2018 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
49

1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst Coupe (LHD)

$61,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine 440ci V8
Gearbox 3 speed Automatic 9 Torqueflite)
Body Work Coupe
Colour White, Gold accents
Interior Tan
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel Styled
Brakes Disc / Drum

Description

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The Chrysler 300 "letter series" are high-performance luxury cars that were built from 1955 to 1965. After the initial model year, which was named C-300, the 1956 cars were designated 300B. Successive model years were given the next letter of the alphabet, reaching the 300L by 1965, after which the model was dropped. The 300 "letter series" cars were among the first focused on performance after World War II, and thus many enthusiasts consider them to be the muscle car's ancestors. The 1970 Hurst 300 lacks the single-letter suffix of its forebears and many automobile historians do not include the Hurst 300 as a Letter Series model. However, the concept of the car does fit with the Letter Series cars, as it was a high-performance variant of the luxury 300, built with the input of aftermarket parts manufacturer Hurst Performance. The Hurst 300s were all two-door coupes and shared a special Hurst-only white and gold paint scheme like the Oldsmobile and Pontiac Hurst models of the day. The scooped bonnet and bootlid (with a moulded spoiler) are both fiberglass. All Hurst 300s had satin tan leather interiors that were straight out of the Imperial and could be had with column or console-mounted 727 automatics. All came with the 375hp (280 kW) 440ci (7.2 litre) 4-barrel TNT V8 engine. Only 501 units are believed to have been built.