Rare Convertible? 1964 Chrysler 300

It’s blue, it’s a Chrysler, and it’s a convertible. These are all things that get me excited! Although this Chrysler is a little older than the MoPar products I typically involve myself with, this is a beautiful car. Although a full set of wheel covers would be an upgrade, this car looks like it is in pretty solid overall condition. This could be quite the purchase for someone and many thanks to Peter R. for sending this in. It can be yours for a modest $3,100! Find it here on Craigslist in Connecticut.

Although this is not the best view of it, under the hood is a “nice running 383 engine.” Lack of photographs make it difficult for me to determine what the engine might actually be, but I have no reason to doubt the seller. The seller states this car has 50,000 miles on it, so it seems likely that the engine would run. This 300 is also equipped with a pushbutton transmission, which is certainly a polarizing device (you either love it or you hate it!). Having driven a 1962 Chrysler Newport with a pushbutton transmission, I think they are kind of fun to use, but others may disagree.

The ad mentions that this car will need a new top and new interior, both typical symptoms of unrestored vintage convertibles. Although the rest of the car looks pretty nice, and the floral throw pillows are a nice touch, I would have at least the front seats recovered before enjoying this car too much. From what can be seen peeking out on the drivers side, these seats are in rough shape, likely from years of use coupled with exposure to the sun. The steering wheel is also probably quite rough underneath the cover, and the windshield is cracked which could prove difficult to replace on a car like this.

The body looks straight and almost rust-free. Although this could be chalked up to the seller being good at taking photos, I suspect this car is being honestly represented as with Chrysler products rust is often an “all or nothing” type deal. Though a little dull on top, the paint on the sides looks to be nice and leads me to believe this car would polish well. I think this car would be a great partial restoration project or daily driver. Would you restore it all the way? Drive it as is? Or fix the main issues and make a nice cruiser out of it?

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Comments

  1. LMK Member

    Gone !!

  2. RonY

    Seems the craigslist add has already been deleted by owner, looks like a good deal….

  3. whippeteer

    I’d get me a Chrysler that’s as big as a whale. Unfortunately it has already set sail…

    • Sam

      It seats about 20, c’mon and bring your juke box money…

  4. Wagon master

    It’s not a K letter car. No center console with shifter.

  5. Dave Wright

    Not a K for sure……..more research please….worth 20% of a Letter car.

  6. RNR

    Don’t need to check inside for a console – only the “sport” series 300’s had the side trim; the K’s were cleaner for the lack of it. That said, $3100 is a good price for a relatively solid ’64 convert.

  7. JTNC

    The reason it’s a 383 and not a 413 is it’s not a 300K. As pointed out by others, it’s a “regular” 300 Sport, not a letter series car. Still kind of cool, but in a lower league.

  8. rrush

    Had the wagon of this with the push button trans, if i remember you could jump start one of these ,by rolling in neutral with the key on and hitting drive.

  9. Andrew Tanner Member

    Thanks for the catch on the letter-series error fellas! That was due to my own misunderstanding of my research on this era Chryslers. I have updated the article with accurate information.

    • Greg Member

      Nice car Andrew! Someone’s going to have a lot of fun with it 😀

  10. Wagon master

    You can push start older torque flights that have a rear pump connected to the output shaft.

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