AJ’s Car of the Day: 1962 Chrysler 300H Convertible

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1962 Chrysler 300H Convertible

Car: Chrysler 300H Convertible

Year: 1962

What makes it special: The “Letter Series” Chrysler 300’s were the high-performance personal luxury cars of the 1955 to 1965 model years. Each model year was given the next letter of the alphabet with the exception of the letter “I.” The final letter was the “L” model of 1965. They are considered ancestors of the muscle car even though they are of larger size and more expensively priced.

What made it famous: The famed rear fins of previous models were gone for the 1962 Chrysler 300H. There now was an addition to the line-up, the 300 Sport Series that included a 4-door Hardtop and a 2-Door Hardtop Convertible. The only thing that was different in designation between the two was the “H” badge on the driver’s side trunk lid. The 300H had a cross-ram engine option, and the inline dual 4-barrel carb set-up was the base engine. The 300H was a faster and lighter car than the prior “G” model, but somehow was the slowest-selling of the series. Only 425 coupes and 135 convertibles were sold to buyers. Non letter series 300’s were fitted with a 383 cu in B engine.

Why I would want one: Even though the fins were gone, it’s more sporty and I love the slanted headlight look of the 1962.

Fun fact: Chrysler returned to the letter series with the 300M from 1999 to 2004.
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