Every enthusiast knows this is the one to get.
The Chrysler 300 will soon be no more. We're just thrilled it's lasted for as long as it has considering its rear-wheel-drive platform dates back to the Daimler-Chrysler days. Fact: that LX platform was derived from the third-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The first-generation 300 arrived for the 2005 model year and the second-gen debuted for 2011 and it still exists largely unchanged today.
A lot has happened in the world and the auto industry over the past decade and the Chrysler 300 has witnessed all of it, as has its Dodge Charger corporate cousin. Both are now on borrowed time. But the latter has received the bulk of the attention mainly because it can be equipped with the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 with over 700 horsepower. Just when it was being introduced, the 300 SRT8 was being retired.
Launched for 2011, the 300 SRT8 (also known as just SRT) featured the 6.4-liter 392 Hemi V8, the best engine possible before the Hellcat's arrival. With a total of 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, the 300 SRT8 was rear-wheel-drive only. The sole gearbox was a five-speed automatic with paddle shifters. And yes, Walter White of "Breaking Bad" fame traded in his Pontiac Aztek for a 300 SRT8, so you know this thing is legit.
Some of the sedan's other features included a unique lower front fascia, bigger exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels, and body-color trim instead of the chrome used on lower trims. Along with the extra power, drivers benefited from a lowered and sportier suspension and a Brembo brake package. Upon the SRT8's retirement, the best Chrysler 300 you could get (and remains so) is with the 5.7-liter Hemi.
It's not particularly difficult to find a used 300 SRT8 for sale but they're aging fast and, sometimes, they're not in the best of shape. This example up for auction on Cars and Bids may have 90,700 miles on its clock but it also recently had a complete engine rebuild. Painted in Deep Cherry Red, it comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen running the excellent UConnect software, a Garmin navigation system, AM/FM radio, and a CD player. Hey, the latter two were expected last decade. There's also a dual-pane sunroof, power heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, and Mercedes' Keyless Go.
Best of all, the car hails from Texas where it's been its entire life, so rust is not an issue. As of this writing, the highest bid has reached $6,100 and the auction ends on March 30.