10-year rotisserie restoration completed in 2003
Winner of multiple national awards / Served as the feature car for multiple national events
Correct 413 cubic inch RB V8 / Dual-quad induction
Correct A727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission
Mostly-original sheetmetal / Original glass and stainless / Correct Tuxedo Black PPG single-stage paint
Correct Cocoa leather interior / Factory Air Temp air conditioning
Sale includes: Restoration photos / Restoration receipts / A Galen Govier Fender Tag Decode
Front disc and rear drum brakes / Original front drums included with sale
15-inch wheels / Original wheel covers
1 of only 435 1962 Chrysler 300Hs produced / 1 of only 164 accounted for today
One of the many great things about the muscle car era was Detroit's ability to inject excitement and performance in to EVERY model on the showroom floor. In the '60s, that meant awesome, ground pounding machines for virtually every buyer. And today, it translates to a healthy list of unique classics which offer exclusive options and rare equipment combinations. Take, for example, this documented, national award-winning Chrysler 300H. Dressed in formal Tuxedo Black single-stage, rocking a spry dual-quad V8 and fitted with a tough A727 3-speed, it's the kind of car that can beat up crosstown rivals AND anchor an exclusive collection of classics. If you're in the market for some exceptionally restored muscle that, in addition to providing years of fond memories, has all the right stuff to continue gaining value, this cool letter car is your hot ticket!
1 of only 164 1962 Chrysler 300Hs believed to still exist, this stunning MoPar has served as the feature car for the Chrysler 300 Club International Fall Meet, served as the feature car for the Das Awkscht Fescht, and won Best in Class honors in Concours d'Elegance judging. The car met its first owner right here in Concord, North Carolina, back in 1962. In 1993, it was discovered by its most recent owner about an hour outside of Concord in Lancaster, South Carolina. And from 1993 to 2003, that owner perfected a detailed, rotisserie restoration that has, thus far, provided 13 trouble-free years of enjoying cruise-ins, visiting shows and making yearly treks to the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. That 18K miles of travel has been most eventful, since, as the owner put it: "[the car] wins every year at Carlisle" and "has won so many trophies, I had to donate a lot of them".
Stripped bare, this Chrysler's solid, original body needed very little metalwork. The top had one dent that, instead of being filled, was repaired by a professional body man using a hammer and dollies. The trunk and floorpans didn't really need replaced, but the restorer replaced them anyway to add to the restoration's longevity. All the car's glass remains original, as does its stainless, which was professionally polished to an impressive luster. In the name of authenticity, correct Tuxedo Black pigment is reflected by PPG Concept acrylic urethane single-stage. Naturally, that finish has been color-sanded, power-compounded, glazed and hand-polished to an incredible shine. And fresh side medallions, sourced from Australia's George Laurie, are just the finishing touch to ensure this Chrysler rolls as one super slick muscle car that mixes stellar performance with killer aesthetics!
Professionally rebuilt, this slick Chrysler's correct, 413 cubic inch RB V8 is spectacular in virtually every way! In factory guise, the top-option mill created 380 horsepower and, since it was reassembled with a standard bore, that's probably close to what it makes now. At the top of the monster motor, gold, MoPar-branded air cleaners feed big Carter carburetors, which are positioned on an exclusive dual-quad intake. That wide-set manifold hangs a traditional points distributor between stainless fuel lines, a MoPar canister filter and eight 7mm Premium High Temperature Cables. Those wires snake around correct, cast iron heads, which hang large valves and hardened valve seats between restored exhaust manifolds and stamped rocker covers. Cooling for the big engine is provided by a correct, MoPar-branded radiator, which rides between fully restored ancillaries and a cool Jiffy Jet washer bag. And, like the motor itself, the car's Tuxedo Black engine bay is highly detailed and exceptionally impressive, from its correct master cylinder all the way to its fresh red cap battery.
Like most classics, if this 300 could talk it would tell many awesome stories. One such tale is how the car's floorpans came to be replaced. One Saturday morning its restorer was awaiting the arrival of a body man who had been called to price custom pans. That kind of thing is common on early '60s metal, since hardly anyone stamps replacement parts: especially for MoPars. The guy never showed up and, frustrated, the restorer started helping his friend work on a '69 Charger that occupied the neighboring bay. That's when he noticed that '69 Charger pans looked an awful lot like '62 300 pans. Come to find out, they were exactly the same, all the way down to their bends and stiffening ribs. So, the restorer ordered a full set of fresh Charger pans and then had them professionally butt welded to reduce overlap and potential for rust. As for the car's trunk floor, it was replaced with a solid piece that was sourced from an Arizona salvage yard.
At the center of those floors, a professionally restored A727 3-speed funnels power to a familiar 8.75-inch axle. Naturally, there's a tough front torsion bar and rear leaf suspension that's been completely restored to include factory power steering. In the name of safety, the car's front drums, which are included with our sale, have been retired in favor of AAJ Brakes discs. At the center of the chassis, aluminized exhaust shuttles spent gases in to throaty turbo mufflers. The 300's original wheels were rusty and bent, so the previous owner sourced a set of 1986 Chrysler Fifth Avenue wheels. Not only are those steelies designed for the car's modern 235/75R15 Douglas radials, they also feature correct off-set and are detailed with 300 Club-sourced medallions.
Swing the doors and you'll find a correct Cocoa interior that's fresh and classy thanks to Gary Goers' Classic Car Interior Restoration. Four bucket seats are firm, conveying the upscale nature of Chrysler's letter series cars via fresh Goers foam and correct 'basket weave' leather. There's a pristine Just Dashes dash that hangs electroluminescent telemetry and upgraded Air Temp air conditioning between a polished mirror, a Golden Tone radio and pushbutton transmission controls. At the bottom of that dash, fresh Goers' carpet balances correct floor strips around a correct console. At the sides of that carpet, fresh door panels hang NOS handles in front of electric windows. Above those panels, a correct 'basket weave' headliner frames original, re-covered visors. The driver spins an original steering wheel that was carefully restored by Dennis Crooks of San Diego's Quality Restorations. And the passengers stash cargo in a fully restored trunk that anchors a pliable mat beneath a correct jack and full-size spare tire.
This Chrysler's sale includes official Galen Govier literature that breaks down the car's VIN and Fender Tag as follows:
84: Chrysler 300H
2: 1962 model year
3: Assembled in Jefferson, Missouri
156942: Seque...for more information please contact the seller.