1958 Chrysler Cars Fact Sheet
The Same . . . but
The Chrysler 300D hardtop had only minor changes in the grille and tail lights. The Hemi was unchanged . . . BUT there was electronic fuel injection!
General Year Information
The look of all Chryslers was virtually unchanged from 1957, even though 1958 Windsors now used a Dodge chassis under their Chrysler-look sheet metal. The grille continued the horizontal bar look of 1957 with the topmost part of the bumper horizontally dividing the opening. The 1958 tail lamps were similar to 1957, however the lenses rose to a point only two-thirds the way up the fin rather than running to the full height. The lenses were also narrower and revealed more of the tail light housing itself. Dual headlamps were now a standard feature. As in 1957, the rear view mirror was mounted on the dash rather than the windshield header.
Both Windsor and New Yorker Town & Country Wagons could be had in 6 and 9-passenger configurations for the first time. Once again, the Windsor and Saratoga used the unique Poly-head 354 CID Chrysler V-8. The Hemi was still at 392 CID and was available only in the New Yorker and 300D. This would be the last year of these two engines as the new Corporate V8s would be introduced in 1959.
Auto-Pilot (cruise control) was a Chrysler car’s unique option. First introduced in this year, the device allowed the driver to dial in their highway speed and cruise without using the gas pedal. Just like the units of today, brake application disabled the control.
Fuel Injection: 300D’s had as an option electronic fuel injection system called the “Bendix Electrojector”. Unfortunately, the computer (yes computer) operated using analog signaling, rather than digital. It would cut out near any radio emanations from radio stations that were very popular at the time. To see the SAE document detailing this unit click HERE.
Production: There was a strong recession beginning in 1957 and running through1960. It hampered all automakers and struck Chrysler hard in 1958, dropping sales in half – from 122,273 in 1957 down to 63,671. Each model was hammered equally, and the 300D sales were cut by two thirds from the 300C.
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1958 WINDSOR SERIES LC1-L (Poly 8-Cylinder): A Dodge 122.0″ chassis was now used under the Windsor’s sheet metal. The car had typical Chrysler styling motifs, with the major difference being that the front end sheet metal was capped-off with a chrome eyebrow running from side to side above the head lamps. The 1958 style grille was tastefully adapted to the Dodge-like front end. Side trim on the standard offering was a single molding. at mid-level, running horizontally from the rear to just aft of the front wheelhouse opening.
A surprising omission was the Windsor Convertible, which was unexpectedly dropped just after model introductions and is missing from most literature. The only logic was that in a recession year, Chrysler did not want the less expensive convertible drawing sales away from the high-priced New Yorker version. Even so, 2 were sold.
In the spring of the model year, a “Dartline” package was introduced added to hardtop line. The Dartline series added some flair to the Windsor’s styling. Besides additional trim on the front fender and a metal insert, this option included bright sill moldings, special roof trim and three slim moldings on each side of the rear deck license plate housing. The two-door hardtop used a sweep of color similar to the 1957 version. with the major difference being the sharper pointed front part of the sweep on the 1958 models.
Windsors used “Bahama” Jacquard and metallic vinyl interior trim combinations. Newly available was a three seat nine-passenger station wagon. The third seat faced to the rear.
1958 SARATOGA SERIES LC2-M (Poly 8-Cylinder): The 1958 Saratoga continued almost unchanged from 1957. Instrument panel background color changed, as did the metal background of the radio and heater control panels. On the outside, the side trim began at the forward edge of the front door and continued rearward to the tail lamp bezel. The “Saratoga” nameplate was placed to the rear of the front fender, directly in line with the side trim molding. The tail lamps were changed and the grille continued its horizontal flair, however the topmost part of the bumper horizontally divided the opening.
A color spear was available at extra cost. On cars with this option, the extra trim began at the middle of the front door and rose slightly, in a very gentle line as it ran rearward. Dual headlamps were a standard feature.
1958 NEW YORKER SERIES LC3-H (Hemi 8-Cylinder): 1958 New Yorkers were also little changed from 1957. Changes paralleled what were seen in the less expensive Chrysler models. The Saratoga-like mid-line body trim molding was used, but a unique emblem, placed just rearward of the front door, set New Yorkers apart. A color spear of anodized aluminum graced the area between the two trim pieces and covered the rear portion of the car. While not as substantial or as long as the color sweep of 1957, it helped distinguish New Yorker models from Saratogas and Windsors. The Auto-Pilot speed control and remote-control outside rear view mirrors were new options.
Interior fabric was “Fontainebleau” Jacquard and metallic vinyl and was slightly richer than the “Chain mail” fabric and metallic vinyl used on the Saratoga. The Town and Country station wagon now had the third seat option, with the seat facing the rear of the car. All hardtops sported the new domed windshield that had been introduced on 1957 convertibles.
1958 CHRYSLER 300D SERIES LC3-S (Hemi 8-Cylinder): The 300D super high-performance Chrysler was still a sub-series of the New Yorker. It carried forward the design motifs of 1957 with only minor alterations. The windshield on hardtops now conformed to the windshield style (domed) of the convertible. Hub caps now had red finish, painted in the depressed outer areas of the wheel covers. Instrument face backgrounds were identical to those of other 1958 Chryslers. Large red-white-blue rear quarter panel medallions returned for the second year, but the letter ‘D’ replaced the ‘C’. The fuel injected models had “Fuel Injection” surrounding the two 300D emblems on the rear quarter side medallions. In all, there were ten locations for the various size 300 medallions on the car: glove box. grille, deck lid, steering hub, hub caps and the rear quarters.
A limited number of 300D’s were built with an electronic fuel injection system called the “Bendix Electrojector”. This marked the first use of a computer in a Chrysler product. The system was not fully reliable due to the use of analog signaling which could be interfered with by radio station signals, and a recall program was instituted in late summer 1958, where most of these EFI units were replaced by the standard conventional 2 4-barrel carburetors on 300D’s. It would be the last year for the “Firepower” hemi-engine.
Monotone colors were used exclusively on the 300. No two-tone colors were available.
- Ermine White
- Mesa Tan
- Tahitian Coral
- Matador Red
- Raven Black
- Aztec Turquoise
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Windsor Series Standard Engine. V-8 overhead valve, Polyspherical combustion chambers. Cast Iron Block. Displacement: 354 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.94″ x 3.63″. Compression ratio: 10.0:1. Horsepower: 290 @ 4600 R.P.M. Torque: 385 foot-pounds at 2000 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 252°, Exhaust 256°, Overlap 30°, Lift (Intake) 0.389″ (Exhaust) 0.389″. Carburetor: Carter two-barrel, Type BBD Model 2733S.
Saratoga Standard and Windsor Series Power Pack Engine. V-8 overhead valve, Polyspherical combustion chambers. Cast Iron Block. Displacement: 354 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.94″ x 3.63″. Compression ratio: 10.0:1. Horsepower: 310 @ 4600 R.P.M. Torque: 405 foot-pounds at 3200 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 252°, Exhaust 256°, Overlap 30°, Lift (Intake) 0.389″ (Exhaust) 0.389″. Carburetor: Carter four-barrel, Type AFB Model 2589S. Includes dual exhaust and full-low oil filter standard.
Saratoga Standard and Windsor Series Power Pack Engine. V-8 overhead valve, Polyspherical combustion chambers. Cast Iron Block.Displacement: 354 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.94″ x 3.63″. Horsepower: 310 @ 4600 R.P.M. Torque: 405 foot-pounds at 3200 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Compression ratio: 10.0:1.Carburetor: Carter four-barrel, Type AFB Model 2650S. Includes dual exhaust and full-low oil filter standard.
New Yorker Series Engine. V-8 overhead valve, Hemispherical Combustion Chambers. Cast Iron Block. Displacement: 392 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.00″ x 3.90″. Compression ratio: 10.0:1. Horsepower: 345 @ 4600 R.P.M. Torque: 450 foot-pounds at 2800 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 252°, Exhaust 252°, Overlap 30°, Lift (Intake) 0.389″ (Exhaust) 0.389″. Carburetor: Carter four-barrel, Type AFB Model 2651S.
Chrysler 300C Series Standard Engine. V-8 overhead valve, Hemispherical Combustion Chambers. Cast Iron Block. Displacement: 392 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.00″ x 3.90″. Compression ratio: 10.0:1. Horsepower: 380 @ 5200 R.P.M. Torque: 435 foot-pounds at 3600 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters with high-lift camshaft and extra-stiff valve springs. Camshaft Duration: Intake 276°, Exhaust 276°, Overlap 55°, Lift (Intake) 0.435″ (Exhaust) 0.442″. Carburetors: 2 Carter 4-barrels Front WCFB Model 2741S, Rear WCFB 2742S.
Chrysler 300D Series Optional Fuel Injected Engine. V-8 overhead valve, Hemispherical Combustion Chambers. Cast Iron Block. Displacement: 392 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.00″ x 3.90″. Compression ratio: 10.0:1. Horsepower: 390 @ 5400 R.P.M. Torque: 435 foot-pounds at 4200 RPM. Five main bearings. Solid valve lifters with high-lift camshaft and extra-stiff valve springs. Camshaft Duration: Intake 276°, Exhaust 276°, Overlap 55°, Lift (Intake) 0.435″ (Exhaust) 0.442″. Bendix Electronic Fuel Injection.
NOTE: This engine had a speed density system with electronically operated injectors and electronic controlled metering of fuel. The fuel pump was electronic and installed in the fuel tank (@25-33 psi). Dual throttle bodies were used, located in the common dual 4-barrel position, however the manifold was unique as the injectors were fitted in the same location as today. See 1958 AMA Specifications Sheet page 6A for complete information. Click HERE to reach this page.
- Wheelbase: Windsor 122.0 All other models – 126.0″. Separate body and frame construction.
- Front tread: Windsor and Saratoga 60.9″, New Yorker and 300D 61.2″
- Rear tread: Windsor and Saratoga 59.8″, New Yorker and 300D 60.0″
- Overall length: Windsor 218.1 T&C 218.0, Saratoga, New Yorker and 300D 220.2″, Town & Country 220.1″.
- Overall width: All 79.6″
- Overall height: Windsor 56.8, T&C 57.3″, Saratoga 57.0″, New Yorker 57.3″, 300D 55.2″, Town & Country 57.8″
- Tires: Windsor – 8.00×14, Saratoga – 8.50 x 14, New Yorker and 300D – 9.00 x 14.
Power Train Options
- Windsor. Three-speed manual transmission standard with Torqueflite automatic transmission optional.
- Saratoga and New Yorker. Three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission standard.
- Chrysler 300D. Three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission standard.
- Three-speed manual transmission. Special order (standard with optional 390 HP Fuel Injection Hemi).
Body Paint Color Codes
NOTE: Monotone colors were used exclusively on the 300D: “X” Ermine White, “M” Mesa Tan, “O” Tahitian Coral, “P” Matador Red, “A” Raven Black, and “H” Aztec Turquoise
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|A Raven Black|
|B Stardust Blue|
|C Air Force Blue|
|D Midnight Blue|
|E Spring Green|
|F Cypress Green|
|G Mandarin Jade|
|H Aztec Turquoise|
|J Spruce Green|
|K Satin Gray|
|L Winchester Gray|
|M Mesa Tan|
|O Tahitian Coral|
|P Matador Red|
|R Shell Pink|
|T Garnet Maroon|
|V Bamboo Yellow|
|V Bimini Blue|
|W Ballet Blue|
|Y Frosty Tan|
|Z Champagne Gold|
1958 Chrysler –
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- Air-Temp air-conditioning.
- Auto-Pilot speed control.
- Fuel Injection (300D only)
- Hi-Fi Phonograph record player
- Instant Air heater.
- Non-slip differential.
- Nylon tubeless super soft cushion tires in black and white.
- Power brakes.
- Power Front Antenna.
- Power steering (optional on Windsor, standard on all others).
- Power windows.
- Radio with Music Master or Electro-Touch tuner. Dual rear antennas.
- Rear window defroster.
- Remote control mirror.
- Six-way Power seat.
- Stainless wheel covers (optional on Windsor, standard on all others).
- Tinted glass. Fresh air heater.
- Torqueflite (optional on Windsor, standard on all others).
- Two-tone finish (not available on 300D).
- White sidewall rayon tires.
- Windshield washer (standard on New Yorker/300D).
Files directly related to the 1958 Chrysler Car Line will appear below. Click to Download:
1958 Chrysler Brochure – All Lines
1958 Chrysler Car Print Advertisements
1958 Chrysler 300D Print Advertisements
1958 Chrysler 300D Announcement Press Release
1958 Chrysler 300D Fuel Injection Press Release
1958 Chrysler Car All Lines AMA Specifications Sheets
1958 Chrysler 300D Service Supplement
1957 SAE Paper – Bendix Electrojector System
1958 Chrysler 300D Road Test – Cars Magazine
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