Chrysler 300 series without letter suffix has a pretty short heritage in comparison with many other models – just 9 years, produced in 3 different bodies throughout the model lifespan. We have already reviewed 1965 model, this time, we would like to introduce the 1968 Chrysler 300 car. It was dedicated to the second generation model, as well as 1965, though have some changes, especially in terms of design.
1968 Chrysler 300 design
As it was very popular in the late 60s, the car features hidden headlights. It helps 300 gain a more futuristic look, and moreover some connections in customer minds with Hemi-powered Charger of the same year. Related to the full-size class, 1968 Chrysler 300 was really big. Hidden headlights, as well as enlarged radiator grille, visually made it even bigger and wider.
Hardtop coupe features C-pillar of the unique design. The rear end while looking at the side looks a lot like boxcutter. Rear lights become wider, with auxiliary round lights on the inside edges.
Just like previous models, it was available as hardtop sedan and coupe, and convertible. The sedan body was discontinued earlier in 1967.
1968 Chrysler 300 interior
The interior of Chrysler 300 ’68 received a flat design, with a long stripe of gauges, including alternator gauge, fuel level, and speedometer. There was also an analog clock with a unique design. The interior quality, as well as the availability of different options largely depends on trim level. Higher trims have bucket seats with tunnel mounted gear lever, air conditioning, and leather upholstery. The steering wheel looks a bit old-fashioned for the late 60s, have an only 2-spoke design with horn ring.
Unlike the previous generation car, 1968 Chrysler 300 was more luxurious, making it a personal luxury vehicle, rather than utility one.
1968 Chrysler 300 specs
The Chrysler 300 power unit range was dramatically ceased to the one and only option of 440 cubic inch (7.2 liter) V8 engine, with two power output variations. The standard engine has an output of 350 HP and 480 ft-lb of torque. More powerful TNT version of the same unit produces 375 HP with the same amount of torque. The gearbox options include a 3-speed Torqueflite automatic and classic 3-speed automatic transmission.
Despite a heavy weight and large dimensions, the car was rated as one of the best-performing full-size cars of the late 60s, which makes it a perfect combination of comfort and speed.
1968 Chrysler 300 production numbers and collectibility
Total more than 33,000 cars were produced for the 1968 model year. 16,953 2-door hardtops were made, 15,507 hardtop sedans, and only 2,161 convertibles. Back in the 1960s, cars were quite expensive – $4,209 for a hardtop coupe (this equals almost $30,000 for 2016 prices). Now even a convertible is not really a collectible vehicle, with the prices less than $20,000 on average for a pretty good condition car.