TNT Thrust: 1969 Chrysler 300 Convertible – SOLD!
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August 25, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Chrysler created the high-performance personal luxury car category when it launched the 300 for the 1955 model year. Chrysler continued producing “letter series” 300s through 1966, after which the car became simply known as the 300. By the end of the 1960s, Fuselage-styled 300s were seen as a powerful and luxurious alternative to all of the muscle cars available at that time.
This restored 1969 Chrylser 300 convertible, originally listed in August 2022 on Craigslist in Dallas, Texas, is not only a highly optioned example, but the seller reports one caretaker owned this example for fifty years. In addition to featuring the optional 375 horsepower TNT 440 cubic inch V8, this 300 features factory air conditioning and a floor-mounted eight-track player.
Currently offered for $27,995, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is right in line with the five-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for third-generation, non-letter series Chrysler 300s produced between 1969 and 1971. By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the truck featured here:
As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $17,820 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $29,040 after factoring in a ten percent premium for the optional 375 horsepower engine.
Chrysler produced its sporty full-size 300 Sport Series from 1962 through 1971 as a continuation of the earlier “Letter Series” cars produced before then. At the time, it was considered a luxurious “muscle car”, with all the performance of the Dodge and Plymouth products of the time, but with the luxury features expected of the Chrysler name.
The 300 was positioned as a more affordable version of the exclusive 300 “letter series”, and a sporty variant of a full-size automobile, adding a 4-door hardtop version and running alongside that model until its discontinuation in 1966. It became the sole 300 model until 1971 when production ended. 1969 was the first year for “fuselage styling”, there were two engine options; 440 and 440 TNT, the latter of which is equipped in our feature car.
Chrysler produced its venerable 440 cubic inch (7.2 L) V8 from 1965 until 1978, making it the last version of the Chrysler RB block. It relied on light wall construction, precision cast-iron block topped with iron heads. From 1967 to 1971, the high-performance “TNT” version provided 375 brake horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 480 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm with a single 4-barrel carburetor.
The Osborn Tramain YouTube Channel features this 1969 Chrysler 300 TV commercial:
With only 1,933 originally produced, chances are very good you will not come across another 1969 Chrysler 300 convertible at your local Cars and Coffee. If you do, it likely will not be as nicely optioned as this example, especially considering that it features factory air conditioning.
Here’s the seller’s description:
limited production/ 1 of 1933 built
one owner for over 50 years
440 cid engine – 375 hp
heavy duty automatic transmission
maximum engine cooling
power disc brakes
power driver’s seat
bucket seats with console and tach
under dash 8 track with lots of tapes
auto temp air conditioning
fender-mounted turn signals
power convertible top
spare tire with tools
original build sheet
lots of assorted extra parts
repainted original color – briar metallic
excellent paint over a straight body
panel fit is excellent
good glass and chrome
new top like original
great looking ride
door panels in mint shape
driver’s seat has a little tear – comes with replacement cover
other seats are spotless and excellent
carpets are in good shape
very clean inside
air conditioning works
power windows work – need to raise passenger door window from side
new radial tires
well sorted out and a pleasure to drive
a special car for a special person for pennies on the dollar“
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