The Chrysler 300 was originally introduced as a performance-oriented personal luxury car in 1955. These 300s known as the "letter cars", due to the addition of a different letter to denote a different model year, ended production in 1965. After the letter series, the 300 continued production until 1971. It appeared again on the Cordoba for 1979. The 300 returned as the 300M in 1999. It was produced until 2004. The modern Chrysler 300 began production in 2005. It was designed as a throwback to the 1955 C-300. Its platform shared several components with the W211 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. the 300 underwent a redesign in 2011. Its body was slightly redesigned with new bi-xenon headlights with LED strips, a new emblem, thinner A pillar, and a horizontal grille. An SRT tuned model also appeared in 2011. Engine offerings are the 3.6L Pentastar V6, the 5.7L Hemi V8, and the 6.4L Hemi V8. The 3.0L turbodiesel VM A630 V6 was available in Europe. All models used the 5-speed 5G-Tronic automatic transmission. Rear wheel drive comes standard, with all wheel drive offered as an option. The SRT8 is the highest-performing model. It comes with the 6.4L Hemi V8 and a very nicely-trimmed interior. Seen at a dealership in Prescott, AZ.