skinning, a V8 Supercar-style cage inside, a fully built 5.7L that sounds ten times as menacing as what is in our house project Chrysler, the six-speed Tremec from a Challenger, and plenty more fun bits. It also includes a couple of eye-raising mods, like a severe diet plan and the steering system that is composed of a Ford Falcon rack and steering components from a Daihatsu something-or-other.
There isn’t anything about this car that I don’t dig. I won’t do it to AG since it is in the role of my daily driver, but finding a well-worn 300C shell? I wouldn’t hesitate for a second.