Big Muscle: 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst Survivor

One of the great unknowns about the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst is exactly how many cars were built. Estimates put the total as low as 485, and as high as 502 cars. Regardless of what the figure actually is, the car itself is a pretty special piece of machinery. This one is a clean example that is located in Haskell, New Jersey and listed for sale here on eBay. With the bidding now at $15,500, the reserve has been met.

The 300 Hurst is a giant of a car at 19′ in length. All of the Hursts rolled off the production line finished in Spinnaker White. The cars were then shipped to the Hurst factory in Warminster, Pennsylvania, where a substantial transformation was performed. The first change to be made was the removal of the standard Chrysler steel hood skin, which was replaced with a fiberglass unit. This featured a decorative hood scoop and the obligatory set of recessed hood locks. The deck lid was also removed, and once again, a fiberglass replacement, complete with a spoiler integrated with the rear quarter panels, was also installed. The White paintwork was complimented by the addition of Satin Tan highlights and contrasting pinstripes, and the wheels were adorned with the same Satin Tan color in the centers. This Hurst is a clean car, with a small area of rust visible in the lower section of the driver’s side front fender, and surface corrosion present on the car’s underside. The Spinnaker White paint appears to be in good condition, but there has been some deterioration of the Satin Tan paint on both the hood and the deck lid. The exterior trim and chrome all look good, while the tinted glass is close to perfect.

The 300 Hurst was a premium car at a premium price, so naturally, it required a premium interior. In this case, seat upholstery was available in a single type and color. Continuing the exterior theme, the color is Saddle Tan, and the material is leather. The plush front seats are not standard 300 items but have been pilfered from the Imperial parts bin. While the original intention was for a Hurst shifter to be part of the interior features, this is something that never eventuated. The interior of this Hurst is close to perfect, with a single discolored spot on the dash pad being the most obvious fault. The rest of it presents in virtually as-new condition, and as befits a luxury car, it is loaded with luxury touches. These include air conditioning, power windows, six-way power seats, cruise control, a remote trunk release, and I think that there also might be an 8-track player hanging under the dash.

The 300 Hurst was the biggest of the muscle cars, and as such, it needed a big motor to get it moving. In this case, it is the TNT 440 engine, pumping out 375hp. The Hurst also features a 727 TorqueFlite transmission, a 3.23 rear end, power steering, power brakes, heavy-duty rear springs and front torsion bars, and sway bars. The exhaust was a full dual system, ending in quad tips. This Hurst hasn’t seen a lot of recent use, and documentation confirms that between 1986 and 2019, it managed to accumulate a grand total of 20 miles! Since being removed from its climate-controlled storage, it has undergone a meticulous mechanical check and recommissioning, and it is now said to run and drive perfectly. The owner does suggest that while the tires look good, they are pretty olds, and replacing them might be a good idea. He also says that the Hurst may need mufflers fairly soon. The car does come with a fair collection of documentation, including the original Build Sheet and Window Sticker, a pristine Certi-Card, Owner’s Manual, as well as dealer paperwork and other assorted items.

While there has always been some question surrounding the build totals for the 1970 300 Hurst, one thing is certain, and that is that there are less than 300 cars in existence today. Pristine examples can fetch sums in excess of $30,000, and even a rough example in need of restoration can still sell for anywhere around $13,000. This one doesn’t need a major restoration, but it does require some cosmetic work. I’m not sure where bidding is eventually going to go with this one, but I would suspect that it will be somewhere around the low to mid $20,000 mark. Even at that price, it probably wouldn’t be a bad buy.

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Comments

  1. poseur Member

    hilariously huge and super cool at the same time.
    needs to go to somebody that will appreciate it and drive it

    Like 27
  2. GMoparman

    Truly large and in charge, I love this Big Boi!

    Like 14
  3. David Morse

    You say “olds tires”. On a Chrysler, that’s heresy.

  4. Classic Steel

    What a land yacht!

    Whats the mpg? 12 driving like a grannie? 8 mpg foot to the floor jack rabbit starts?

    I guess when i heard “Hursts “ i dreamed
    of a four speed and hurst shifter in a console.

    Silly me …,😅

    Like 13
    • Chris M.

      Does anyone who owns a big block V8 actually expect to get any level of efficiency? I doubt it! 🤣

      “Hursts?” Silly you indeed 😉

      Like 18
      • pugsy

        Yes, I do. 496 with an overdrive tranny, a Gear Vendors behind that and totally mild cam. 3.55 gears.

        Sequential fuel injection of course.
        Of course, there is a 1941 New Yorker attached to all those components.
        I’m a sucker to try……

        Like 10
  5. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Yep nice and kinda rare to see in good shape like this one. Still the demand for one is not that great.

  6. glen

    Sounds like the perfect highway cruiser !

    Like 9
  7. sir mike

    Wonder if this is the car done on Fantom Works??? Very nice and rare car.

    Like 3
  8. OIL SLICK

    That there eats up miles of road fast. I want…

    Like 11
    • jwzg

      About as fast as it eats up gas. Sheesh…

      Like 4
  9. TimS Member

    One of my top 3 or 4 dream rides. Never get tired of seeing these.

    Like 8
  10. local_sheriff

    Nothing wrong about the Mopar intermediates. I’m not a player in the pentastar playground, however if the estimated price on Hurst 300s in the write-up is correct, I wouldn’t hesitate to take this over a B-body any day. It’s a much more rare and unique vehicle

    Like 13
  11. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    A big car for sure but only a foot longer than my ’72 Galaxie. This is a real stand out; a rare, bigger than full-size muscle car in pretty good condition. A desirable car needing only a back up beeper and a camera so you can see what’s happening way back there! I would advise that those interested in this behemoth measure their garage before bidding.

    Like 9
    • Sal

      FordGuy hit the nail on the head.
      Make sure you measure!
      I store my plow truck in the back barn during the summer and my 72 NY’er there in the winter. There’s a marked increase in space when the truck is inside vs this car.

      But great cruisers. Drives almost like a new car. I’d say 10-15 years ago they drove better then most new cars.
      Watching the prices over the last few years, doesn’t sound like you can go wrong.

      Like 6
  12. MathieuB

    2 brothers in my area have one of them.
    Can’t remember exactly but the difference between the 2 brother’s cars was the interior. One was equiped with more ”plushed” or ”cushion” seats than the other one. Last time I saw them was 10-15 years ago so please forgive my mistake if so.
    They were always together in cars meet.
    I’m not a mopar fan but damn theses looks mean machine!

    Like 3
  13. Steven Bell

    A whole TWENTY miles between 1986 and 2019….what a joke. Yet another garage queen/investment object. A car like this (can you remember when Chrysler built BIG cars) deserves to be out on the interstate, mercilessly gobbling up vast amounts of pavement with that 440….not collecting dust in the dark somewhere.

    Like 9
    • glen

      I can’t get to the nearest McDonalds in 20 miles!

      Like 7
    • Beel

      Major concern: not moved, started, rolled, gotten hot in in 33 years. Love the big Chryslers, but everything rubber on this car is dry or rotten. Other surprises await. But just think of one-finger steering and easy burnouts!

      Like 1
  14. ANDREW TANNER

    Very cool! I had no idea these existed. Love the fuselage era.

    Like 1
  15. Robbie M.

    Does that rusty hitch add any value? :P

    Like 1
    • Dave

      its painted tan or gold or whatever

  16. Will Fox

    This is probably one of the nicer `70 Hurst 300’s that have been featured here; looks great for being 50 years old already. Hurst wanted a center console for these with captain’s buckets, but it wasn’t possible since neither Chrysler nor Imperial had such an option that year, and they had to make due with whatever the parts bin offered.And while 375HP sounds like alot, pulling this tank it isn’t, really. It needs every one of those ponies to make this move. These always gather an audience at car shows since they are so seldom seen. Very nice.

    Like 9
    • OIL SLICK
      • TinCanSailor

        With Hurst in the name, I’d expect some manner of custom shifter. The type used in the G-body Hurst/Olds would have been cool…

  17. John Wilburn

    Rusty Nail: Candy Cane…..?

    Like 1
  18. Brian Ach

    I’ve seen this car in person, in NJ.

    It is sweet.

    “The owner does suggest that while the tires look good, they are pretty olds”

    Nope, Chrysler, not Olds

    lol

    Like 2
  19. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    How much bigger is this than the Charger of the same year?
    Call me unique, but I’d choose this over the Charger.

    Like 5
    • John Wilburn

      15” longer. 7” more wheelbase.

      Like 6
  20. Steven Bell

    @PRA4SNW
    The 70′ Dodge Charger is built on what Chrysler calls the “B” body platform, while same year Chryslers are built on “C” body platform. I don’t know what the exact difference is between the two is but the 70′ Chrysler is noticably longer and wider than the 70′ Charger. My 70′ New Yorker surpasses 19ft long. I can JUST barely get it in my garage because of its length.

    Like 5
    • James

      “I can JUST barely get it in my garage because of its length.”

      That’s what she said…sorry, had to! LOL ;)

      Like 2
  21. John Oliveri

    Gas mileage is probably hilarious, cause my 455 73 Grand Prix gets about 10 around town, maybe less, yes less on the highway w the A/C on, it burns like 20 per hr

    Like 1
  22. George Mattar

    I have only seen one of these beautys. It was at Chryslers at Carlisle in 2006. It was owned by a woman. I worked at Hemmings Motor News then. I took a photo of her standing by it. We published it in Hemmings Muscle Machines. I now live only 20 minutes from the original Hurst factory in Warminster. The building still stands, but Hurst moved out in the late 80s. I would sell my 73 Corvette to get this car. Thank you to the caretakers of this awesome car. Todays overpriced junk is boring.

    Like 6
  23. The one

    Tow hitch and helper leafs make me wonder, why and why was this guy towing?
    How many miles etc. Towing with a stock vehicle is never a good idea..

    Like 2
  24. JOHN Member

    I love the looks of these cars, I graduated from high school in 1970, I believe the absolute peak of the “muscle cars” This doesn’t exactly qualify as a “muscle car” in my book, I think more along the lines of the GTO and pony cars, but the well integrated rear spoiler, the tasteful hood scoop, and the graphics that accentuate the already ship-like length of the car works so well. I would love to have this! Can’t help think of removing and storing the original drivetrain and installing a modern Hemi…

    Like 2
  25. Troy s

    Great big get out of my way road hogger. Nice.
    Chrysler’s only hope of playing in the horsepower wars back then, but I don’t see a youthful market for it. Just too big and heavy.
    Don’t know what kind of mileage it would have got, I’ve heard stories of the CHP 440 pursuit cars from that era getting four miles per gallon, obviously from a leadfoot patrolman. But cars like this were never about economy, not in the slightest sense.

    Like 1
  26. w9bag

    The front of this car especially interests me. The wrap around bumper and hidden headlights are really nice. I’ve always wanted one, and would be on the Top 5 of car purchases after winning the lottery.

    Like 2
  27. Del

    Exceptional Mopar.

    Values on these will continue to climb.

    Dump the rusty hitch after you buy it.

  28. the one

    In an owner operated cab company in the late seventies, early 80’s we used to buy auction CHP cars and convert them into cabs. Bigger brakes and cooling systems made theses big block Mopars desirable. Hey, comparatively, gas was cheap! And you could defiantly get to your next fare in no time! A police 440, top end was unlimited!! OK, what movie is that line from y’all?

    Like 1
    • Troy s

      “My top end is Unnnlimited!”,, had that Charger sunk until the telephone pole came crashing down, urrgh, “my brakes faded on me, and the steering was loose anyways.” Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, of course. Great chase scene between two awesome rides.

  29. GP Member

    I have never seen one of these until today. I like the changes done to the body. I always liked hide away head lights. Sure is different then my 1966 Chrysler 300. I think I like the 1970 better. Good luck to the new owner, Pretty car for sure.

  30. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Sold for $21,600.

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