The Chrysler 300 moniker dates back to 1955, when Chrysler introduced the C-300 coupe with 300 horsepower, courtesy of a new engine with a curious name “Hemi.” In 1956, Chrysler sold the 300B; in ’57, the 300C; etc. … A letter suffix meant serious horsepower. 1965 was the last letter car, but the Chrysler letter cars are back Hemi and all—with the super sleek 300C.
However, as popular as they are, you won’t see many 300C Hemis like this fully done 2006, owned by 26-year-old Swift Car Club member Raul Nuno Jr., from Santa Ana, California. “People say everybody and their momma has one…but they don’t look like mine,” says Nuno. That’s an understatement.
Nuno has been into cars since he was 15, and before that, lowrider bicycles, which he still owns. “I was really into lowriders first; I also own a ’61 Impala. But the DUB car scene hit hard and lowriding cooled down for a bit. So, I started to trick out my Lexus GS400, but I wanted something new. That’s when the 300C came along. I had plans for it; I wanted it to be something different, with a low, low look to it,” Nuno recalls.
It took several top shops three months and $35,000 to create the mobster-muraled masterpiece pictured here. “And I owe a special thanks all of the shops, to John and Myles at DUB, to ‘Dog’ for all of the hookups, my family, my sweetheart and the true members of Swift for their help,” notes Nuno.
And he’s not done yet; future plans include a motorized hood and trunk, more murals, more exotic skins inside, nine more TVs including one 20-inch screen in the trunk, 26-inch rims, audio in the trunk, and chrome engine and undercarriage treatments.
If the gangsters depicted in the murals had owned a cars like this, it would have been a lot easier for them to make a getaway but a lot harder to hide.