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.
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.
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.
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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