1965 Chrysler 300: cooler with letter

There was quite aŃ‚ interesting story behind the Chrysler models naming. There were a letter and non-letter series of cars producing side-by-side from 1962. In 50s only letter series cars were in production. Well, it is not necessary to dive into the past so deep – just remember how Chrysler recently renamed its 300C sedan into simple “300”.

This article is dedicated to Chrysler 300 and 300L models released in 1965. It was a personal-luxury full-size vehicle built to compete with GM’s Caprice/Impala series and Ford’s Galaxie.

1965 Chrysler 300 design

The design of 1965 model year Chrysler 300 was typical for that era, highly remind Buick’s Wildcat, Chevrolet Impala – only without coke-bottle styling. There were a few really interesting and unique features of the exterior. For example – curved body sides, with two forging lines flowing through door handle from front fenders edge up straight to the rear end. The same line drawn from front wheel arches. It looks fresh and pretty.
Rear wheel niches were slightly hidden, the grille has cross shape, like in modern Dodge models. Massive front bumper slides on front fenders and was highly chrome-trimmed. Two pairs of headlights were covered.

1965 chrysler 300 design

1965 Chrysler 300 interior

If the exterior was fresh and unique in details, you cannot say the same for the interior. Of course, it was modern for that times, however, its overall architecture was simple and a bit archaic. Nevertheless, there were a few cool details. First of all, semi-circular dashboard overflowing the panel. Secondly, tachometer mounted in a very unusual place – on a console between the seats. It was only available with bucket seats and presumably only on 300L modifications with 4-speed manual, while automatic modifications received vacuum gauge in the same place. Not to mention wide armrest for front passengers.

1965 chrysler 300 interior
The steering wheel has a 3-spoke simple design on all modifications.
300L also better trimming materials and richer equipment.

1965 Chrysler 300 modifications

1965 Chrysler 300 was available in a wide range of body styles: 4-door sedan, 4-door hardtop sedan, 2-door hardtop coupe and 2-door convertible. 300L was available only as a 2-door coupe or convertible.

1965 Chrysler 300 specs

The car was pretty big, heavy and bulky. And of course, it was a representative of a personal luxury car, so it should have huge V8 engines just to provide enough dynamics and comfort.
Only two engines were available for 1965 Chrysler 300 – two V8s, the first of B-series 383 cubic inch (6.3L). The second is 413 CID (6.8L) RB-series V8.
The cars equipped either with 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic or with a 4-speed manual. 383-engine cars have gear shifter mounted on the steering column, with bench seats.
300L had only the biggest 413 cu in engine with 4-barrel carburetor producing around 360 HP.

1965 chrysler 300 engine

1965 Chrysler 300L equipment

The car was really stuffed with gadgets, especially for the 1960s. There were power brakes and steering, radio, heater, vinyl upholstery. Optionally power windows, more advanced radio, air conditioner and even power trunk opening were available.

1965 Chrysler 300L collectibility

1965 model year Chrysler 300L cars are quite rare – only 2845 copies were sold, including just 440 convertibles.

1965 Chrysler 300 images

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