300C information from the microfilm files

September 2022

Cloud White was the most popular color at 61.5% of production (1,386).
19% were black (422),
8% Gauguin Red (183),
5% Copper Brown (111),
5% Parade Green (103).

Here is the break down:
1,386 in paint X (Cloud white)
422 in paint A (black)
183 in paint P (Gaugin red)
111 in paint N (Copper Brown)
103 in paint F (parade green)
13 in paint Z
8 in paint R (Regimental red)
5 in paint T (Champagne gold)
2 in paint L (Desert Beige)
2 in paint M (Shell Pink)
2 in paint B (Horizon blue)
2 in paint D (Sovereign blue)
1 in paint G (Forest Green Metallic)
1 in paint J (Gunmetal Gray Metallic)
1 in paint S (Sunset Rose)
1 in paint W (Indian Turquoise)
1 in paint ZZ
1 in paint ZZZ


350 Cs were equipped with AC (15.5%).
70 were equipped with the HiWay HiFi (3%).
25 were equipped with both AC and HiWay HiFi (1%).
There are 21 cars with the optional 399 engine. All are coupes.
The power seat option was very popular; 1,700 cars (75%) got it.
1,687 cars received power windows (75%).
1,553 cars received both power seat and power windows. (68%)
The first and the last C built were convertibles. The last 16 cars built were all convertibles.
1703 cars Solex (tinted) glass. 1248 cars had the left outside rear view mirror.
679 cars had the power antenna.
117 had the Instant Heat (gasoline fired heater).
749 had the stone shields.
5 cars (3 converts, 2 coupes) were built with interior trim code "00".
Only 4 cars left the factory with undercoat.
104 cars did not receive power steering (5%).
19 cars were exported. 5 to Antwerp, 4 to Havana, 2 to Hawaii, 2 to Casablanca, 2 to Rotterdam, 1 to Caribbean, 1 to Guam, 1 to Paris, 1 to Saudi Arabia.

65 black Cís had AC.
8 black Cís had HiWay.
4 black Cís had both HiWay and AC.

17 parade green Cís had AC.
6 parade green Cís had HiWay.
4 parade green Cís had both HiWay and AC.

18 copper brown Cís had AC.
3 copper brown Cís had HiWay.
1 copper brown C had both HiWay and AC.

23 Gauguin red Cís had AC.
7 Gauguin red Cís had HiWay.
2 Gauguin red Cís had both HiWay and AC.

216 cloud white Cís had AC.
44 cloud white Cís had HiWay.
12 cloud white Cís had both HiWay and AC.

The first car built with AC was VIN 1006, Dec 13, 1956.
The last car built with AC was VIN 3216, Aug 21, 1957.
The first car built with HiWay was VIN 1013, Jan 8, 1957.
The last car built with HiWay was VIN 2814, June 11, 1957.
Production ran long on the C with the last car shipped 9/26/57. It was a parade green convertible equipped with power steering, windows and seat. Shipments in September are unusual with the last 29 cars having ship dates way late from their build dates.

C Convertibles

There were 318 convertibles in Cloud White. 14 had HiWay Hifi. 307 with power steering, 262 power windows, 254 power seat, 20 had AC. 119 power antenna, 188 outside rear view mirror, 220 tinted glass. 15 had instant heat. One had undercoat, one had fender ornaments. Two were built for export; one to Hawaii, one to Antwerp.

75 were made in Jet Black. 7 had AC, 60 with power seat, 61 power windows, 50 tinted glass, 42 outside rear view mirror, 28 power antennas. 4 with instant heat, 18 with the stone shields. 5 were built without power steering. None were undercoated, none had the fender ornaments. None were export.

There were 54 convertibles in Gaugin Red. All had power steering. 5 had HiWay Hifi, 42 power windows, 43 power seat, 32 outside rear view mirror, 36 tinted glass, 5 power antenna, one with fender ornaments. None had AC and none had undercoat. None were export.

There were 19 convertibles in Copper Brown and all had power steering. None had AC. 1 had HiWay Hifi, 16 power windows and power seat, 15 tinted glass, 10 outside rear view mirror and 2 had power antenna. None had undercoat, one had fender ornaments. One was built for export (Antwerp). I show 7 survive.

There were 13 convertibles in Parade Green. 12 had power steering, 2 with HiWay Hifi, 10 power windows and power seat, 10 tinted glass, 7 outside rear view mirror, 3 power antenna. Only one had AC. None had undercoat, none had fender ornaments and none were built for export. I show 5 survive.

There were 2 convertibles in paint code Z. 1 had AC, 1 had HiWay HiFi. Both had power windows-steering-seat, outside rear view mirror and tinted glass. Neither was export. Neither car survives.

There were 2 convertibles in Regimental Red. Both had power steering, and tinted glass. One had power windows and seat. Neither was export. One car survives.

There was 1 convertible in Forest Green. It had AC, power windows-seat-steering, power antenna, outside rear view mirror, and tinted glass. No undercoat, no fender ornaments and it was not export. The car does not survive.

There was 1 convertible in Gunmetal Gray. It had AC, power windows-seat-steering, HiWay Hifi, power antenna, outside rear view mirror, and tinted glass. No undercoat, no fender ornaments and it was not export. The car survives.

There was 1 convertible in Shell Pink. It had power windows-seat-steering, instant heater, outside rear view mirror, and tinted glass. No undercoat, no fender ornaments and it was not export. This car does not survive.

There was 1 convertible in Champagne Gold. It had power steering, no other options. It was not export. This car does not survive.

In working the microfilm, I have tried to be accurate. Errors will be corrected as they are discovered.