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"Last Hope" History [May. 3rd, 2005|02:54 am]
300M, Concorde, Intrepid, LHS, New Yorker, Vision
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[moparmaniac101]

The year was 1988. The Viper was only a clay model. Lee Iacocca owned the rights to the Lamborghini nameplate. Tom Gale unveiled this new Chargold metallic styling study to the boss, a far fetched departure from the stately conservative K-car derived land yachts. It was also a market revolution in prototyping, officially billed as "the first fully-driveable concept car." This was the Chrysler Portofino By Lamborghini. The Portofino featured trademark Lamborghini's gull-wing doors up front while the rears opened in suicide fashion. An all-new 3.5L 225 hp 24-valve V6 engine was developed mounted amid ships powering all four wheels. The engine makes the cut on the assembly line for premium trim LH sedan models but installed in the nose rather motivating the front wheels. The all-wheel-drive, sadly, went to the scrap heap. Tires were 225/50-16, considered wide at that time. Although the show car never became a Lamborghini production vehicle, it clearly influenced future Chrysler designs and actually foreshadowed the cab-forward theme for the 1993 LH cars, especially the Intrepid. There is a strange story surrounding this car. While being transported, the semi-truck hauling the million-dollar concept vehicle was involved in an accident and the Portofino was nearly totaled. But it was lovingly put back together one piece at a time by the folks at Metal Crafters until it was in absolute flawless condition. The Portofino's new home is parked upstairs at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
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From: johnb300m
2005-05-04 10:34 pm (UTC)
i love chrysler, but this is the era, the LH era that really got me to fall in love with the company. Chrysler's more than just an auto company, they manufacture expressions; artwork on wheels.
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From: moparmaniac101
2005-05-05 09:04 am (UTC)
Agreed. There is something extraordinary about the LH shape no matter how many times you look at it. The expression speaks "bold and beautiful." These big cars are bound to become a classic in the future, and I won't be surprised. The latest copy of Blue Chip's Collector Car publication states it's a safe bet and the rare ones equipped with the 3.5L 24V will be the most desired for the discriminating enthusiast.
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From: moparmaniac101
2005-05-20 07:00 am (UTC)
I'm selling my LH as I can no longer afford to own three cars. Gas prices and the muscle car fuel guzzling persona of the 3.5L finally has forced me to give up my "baby."

Which leads us to this, I've decided to appoint you as co-moderator since you're likely to keep your 300M. I'm not going to abandon what I started, I probably will return with a 2001 Intrepid R/T sometime in the future. Until I can start affording "toys" again, I'll be driving a four-cylinder economy car for awhile.
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From: johnb300m
2005-05-22 10:22 am (UTC)
wow, i'm honored you'd choose me. what do i have to do?
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From: moparmaniac101
2005-05-22 10:38 am (UTC)
Pretty much create discussions and topics based on your 300M ownership, for example any troubles, mods, stories, tech tips. Feel free to modify any content of the community to generate or invite more users who actually own this car. You will be able to "manage" this community on your tabs as I noted. Have fun with this vehicle forum, even though it's not a whole lot just yet.

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