Chrysler didn’t quite stick to the theme of the original 300 series when designing the 2005 version. The new car is a sedan while the original was a coupe, and the old design was curvaceous whereas the new 300 is sharply edged. Plus, the new Chrysler 300 looks more like a Bentley than anything Chrysler has built before. But they do share one thing – a penchant for horsepower. Touted as the most powerful American car on the road in its day, the 1955 Chrysler 300 earned that title with a V8 that produced 300 horsepower. Today’s Chrysler 300 may not hold the same title as its forebear, but with 425 horses corralled under the hood of the new Chrysler 300 SRT-8, it isn’t far off.