383 CID, AUTO, NEWER PAINT, NEWER INTERIOR, POWER STEERING/BRAKES, ARIZONA CAR!!
Chrysler's letter-series cars redefined luxury and performance in the 1950s, and without them, we probably wouldn't have had the muscle car era, nor the overpowered luxury sedans of today. Early 300s sell for well into six-figures, but this 1964 Chrysler 300 offers the same kind of big horsepower luxury without the staggering price tag.
The look clearly shares its DNA with the industrial-strength Mopars that were terrorizing drag strips around the country in the early 1960s, and it scales up pretty well. This is a big car, the kind that once roamed the wide-open spaces of America with a hovercraft-like ride and enough horsepower to push it through the air without breaking a sweat. There are signs of Virgil Exner's brilliance in the headlights and front fender sculpting and the soft green paint keeps it from looking too heavy. It was repainted about four years ago, so it looks quite good, even up close, and by using modern paint technology, it'll keep this look for years to come. They weren't quite ready to give up tailfins over at Chrysler, so there are vestigial chrome-tipped ridges on the rear quarters, and the slashing side trim makes the car look about a mile long. Good chrome, particularly the intricate bumpers, shows well against the soft green finish and this is the kind of car that will attract attention everywhere it goes just because few have ever seen one before.
Bucket seats and a console were a luxury/muscle tradition from the earliest days, and it's awesome to see it in this full-sized hardtop. Chrysler's styling department nailed the futuristic look with clean cloth and vinyl buckets, lots of stainless trim, and a gorgeous steering wheel with horn rings that seem to float. The instrument panel is big, bold, and easy to read with round gauges arrayed as they would be in a sports car. Push-button heater controls are at your fingertips and the original AM radio is so neatly integrated into the dash that it becomes a styling element all by itself. The entire interior was restored at the same time the body was painted, so the upholstery, carpets, and other soft parts remain in very good condition. It's not heavily optioned, but when your base car looks this good, you really don't need a lot of other equipment to make a driver happy. And for road trips, nothing beats a big car with a big engine and a big trunk, the latter of which is finished with a reproduction mat and a full-sized spare.
383 cubic inches makes for effortless driving and the big block was rebuilt about 12,000 miles ago, so it runs quite well. The engine bay is a combination of restored and original pieces, with a correct air cleaner atop the burly V8. Service access is excellent thanks to the massive engine bay, and with a car this size, power steering and brakes are mandatory. A TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic shifts almost imperceptibly although the new Flowmaster exhaust system with X-pipe will surely provide aural indications that a shift has occurred. Standard hubcaps and 215/75/14 whitewall radials help keep things low-key, but this is really a fantastic long-distance machine.
Unique, powerful, and nicely finished, you probably never thought you could get this much sheetmetal for so little cash. If you like to be just a bit out of the ordinary, this Chrysler is a great choice. Call today!
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- AM Radio
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Tilt Wheel
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Brakes
- Power Drum
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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