The 1969-1971 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop and Convertible were the final 300s with a direct line to the 1955 original. Few could see their coming demise in 1969, when Chrysler shifted to rounded "fuselage styling" that was marked by bulged bodysides, diminished glass areas, and very obvious extra length (up 5.5 inches overall). Wheelbases were again unchanged, however, and curb weights were up, but fractionally despite the more massive appearance.

1969 Chrysler 300 convertible.
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1969 Chrysler 300 convertible.

The Chrysler Division thought one of its '69s would be "your next car," but sales were flat and would fall sharply through 1971. The 300s retained unique hidden-headlamp grilles that looked good within the big "loop" bumpers of these years. But though nameplates now read "Three Hundred," there was also writing on the wall.

The series was terminated after '71 due to continued buyer preference for the cheaper but only slightly less spartan Newports. (The start of new corporate difficulties didn't help.) The 300 convertible didn't last that long, and was canceled along with its Newport Custom sister after 1970.

Pluses
of the 1969-1971 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:

  • Smooth, effortless road cars
  • Spacious interiors
  • Huge trunks
  • Becoming more collectible, especially the convertible

Minuses of the 1969-1971 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:

  • Debateable styling
  • Assembly quality takes a big turn for the worse
  • Didn't take turns like earlier 300s
  • Collector interest still not high

Production of the 1969 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:
2d htp, 16,075; conv, 1,933

Production of the 1970 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:
2d htp, 9,583; conv, 1,077

Production of the 1971 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:
2d htp, 7,256

Specifications
of the 1969-1971 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:
Length, inches: 224.7
Wheelbase, inches: 124.0
Weight, pounds: 3,965-4,246
Price, new: $4,105-$4,610 (U.S.)


Engines
for the 1969-1971 Chrysler 300 2D Hardtop & Convertible:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8440 cid
350/375
1969-1970
ohv V-8440 cid335/3701971

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