Re: Welcome new member - 1962 Chrysler 300 Sport and Newport convertible
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Re: Welcome new member - 1962 Chrysler 300 Sport and Newport convertible



Yup there is a 300 Sport.  The 300 non letter car was called the Sport.  All the look and feel of the 300 H with out the guts and cost.  It had bench bucket seat (a front seat with an arm rest that folds up to make is a bench seat, and bench in the rear.  It could be ordered like any of the other cars.  You can get it as loaded or as base as you wanted.  But you could not get the 300H interior (seats and console) but you could get the 150 mph speedometer. 

To quote one of my favorite books, Chrysler and Imperial: The Postwar Years...
"The model lineup now took advantage of the Chrysler 300's proud reputation.  A standard production line of cars bearing the 300 designation was minted, replacing the mid-range Windsor, which in 1961 had replaced the Saratoga.  Included in the 300 line were the letter series 300H convertible and hardtop, with a more potent engine-adding some confusion between them and the mass production 300's, which were often nothing more than glorified Windsors with bucket sears.  This formula was, however, effective: Chrysler would sell more than 25,000 300's - the highest count for a mid-range model since Saratoga's 37,000 back in 1957.  

The power lineup was mainly unchanged from 1961.  Newport ran a 361-cubic inch V-8 of 265 hp, the 300 nee Windsor a 383-cubic incher producing 305 hp.  Standard on the New Yorker, and optional on 300, was a 413-cubic inch unit producing 340 ho, while the 300H came with a 380 hp engine that was also available on the non-letter series 300.  The latter lost its ram tubes but actually gained five brake horsepower and, like the 300G before it, retained heavy-duty valve springs, special intake manifold and mechanical tappets, dual four-barrel carburetors and low restriction air cleaners.  Speed Mechanics listed 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds for the 300H, holding TorqueFlite in D-2 position.  The magazine also reported the the car could achieve 100 mph in less than sixteen seconds.  The test car returned 8.5 miles per gallon in city driving and only 13-14 mph on the highway.  

The 300H continued to offer four, tan leather bucket seats separated by a center console, a speedometer calibrated to 150 mph, a tachometer and Blue Streak racing tires as standard.  Esteior colors were limited to black, festival-red, oyster-white or caramel.  Power windows, seats, brakes and steering were fitted to all 300H cars.  

To be entirely fair, the non-letter 300 for the 1962 wasn't necessarily fangless.  One could custom order most of the 300H's performance options, including the largest engine, heavy-duty suspension and - with the 380 power plant - manual transmission.  The sporting image was not distorted by offering a 300 station wagon - though no such model had traditionally been part of the mid-range Chrysler - or a pillared sedan, which had been part of the Windsor range in 1961.  Another model deletion for the New Yorker ranks, was the two-door hardtop.  "The New Yorker market was definitely four-door," said a sales executive.  Down the line, Newport remained based-priced at less than $3,000, and as in 1961 it offered a Highlander upholstery option in the four-door sedan and hardtop models, with MacDuff tartan interior keyed to five different exterior colors."

OK I've done my typing for the day.  

Eric


On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 3:33 PM, Cory Rempel <Cory_383@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

The 62 Chrysler body is super cool looking.  A buddy of mine has a 62 New Yorker 2 dr hard top.  Got a question though.  Are you sure it's a 300 Sport?  I've never heard the Chrysler and sport n the same sentence/title. 




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Subject: Welcome new member - 1962 Chrysler 300 Sport and Newport convertible
 
Welcome new member Dave.

Below is his introductory message.

Gary H.
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The 62 Chrysler and 63-65 Plymouth B bodies have always been my favorites. I am currently restoring a 62 300 Sport 2dr. hardtop and a 62 Newport convertible. I am updating the convertible with a 440 Magnum and four speed.

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