1962 Chrysler 300 413
Great visual appeal, quick and smooth for an older car
Since this is a collector car it is not a daily driver. I purchased the car on EBay. It has a nearly perfect exterior and original interior. Items not working are the horn, heater (heater core needs replacing), and fuel gauge. There are no seat belts as they were not required in 1962.
I drove the car 1,100 miles from South Carolina to Wisconsin at posted highway speeds. MPG was 14.7 with a low of 12.8 and high of 16. It has the pushbutton automatic and a 413 V-8 with a 4 barrel carburetor. It has an AM radio with a FM converter which pulls in stations very well. The ride is a bit like a pickup truck with road noise and differential gear noise evident compared to modern vehicles. It is a real head turner though with a beautiful black exterior and red interior. It is a 2 door hardtop.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th November, 2005
25th Nov 2005, 10:55
The '62 was the first year without the tail fins. If you compare a '61 with a '62 it looks like they literally shaved them off! The '62 still had that cool instrument panel though, which was gone by '63.
That gas mileage is pretty bad, but guess it's not important if you are not going to be using it for daily transportation.
18th Feb 2018, 23:22
For what it’s worth, I much prefer the finless 300s. These are great-looking cars.