1956 Chrysler 300-B Stock Car

Summary

This Chrysler was part of one of the most successful teams in the history of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). In 1956 team owner Carl Kiekhaefer's cars won 22 out of 41 races, including 16 in a row. This was one of the cars Buck Baker drove on his way to becoming the NASCAR driving champion in 1956. Unlike modern NASCAR racers this is a real production car, modified for racing. Carl Kiekhaefer brought a new level of professionalism to stock car racing. His cars, drivers, and mechanics all wore matching uniforms. He transported his cars in closed trucks rather than open trailers, and his teams were among the first to practice pit stops. After dominating the 1955 and 1956 seasons Kiekhaefer left racing for good. Engine: Chrysler V-8, overhead valves, 354 cu. in., 355 hp

This Chrysler was part of one of the most successful teams in the history of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). In 1956 team owner Carl Kiekhaefer's cars won 22 out of 41 races, including 16 in a row. This was one of the cars Buck Baker drove on his way to becoming the NASCAR driving champion in 1956. Unlike modern NASCAR racers this is a real production car, modified for racing. Carl Kiekhaefer brought a new level of professionalism to stock car racing. His cars, drivers, and mechanics all wore matching uniforms. He transported his cars in closed trucks rather than open trailers, and his teams were among the first to practice pit stops. After dominating the 1955 and 1956 seasons Kiekhaefer left racing for good. Engine: Chrysler V-8, overhead valves, 354 cu. in., 355 hp

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.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

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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