1963 CHRYSLER 300J 2-Door

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1963 CHRYSLER 300J 2-Door

Background

Equal parts engineering testbed, parts bin special, homologation model, and clever marketing ploy, Chrysler’s C-300 of 1955 was the first American production car with 300 hp. The C-300 and its 1956 successor the 300B absolutely dominated high-level American stock car racing at a time when the word “stock” still meant something, and set a number of flying mile records at Daytona Beach as well, including a hugely impressive 139.37 in 1956.

Luxurious, fast, and exclusive remained the core ingredients of a recipe developed over a further ten “letter cars”, and the 300 J was the rarest of all - the featured auction car is one of just 400 made.

The Vehicle

Built on Mopar’s C body architecture and wearing sheet metal shared with Chrysler division’s Newport and New Yorker, the 300J was preceded by the 300H, as it was thought that an “I” would be too easily mistaken for a 1.

When new, the 300J was capable of 143 mph flat out, making it among the fastest production cars of its day, regardless of type or origin.

On the Outside

Colors were limited to black, red, gray, or one of two different whites. These are true pillarless hardtop coupes, with no B-pillar separating the front and rear windows, and offer a real sense of open space with all four rolled down. Despite the lack of B-pillars, the C-pillars are still, well, C-pillars, and here they’re home to signature red, white, and blue badges surrounding a stylized letter J.

Trim, brightwork, and accessories present as correct and complete.

On the Inside

The car presents similarly complete, correct, and well preserved inside the expansive cabin. The wild square-ish steering wheel is 100% correct here, though its rim has been covered with a DIY leather rim kit. To its left, a dash module is home to push-button transmission controls, and the factory center console-mounted tachometer has been replaced with a modern unit.

Upholstery and trim resemble factory items, meaning red leather displays a hint of copper, and evokes the spectacularly exotic Chrysler Turbine Cars of the same year.

Underneath

Only one engine was available, and the one fitted to this car looks right. A 413ci “Golden Lion” big block V8 with distinctive, race-bred cross-ram intake manifolds mounting dual quad-barrel carbs, this engine was rated at 390 hp and 485 lb-ft from new.

History Highlights

This car is offered without known history.

What We Think

Chrysler’s original 300 Letter Series models are towering figures in the history of the American performance car, and with so few built, the J is among the most special of an inherently special breed. Estimated $12,000 - $20,000.

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Seller

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  • Location: Gardena, CA, United States
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 28632
  • Engine: 413 cu in. Big-Block V8
  • Gearbox: Auto
  • Steering position: Left-hand drive
  • Colour: Black
  • Interior: Red / Leather
  • Estimated Price: $12,000 - $20,000

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