The 1965-1966 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop and Convertible were the sportiest of the first Chryslers styled by Elwood Engel. Engel replaced Virgil Exner as Highland Park design chief in 1962, and repeated many of the design hallmarks he'd used at Ford -- mainly squarish contours and chrome-edged fenderlines.

1966 Chrysler 300 hardtop coupe.
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1966 Chrysler 300 hardtop coupe.

The non-letter 300 was the mid-range series as before, offering a hardtop sedan and a (likely export-only) pillared four-door, in addition to the customary convertible and hardtop coupe. Like other Chryslers, they were longer and heavier than in 1963-64, but reverted from 413 V-8s to the smaller, corporate-mainstay 383.

When the letter-series departed after '65, these two-door 300s became the sportiest of all Chryslers, acquiring standard front bucket seats (previously optional) and a somewhat busy, minor facelift.

Pluses
of the 1965-1966 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:

  • Period Chrysler virtues, plus nicer styling, especially '65
  • Convertibles very rare
  • Excellent club support
  • Still somewhat undervalued

Minuses of the 1965-1966 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:

  • Likely long-term return on investment
  • More Chryslers not widely saved, so trim and body panels just as difficult

Production of the 1965 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:
2d htp, 11,621; conv, 1418

Production of the 1966 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:
2d htp, 24,103; conv, 2500

Specifications of
the 1965-1966 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:
Length, inches: 218.2/222.0 (1965/66)
Wheelbase, inches: 124.0
Weight, pounds: 3,940-
4,085
Price, new: $3,551-$3,936 (U.S.)


Engines
for the 1965-1966 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8383 cid
315/325/360
1965-1966

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