NICE CHRYSLET 300, 383 MOTOR W/ 727 TRANS, GREAT COLOR COMBO, NICE CLASSIC
The Chrysler 300 was probably the original gentlemen's hot rod, and the tradition continued in 1965 with cars like this handsome hardtop. With the same angular styling as its muscle-bound Plymouth and Dodge cousins, albeit executed on a larger scale, this heavy-hitter has presence and style that's hard to match.
Chrysler was hitting on all eight cylinders in the mid-60s, dominating the streets with big performance in big cars. This 300 wasn't conceived to be a muscle car, but the look has swagger and there's horsepower in there to back it up, so why not make the most of it? Finished in its original Spanish Red, it's a fantastically unusual color that works superbly on the angular bodywork. But those same straight body lines don't allow for any sloppy workmanship, and you can see that the guys at the paint shop put in some overtime to get it right. The panels all line up extremely well, which is critical with those creases along the top and bottom of the sides of the car, and the shine is pretty darned impressive. It's been driven a bit, so it's not perfect, but aside from some very, very minor touch-ups it definitely catches the eye and delivers on its great first impression. There's also plenty of bright trim, including nicely finished bumpers, great stainless details to highlight the body lines, and a cool machined insert between the taillights. And that cantilevered roof wrapped in black vinyl is a look that practically defined Chrysler in the 1960s.
The spectacular white interior is what certain other brands might call "parchment" and it is dazzling against the bronze paint job. Deeply sculpted seats look like buckets but offer the space of a bench, and with that extra-long wheelbase, there's plenty of room for everyone front and rear. As a Chrysler, those are leather seating surfaces, so it's luxurious to the touch and has a definite high-end feel. You can still see echoes of Chrysler's "Astra-Dome" instrument panel with the arched speedometer and the slender chrome control levers for the turn signals and gear shift are pure style. There's an under-dash A/C unit that looks period-correct, while the original AM radio still lives in the dash. And I think it goes without saying that the trunk is big enough to handle a Volkswagen as an escape pod, and it's finished with black carpets and carries a full-sized spare.
The big 383 cubic inch V8 provides smooth, effortless power that moves all that sheetmetal with ease. Unobtrusive but strong enough to get attention when all four barrels are opened, it's the ideal luxury car powerplant for the guy who still enjoys going fast. A few chrome dress-up parts add some sparkle to the engine bay, along with some braided stainless hoses. An electric fan helps keep it cool even in traffic, because the last thing you want is for your big luxury car to get cranky on the way home from the office, and the 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic is an ideal travelling partner. The underside of this car is shockingly clean and with a pair of Flowmaster mufflers, it's a bit more aggressive-sounding than stock, but that's perfectly OK with us. In fact, adding a set of Torque Thrust wheels and fat Cooper radials gives it the prefect sporting look that matches its personality.
You'll fall in love with this car because it's pretty but its real beauty is on the road where it can show you what luxury and performance are all about. Call today!
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- 383 V8
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- Body Color
- 26,816 (Unknown)
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- Center Console