Despite the bold ‘300’ in the title, this was no return of the fabled Chrysler 300 letter series of luxury cars that had been produced from 1958 to 1965 (or to put it another way, from A to L), though some consider the Chrysler 300 Hurst to be an honorary member of the elite 300 club. What is indisputable is that Chrysler press releases at the time did boldly refer to the `Chrysler 300H’.
If anything, the Hurst was even more exclusive than its sought-after predecessors, for this co-operative venture between Chrysler and famed customizer Hurst Performance appeared five years after the original series ended and was offered for just one year. Around 500 cars were produced, mostly hardtops with a couple of special convertibles thrown in for promotional purposes.
The two-door Hurst was a high-performance version of the large Chrysler 300, a car with a seemingly endless boot lid. The Hurst was identifiable by the fact that it was painted in Spinnaker White and Satin Tan (very close to gold). It also sported a scooped bonnet with fake power bulge and boot lid with moulded spoiler, both in fibreglass. There was no choice of engine — it was the 7.2 litre TNT V8 or nothing. This beast breathed through a dual-snorkel air cleaner and had booming twin exhausts, requiring beefed-up Torque-Flite transmission to put the power down and stiffened suspension to cope. All the Hursts had saddle-coloured leather interiors borrowed from the Chrysler Imperial, and featured bucket seats and a pull-down armrest.
Unfortunately, a communications failure between Chrysler and Hurst left each party thinking that the other would be handling promotion, so hardly anybody knew this muscular flyer was available. The 2,000-unit production target was not reached and the Chrysler 300 Hurst was not invited back for ’71.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
7.2 l (440 cid) V8
Top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h);0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.1 secs
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
It isn’t easy to cut the mustard in a Chrysler 300 Hurst nowadays — of the original production run it is thought that around 250 of these huge muscle cars survive, the vast majority still in North America.