AUCTION: 1964 Chrysler 300K Convertible Headed To Mecum

472 CI WEDGE V8, Automatic, 1 of 625 Produced...

In the realm of classic American automobiles, few hold the mystique and allure quite like the Chrysler 300 letter-series models. Often hailed as “a gentleman’s Hot Rod,” these vehicles exude a blend of refined elegance and raw power that captivates enthusiasts. Among these distinguished classics, the 1964 Chrysler 300K Convertible stands out as a rare gem.

1964 Chrysler 300K Convertible. (Mecum).

Among the pantheon of collector cars, the 1964 Chrysler 300K Convertible is a true rarity, with only 625 units produced that year. A defining characteristic of this particular model is its recent restoration, masterfully executed in 2020 by Fenders and Fins in Woodinville, Washington. This meticulous restoration journey embraced the utilization of rebuilt and New Old Stock (NOS) parts, ensuring an authentic revival of this classic beauty.

The restoration process left no detail unattended. Every facet of the vehicle was meticulously refurbished or replaced, from the wiring to the suspension, exhaust, and convertible top components. 

1964 Chrysler 300K Convertible. (Mecum).

At the heart of the 1964 Chrysler 300K Convertible lies a powerhouse that has been transformed into a true performance marvel. The balanced and blueprinted 6.7-liter (413 cubic-inch) RB “WEDGE” V8 engine underwent a remarkable evolution, being bored and stroked to a staggering 7.7 liters (472 cubic inches). The legendary long-ram induction system, complete with dual Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetors boasting electric choke operation, adds an exhilarating dimension to the engine’s character. With a 9.0:1 compression ratio and a rebuilt A727 3-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission, this car is not just a showpiece; it’s a force to be reckoned with on the road.

Beyond the power and performance enhancements, the 1964 Chrysler 300K Convertible captivates with its refined aesthetics and luxurious interior. This vehicle exudes sophistication when dressed in a regal Metallic Royal Ruby exterior, adorned with correct White pinstriping, and featuring a power-operated Bright White vinyl convertible top complemented by a White boot cover.

1964 Chrysler 300K Convertible. (Mecum).

The interior indulges in a lavish White leather theme, housing power bucket seats and a console-mounted tachometer. The refurbishment included a clear acrylic steering wheel on a tilt column, creating an inviting space for drivers and passengers alike. With factory air conditioning refreshed with R134A refrigerant, refurbished Chrysler AM/FM radio with modern internals and USB connectivity, power windows, courtesy lamps, and more, the cabin offers modern convenience while preserving the era’s charm.

As the 1964 Chrysler 300K Convertible prepares to grace the stage at the Mecum Monterey 2023 auction on Saturday, August 19th, it represents a fusion of eras—an homage to a rich heritage while embracing the innovations of today. With its rare and limited production, masterful restoration, and performance-oriented upgrades, this “gentleman’s (or gentlewoman’s) Hot Rod” not only pays tribute to the Chrysler 300 legacy but also creates a unique and captivating narrative of its own.

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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The 1963, and 64 Chryslers are a very major part of my early days as Gearhead. I was just 9 years old in 64, and my family was a Mopar fan club. I was born in Detroit, and my mom's side of the family all worked for the Chrysler Corporation in the Highland Park headquarters location. My grandfather joined Chrysler in the early 1930s. When he retired in 1958, the entire family moved to the San Fernando Valley, California. My grandfather bought a new Plymouth Belvedere, which was the top of the line Plymouth. I remember it very well. It was a dark metallic gold with a white top. My dad traded his 55 Desoto for a 58 Dodge Custom Sierra wagon, it was red and white with black and white interior. A huge car! In 1961, one of my uncles had a 61 Chrysler Newport, complete with canted headlights and huge towering fins in back. It was white with blue vinyl interior. Another uncle had a 62 300, it was a carmal colored inside and our. Both of these cars had Chrysler's famous Astrodome instrument cluster which included the beautiful Panelesent lighting. It glowed a beautiful bluish green color that I was mesmerized by. Then, in 1963 we had 2 300s, both white with blue vinyl interiors. One was a 2 door hardtop, the other a 4 door hardtop, it was our first car that had factory air conditioning. That was a big deal, kinda like the first time we wore shoes, living in Southern California A/C is a requirement. Both powered by 383 cid with 2 barrel carburetors In 64, another 300 showed up, it was light blue with blue vinyl interior. It too was a 383. There were very few styling updates to the 64 but they made a huge difference in the appearance, especially the newly shaped taillights that really set it off. I loved the sculptured styling that was like no other car at the time. The 63s and 4, are best described as being elegant. Those cars were replaced with Chrysler's fuelsage styling introduced in 1969. My dad's was a 4 door hardtop 300, and my uncle's was a 72 New Yorker. We also had a 66 Imperial Crown, 4 door hardtop that I loved. As you can see, we were a total Chrysler family. It was interesting to hear them all starting at the same time. I think everyone knows the sound of the 60s Chrysler starters, known as the Highland Park Hummingbirds. I have a certain attraction to all the model years styling, but the 63 and 4s are my favorites. The one featured here is just gorgeous, I'm sure whoever takes this one home will love it forever, just like I do. For obvious reasons you can see I have a special appreciation for the Chrysler Corporation, and always will. That said, today I drive nothing but Fords, Mercurys and Lincolns. I will always buy American cars, they are in my blood.

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