The Chrysler 300 was first introduced in 1962, it originally ran alongside the ‘Letter Series’ 300, when in 1966, the letter series finished production and the 300 carried the hopes of Chrysler right up until 1971. There are still quite a few of them around, but be wary of rusty floor-pans and the like.
1969 Chrysler 300 Design
As you’d expect from a mid-60’s American classic, the term ‘land yacht’ is very appropriate; the car is big, comfy and soft – never really designed to take on the Mustangs and Cobras of that era, but still packed a punch under the hood. In 1969, Chrysler released a deep facelift version, meaning that the angled headlights and crosshair grille were gone, to be replaced by the concealed headlights which went on to become the trademark of the 300. Marking lights were mounted inside the facets of the front bumper. The overall design of the car was performed in so-called ‘fuselage’ style.
The 300 was available as 2-door convertible, 2-door hardtop and a 4-door hardtop sedan.
1969 Chrysler 300 Interior
This being the 60’s, vinyl was the material of choice for many of the automobile manufacturers that wanted the look (and feel) of leather without the added cost to the bottom line. Aside from that, everything is as you may expect; a simple two-spoke steering wheel, buckets seats and chrome.
1969 Chrysler 300 Specs
The 60’s was all about power, not just in terms of the engine, but the accessories as well; the 300 has power-steering, powered windows, powered hood, power brakes and a powered adjustable driver’s seat. Include in that a decent air-conditioning system and adjustable steering wheel and you can see that the 300 really was well specced.
1969 Chrysler 300 Performance
There were three engines available, all V8 (naturally), all 7.2 liter; 350 BHP, 375 BHP and a special order V8 called the ‘TNT’.
Weighing in 4,312 lbs (1,956 kg), the 300 could just nudge the 120 MPH mark, although things got a bit scary at anything above 80 MPH, so perhaps that’s just a theoretical top speed! Power went to the wheels via a 3-speed auto transmission, mounted on the column.
1969 Chrysler 300 Collectability and Price
While the 300 certainly is a pretty car, it doesn’t really set the classic market alight, so prices (currently) are very reasonable; expect to pick up an average condition one for around $6,500, while a concourse model will set you back just short of $20,000.
Having said that, while researching the article, we had seen a full nut & bolt restoration selling for $42,000, although of course, we don’t know if there has been any interest at that price!