1961 Chrysler 300
I fell in love with the Chrysler 300's when I was in my early 20's and saw a '59 300E being towed into a salvage yard in Sunland California back in the mid '60s. 35 years later I finally made my wish come true when I found this beauty on the internet for sale only 140 miles from where I live. The drive home was an experience in itself, what with the motorcyclists and truckers honking and waving and just ordinary people in the own cars giving me the "thumbs-up" sign of approval.
Wherever I go with this 300, people stop whatever they are doing and gawk at the big "Batman" fins and the raminduction manifold. These cars are really rare. They were rare when they were NEW. I had it repainted and the interior redone since purchasing it, otherwise it was already fully restored.
Now THIS is the crowd stopper. An engineering miracle in its own right, I am amazed this thing actually runs as well as it does for a 4300 lb car.
The 413 inch wedge motor with its 30 inch long ram-induction intake manifolds with twin Carter 4bbl carbs, produce 375 hp and 495 ft lbs torque. More than enough to launch this beast from 0-60 in 7 seconds flat (if you can keep the wheelspin under control) and propel it down the quarter mile in 15.5 sec @ 92 mph. It may not be the fastest Mopar around, but certainly it is the King of the Mopars.
The swivel seats, "astrodome" instrument cluster, and the 4 leather covered bucket seats with full length console are real crowd pleasers.
The 300 is the show winner with a cabinet full of trophies in just one season. Not many Mopars out here to compete with. I think their uniqueness is one reason they win so often. EVERYBODY has a chebbie...nobody cares about them anymore :)
I overheard one older gentleman at a car show tell his wife while admiring my 300 as it sat next to a 57 Chevy.....that Chevy is a kid's car, always was, always will be.....but this Chrysler; now this is a MAN'S car.
See other 300's on Karl's Yahoo Picture Page.
These BIG Mopars and ancestors to the Muscle Cars of the 1960's are THE King's of the Road even today!
They are among my favorites, too!
April 7, 2001.