2004 Chrysler 300m "Special" edition. Limited production model, at least for a north aerican manufacturer. Only built 3 years (02-04). Production thought to be 8500 is units per year, with only 500 imported (imported. strange word to use as all LH models, 300m, concorde, LHS, an Intrepid, were bult in ontario) to Canada each year. So only 1500 max in Canada, and actual numbers are thought to be lower in 04 due to the model line ending that year. Arguably, the "big dog" of Chrysler's LH model line (now discontinued). Chysler intended this model to compete with the BMW 7 series and Lexus's, but it fell a little short being "shackled" with a front drive platform, a little too stiff suspension and just a shade too little HP. It ended up more around the BMW 3 series level. Very nice and satisfying to drive car overall though. The press loved it, but all agreed it was marketed wrong. Even nicer when you consider I just bought one a few months ago with low mileage for 12,000 CAD (listed for around 45,000 new in '04).
Canadian review for an '04 Special from a Vancouver journalist (although I think the actual car is an '03 due to the interior two tone color):http://www.canadiandriver.com/testdrives/04300m.htm
Snapped a couple quick pics today:
(this is all how it comes form the factory by-the-by)
Factory side skirting
255 hp 3.5 V6
"Autostick" 4 speed automatic
18" rims with michelin "pilot" sport tires.
1/2 in lower than standard 300m
300m special brake package
Sport tuned suspension (improved shock valving, high rate springs, Larger sway bars front and rear, etc)
Specific PCM programming
And on and on............
(again, all factory stuff)
"Dark slate" leather everywhere
Faux carbon fibre dash and door inserts. Looks OK, I may make some real CF ones to replace them. I'm not much for "poser" stuff.
Heated 8 way power seats
factory sat nav (RB1, this is on it's way out soon for the 'puter)
EVIC with tire pressure monitoring
Air, cruise, tilt, pw, pdl, pt, etc
Automatic temperature control
Autodim mirrors, inside and out. Outside heated
ABS, traction control
Etc, etc (pretty loaded overall).
*Couple pics comming soon*