A clean, 1979 Chrysler 300, like this example for sale on Hemmings.com, can be a tempting collector car for Pentastar enthusiasts hunting for something unique.
The 300 was a special edition, built in limited numbers with a V-8, four-barrel, factory dual exhaust, a floorshift and luxuriously appointed interior. On top of all that, it remains affordable.
The 300 was its own model but, under the pinstripe and emblems, it was a gussied up Cordoba and the Cordoba was basically a B Body, circa 1962: torsion bars up front, leaf springs in the back, etc. The engine was the best Chrysler had to offer—the E-58 police powerplant (also used in Dodge’s Li’l Red Express), but low compression, catalytic converters and lean-burn ignition stifled any hope of the 360 making 1960s era power.
The buff magazines reported that the 195-hp 360 propelled the 3,900-pound car to an underwhelming 17-second quarter-mile at about 80 MPH.
At a time when the spigot dispensing Iranian oil had been turned off, the 360 was thirsty, with an estimated 12/17 MPG rating. The only transmission available in the 300 was the rugged three-speed Torqueflite which put the power to a Chrysler 91/4-inch axle with 3.21:1 gears.
All 1979 300s were finished in Spinaker White with red white and blue pinstripes and 300 callouts on the grille, door panels, taillamp lenses and wheels. Further sporty touches included blacked-out grille inserts, dual mirrors and decorative front fender louvers. Though the subtle wheels look like covers, they were actually aluminum rims shod from the factory with GR60x15 Goodyear Radial GT tires.
Inside, the 300’s furniture was upholstered in red leather, the steering wheel, too, had a leather covering, and the dash face as well as the top of the center console got special engine-turned trim. A tachometer and gauges were also standard issue alongside the NHTSA-mandated 85 mph speedometer.
There were 4,292 1979 300s built, and many of them were set aside as future collector cars, so they’re still out there waiting to be scooped up. The 1979 300 has a following too, so information and leads on parts are all out there as well.
From the seller’s description:
Rare 1979 Chrysler 300 ( 4292 produced including 477 Red ones for the Canadian market ) . low low original miles . This 300 has the ultra rare factory sun roof . 360 cu in 4V …727 Torqueflite … all numbers match …factory HD disc brakes….HD front and rear sway bars …..original 9 1/4 …3.23 posi rear end ……original true dual exhaust …Factory.AC ( 134A ) …..power windows ….original red corinthian leather seats in great condition. …..stock KH light weight factory wheels ….new good year tires ….The only change made to the engine was to remove the lean burn system …Passed Texas State Saftey Inspection (3 / 2005 ) ….. this 300 has factory cruse control which all had the padded factory steering wheel ,also has the original factory 8 track radio .. This car is in great original condition ,runs and drives as it should . The 1979 Chrysler 300 was the fastest best handling MOPAR that the OLD Chrysler Corp could produce that year ,thanks to the econmey …….fuel shortages ….and goverment regulations …….please DO NOT get the 300 mixed up with the Corodba .. The only thing they have in common is the body . You will not find a nicer original rust free low production car for this low price. It will only go up in value.
Location: Red Oak, Texas
Status: No Longer Available
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