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Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-07-30 7:33 PM (#585398)
Subject: Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite



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I was just poking around looking for something and came across an upcoming auction for a white 56 300B. Buried in the 23 photos on the site were photos of the transmission buttons (5 not 4 = Torqueflite (at least in theory)) and the VIN number.

For 56 the 300 B VINS ranged from 3N561001 to 3N562150. The unicorn in question has a VIN of 3N561899, so closer to the end of the run than to the beginning. We know from previous investigations that some 56 300Bs and Imperials got the 3spd Torqueflite near the end of the model run. This appears on the surface to be one of them. If there was a photo of the body plate, it would show the approximate build date which might corroborate the "near the end of the run" theory.

One previous thread:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=60155&...

Link to the Unicorn's auction:

https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1956/chrysler/300/10118...

In the meantime:



Edited by 56D500boy 2019-07-30 7:34 PM




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ABloch
Posted 2019-07-31 12:04 AM (#585407 - in reply to #585398)
Subject: Re: Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite



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StillOutThere
Posted 2019-07-31 5:33 PM (#585434 - in reply to #585398)
Subject: Re: Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite



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Whether the TF was originally with the car or not doesn't affect value much, considering hundreds and hundreds of '56s have had torqueflites put into them over the decades so not uncommon to see or find one.
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60 Imp
Posted 2019-08-07 7:45 AM (#585744 - in reply to #585398)
Subject: RE: Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite


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nice car, good price too in my opinion, thanks for posting. Steve.
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60 dart
Posted 2019-08-07 6:08 PM (#585770 - in reply to #585398)
Subject: Re: Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite



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shifter face plate is wrong ? ------------------------------------------------later
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-08-07 9:20 PM (#585774 - in reply to #585398)
Subject: Re: Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite



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What's wrong about it?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-08-09 9:24 PM (#585824 - in reply to #585770)
Subject: Re: Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite



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60 dart - 2019-08-07 3:08 PM

shifter face plate is wrong ?


Not as far as I know. The 56 Imperials with TFs had a smooth chrome five hole face plate. Even the 2 spd PowerFlites in 56 Imperials had smooth chrome (4 hole) faceplates

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56D500boy
Posted 2019-08-09 9:28 PM (#585825 - in reply to #585434)
Subject: Re: Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite



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That white 2dr hardtop was the first one that I had seen with the 3 spd TF. Just now, while looking for an example of a 56 Imperial Powerflite (smooth-faced) faceplate, all I could find for a while was 56 Imperials with TFs (and five hole smooth chrome shifter faceplates)

One such example:



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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-08-14 10:48 PM (#586032 - in reply to #585398)
Subject: Re: Unicorn Spotted: 56 Chrysler 300 B with 3 spd Torqueflite



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Yup, mine is smooth as well.
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