1956 Chrysler 300-B Stock Car

Summary

Mercury Marine founder Carl Kiekhaefer formed his NASCAR team with top drivers, first-class equipment, and fast cars like this powerful Chrysler 300-B. Kiekhaefer taught rivals a lesson, dominating the 1955 and 1956 seasons. But he learned something too: success breeds contempt. When fans began to resent Kiekhaefer's dominance, he disbanded the team in 1957.

Mercury Marine founder Carl Kiekhaefer formed his NASCAR team with top drivers, first-class equipment, and fast cars like this powerful Chrysler 300-B. Kiekhaefer taught rivals a lesson, dominating the 1955 and 1956 seasons. But he learned something too: success breeds contempt. When fans began to resent Kiekhaefer's dominance, he disbanded the team in 1957.

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1956

Creators

Chrysler Corporation 

Kiekhaefer, Elmer Carl, 1906-1983 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Highland Park 

Creator Notes

Made by Chrysler Corporation, Highland Park, Michigan, modified under the direction of NASCAR team owner Carl Kiekhaefer.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2003.13.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Steel
Chromium
Vinyl
Leather
Rubber (Material)

Technique

Customizing

Color

Cream (Color)
Red
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Length: 3.36 in  (Stroke)

Height: 54.5 hp

Width: 79 in

Length: 220.5 in

Horsepower: 355 in  (264.72 kW)

Inscriptions

On back, right side panel / front, left side panel: KIEKHAEFER / MERCURY . . . MOST POWERFUL NAME IN OUTBOARDS On door, left & right: "FULL JEWELLED" / 300-B On front, left side panel / back, right side panel: OUTBOARDS / RAY FOX / CHIEF MECHANIC On hood, left & right side: 355 H.P. Over driver & passenger doors: BUCK BAKER Painted on trunk: 300-B On trunk: 300 B emblem

Specifications

Make & Model: 1956 Chrysler 300-B stock car racing

Maker: Chrysler Corporation, Highland Park, Michigan

Engine: V-8, overhead valves, 354 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Height: 54.5 inches

Width: 79 inches

Wheelbase: 126 inches

Overall length: 220.5 inches

Weight: 4145 pounds

Horsepower: 355

Pounds per horsepower: 11.7

Competition History: It's impossible to say which races this car won in 1956 because the team didn't keep track of wins by particular cars. Overall, the Kiekhaefer Chryslers won 22 of 41 races in 1956.

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