BF AUCTION: 1963 Chrysler 300 Pace Setter Convertible

Chrysler has built some incredible cars over the years, and while their muscle cars of the mid to late ’60 are fun, the 300 series of the late ’50s and early ’60s are some of the best looking cars to wear the Chrysler badge! They sadly didn’t build many of these cars, especially Pace Setter Convertibles like this one. This was a one year only option and only 1,860 were built. It’s said to be an all original survivor and has just 26k documented miles!

Seller Description: Unrestored original survivor with less than 26k documented miles. Guest in the Survivors tent at Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. Well sorted and not afraid to take her the three hours from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. The 383/727 combo is nice for cruising. I am the sixth owner and have logged around 3k miles on her.

Since I have owned it I have serviced the drivetrain with general maintenance as well as re-coring the radiator to a 4 core, re-arching the rear springs, new KYB shocks, 15″ tires with 300 hubcaps (14″ comes with car), new rear convertible boot (original comes with car). I have driven to Carlise, PA (180 miles each way) for the Mopar show two times without hesitation and have asked to be part of the survivor tent. She eats up highway miles with ease and is a pleasure to drive. The only issues consist of an intermittent horn as well as a clock that needs to be serviced. Otherwise the car is as sound as it gets. I have all the service records as well as service manual. I also have a few odds and ends that I have picked up at Carlisle such as NOS gauges, hoses, etc…

Finding one of these is uncommon, finding one in nice original condition is unheard of. Given how nice it looks in the photos, we initially questioned the mileage and originality, but Chris has documentation to back up the mileage and to be featured in the Survivors tent at Carlisle would suggest it’s legitimate. If you have any specific questions about documentation, condition or ownership history, please leave your questions for Chris in the comments below!

With a name like Pace Setter, you would expect this car to have some serious grunt. And thankfully, the 305 horsepower 383 doesn’t disappoint. While a 413 or a 426 would be more fun, this engine has more than enough grunt to keep things lively especially for a convertible. This particular 383 is the factory installed original and runs nicely. It’s spent much of it’s life parked, but thankfully it has been maintained by it’s previous owners throughout the years. Besides having consumables replaced, it has had a new rear oil seal installed and a new muffler. At this point, it just needs the Antique Auto Battery installed that Chris has for it, which is included, and possibly a good detailing.

If you think the outside of this car looks great, just have a look at the interior! These really were luxurious and were built for comfortable high speed cruising. Being a Pace Setter means that this car is equipped with a special badge to commemorate the Chrysler 300 that served as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500. Said badge is still mounted on the center console and is looking great. As a matter of fact, the entire interior is looking fantastic. Clearly, this convertible hasn’t spent much time out in the sun with the top down.

Chris sent us a number of detailed photos of his Chrysler, so be sure to have a closer look at it in the gallery below. He also included photos of some of the documentation, as well as a copy of the car’s history as laid out by a previous owner (it’s well worth a read). If you’ve been looking for a survivor grade Mopar and want something special, this one ticks off a lot of boxes! If you’d love to drive it home from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, be sure to bid.

Our special thanks to Chris for listing his Chrysler with us! If you have a survivor that needs a new home, please consider auctioning it right here on Barn Finds!

Location: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
Mileage: 25,530
VIN: 8033210653
Title Status: Clean

Bid On This Vehicle

High Bid: $19,800 (Reserve Not Met)
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Ended: Aug 30, 2017 9:00am
Top Bidder: Jason
Buyer Premium: 5%
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    Jason bid $19,800.00Aug 27, 2017 6:27pm
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    William bid $18,000.00Aug 27, 2017 6:07pm
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    Jason bid $17,800.00Aug 27, 2017 10:41am
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    Jason bid $15,700.00Aug 26, 2017 5:47pm
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    William bid $13,000.00Aug 26, 2017 3:07pm
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    Jason bid $12,700.00Aug 24, 2017 8:43pm

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Comments

  1. Miguel

    I do believe it was 1861 built. I had one of these in terrible condition back in the ’80s. It always ran though.

    • F.A.G.

      Huh?

      • Miguel

        The production number. Not 1800 but 1861.

  2. DrinkinGasoline

    Perty Verty !

  3. F.A.G.

    We all see the elephant in the room…why can’t the owner instal the battery themselves?

    Aside from gassing up and putting air in the tires, the battery is kinda easy, right?

    ps: those seats belts look like this car was owned by a mechanic or two…they look greasy.

  4. Dave Wright

    Magnificent car…….Thankyou for NOT calling it a letter series car…….it would have been a J………

  5. Chris

    I am the owner and the battery was sent back to Antique Auto Battery because of a malfunction. To their credit they replaced at no charge but I do not receive it in time for the photos. The seats are not greasy. What you are seeing is the difference in age from the new boot and the original seats. I assure you the seats are very nice. Oh and yes I know how to install a battery;).

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  6. Ed P

    Beautiful car.

  7. Chris

    I mis-read. The seat belts are made from weaved cloth and not stained.

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  8. FLman

    @Chris the seller: does this car wear the original 1963 factory exterior paint?

    • Chris

      Yes. The paint is original to the car and very nice The front right fender was repainted a long time ago but from the previous owners notes it is believed to have been done early in the cars life. Possibly at delivery. See letter from Chrysler dealership in pictures.

  9. Dogfather

    Gorgeous.I love all the 300s, but if I ever hit the lottery,I will get a 57 300C convertible,my dream car

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  10. Ed

    Wow I wish it were mine I love it My mom had a 1960 that I drove to high school when she would let me loved it

  11. DweezilAZ

    My older brother had a 300 in the same top and body color. 10 years old at the time and just an old car then.

    Great to ride in with the top down, but the Iowa winters had not been kind to it.

  12. Rustytech

    Beautiful car! Very low mileage, but at least it has been driven and maintained. These years 63/64 have never been my favorites, the I think the convertible looks much better than the hardtop. I would drive this with pride. Kudos to all the previous owners!

  13. charlie

    In 1968, single, money to burn, I almost bought a ’57 300 C which went like hell, but was pretty beat up, and then passed on a ’63 4 door hardtop, which I still think is a beautiful car, bought a ’54 Corvette, but wish I had found this one, or one like it, one of the best cars of the 60’s – style, power, and comfort.

  14. Wayne

    I have always thought that this body style was the best.
    I love it!

  15. Ed P

    I remember a dark green ’64, 300k. What a luxurious looking brute of a car.

  16. Chris

    Thank you all for the kind words and fond memories of these beautiful brutes. I forgot to mention that this car comes with a custom fit California Car cover. It is also registered with the International Chrysler 300 Club International.

    • F.A.G.

      Sweet!

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