In 1951 Chrysler produced its first ever V8 engine - and what an engine it was! Technically advanced and featuring hemispherical combustion chambers, the new "Hemi-Head" engine produced much more power in relation to its capacity than any of its competitors could manage. In 1955 the new Chrysler C-300 was launched. The new model combined muscle (300 horse-power), style (by Virgil Exner) and superb handling for what was a large car. In its first year of production the new C-300 would win both major American stock car racing series: NASCAR and AAA. So began the legend and for each of the next ten years a new 300 model, identified by a different letter of the alphabet, would appear. Here, from C-300 to 300L, is the full story fo Chrysler's famous 300 Letter series - "America's Most Powerful Car."
Like so many teenagers coming of automotive age in the mid-fifties, Robert Ackerson was drawn to fast-moving and exciting automobiles. These were usually found just a few miles north of his home in New City, New York, on Saturday nights at the stock car races at Middletown, NY. These interests have continued throughout his life and work.
His extensive automotive library, his life-long study of Mercedes-Benz history and his careful study and selection of material from the Daimler Archives make Two Summers an exciting book, celebrating the ever-young Mercedes-Benz W 196 R.
Robert Ackerson has written numerous books and articles about many of the world's greatest high-performance cars. His books include Return to Glory! The Mercedes 300 SL Racing Car, Jeep CJ 1945-1986 and Jeep Wrangler from 1987, Ford F-150 Pickup 1997 to 2005, Chrysler 300 Series - Pedigree, Power and Performance since 1955, and Chrysler PT Cruiser. He has received recognition for the quality of his writings from the Society of Automotive Historians and the Antique Car Club of America.
Robert lives in Schenevus, NY, and is a full time author.