The Non-Letter Chrysler 300 Series was produced by Chrysler from 1962 through 1971. The Chrysler 300 Sport Series was positioned below the letter series and served as a replacement to the Windsor. The exterior appearance was identical to the Letter Car, except for minor differences including the tires, hubcaps, and an absence of 'H' on the rear deck. The 300 Sport Series also added a 4-door hardtop which had never been offered on the Letter Series. Powering the 300 Series was an overhead valve V8 engine displacing 383 cubic-inches and offering 305 horsepower.
The 300 Sport Series was available as a 4-door sedan, 2-door hardtop coupe, 4-door hardtop sedan, and a convertible.
A Pace Setter Series was introduced in 1963 in commemoration to the 300 Series which had been as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500 mile race. These special edition Pace Setter editions had special interiors and a checkered flag placed underneath the front fender 300 emblem. Instead of having a round steering wheel, they were given a square-shaped steering wheel.
In 1964, Chrysler dropped the word 'Sport' for the 300 designation. Also new this year was a special 300 which added a silver exterior finish and black vinyl roof with black leather or vinyl interior.
For 1965, the Chrysler 300 Series received mild updates to its trim alterations, and to its front and rear design treatment. The headlamps were now located within the grille and were given a unique glass shield. To help distinguish these cars from the 300 Letter Series, they were given different lower body trim. The 383 CID V8 was now rated at 315 horsepower.
Chrysler discontinued the Chrysler 300 Letter Series in 1966.
For 1966, the glass covered headlamps and the cross-bar grille were replaced with more modern design. Horsepower in the 383 CID V8 rose to 325 horsepower. An optional V8 engine was available for those enthusiasts seeking even more power.
For 1967, the Chrysler 300 received extensive styling revisions to the front and the rear. The 4-door sedan was no longer available. Another change occurred in the engine bay, where a 440 CID V8 now came standard and was the sole engine available. This overhead valve V8 engine was fitted with a Holley four-barrel carburetor and delivered 350 horsepower.
In 1968, the 300 was given concealed headlamps which would continue with the car until 1971.
In 1969, the 300 received 'fuselage style' and the 300 nameplates were now spelled out as Three-Hundred in chrome block letters. Standard equipment included a TorqueFlite automatic, heavy-duty batter, power-operated concealed headlamps, and triple body accent stripes.
For 1970, a Hurst 300 edition was available in Spinnaker White with Satin Tan trim and leather interior. Power was from a 440 CID V8 rated at 375 horsepower.
For 1971, the final year of the 300 Series, the convertible body style was no longer available.By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2015