My understanding that 1955 was the only year that factory A/C was not a standard option. And, that, even so, a few 1955 C-300’s were built that way on special order. The A/C was trunk mounted with cool little fresh air scoops on tops of the rear fenders and the cold-air outlets on the package sheIf. Plus, a mile of hose and wiring from the engine compartment and dash board switches to the big, dual-fan evaporator box sitting on the front edge of the trunk. A/C was available on all other ’55 Chrysler’s with wagons having a roof-mounted evaporator and fan. I believe that factory A/C was available on all other letter cars.
Another interesting feature of the 1955 C-300’s is that they were not available from the factory with backup lights or an outside manual rear-view mirror. Ostensibly to telegraph “race car” from the outside. Bizarre, at best. A power seat, all power windows, foot-operated signal-seeking radio and rear-seat speakers were available on the inside for the creature comfort of the buyers. Dealers could readily install backup lights and mirrors. The A/C would have taken some doing and included a boxed radiator for better cooling. Almost anything or any color could be special ordered in those days so there are (or were) a few 1955 C-300’s with factory paint color different than Platinum, Black and Tango Red.
Other students of the marque may have better recollection and information.
I have a '54 Imperial with factory installed Airtemp system, trunk mounted evaporator. Also we have a '55 New Yorker with factory installed trunk mounted evaporator.
Is there any record of these being installed from the factory in any mid to late 50's Letter Cars.
Posted by: "Rich Barber" <c300@xxxxxxx>
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