1962 Chrysler 300 413 from North America

Summary:

Great visual appeal, quick and smooth for an older car

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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.

1962 Chrysler 300 383 V8 from North America

Summary:

Built like a tank

Faults:

Had to have rear brake shoes and drums replaced.

Had to have left rear leaf spring replaced.

General Comments:

This car was built like a tank, it weighed in at 5200 lbs.

The Front bumper alone was massive and heavy.

This was a great road car, steady and sure and handled good in the snow.

The good old 383 V8 2bbl was strong and very reliable and surprisingly good on gas for a car so big and heavy.

The interior was well made and the seats were of the softest leather. Also the roof was lines on the inside with beautifull wicker. The rear view mirror was on the dashboard not the window or roof.

It had a push button auto trans with buttons on the left side of the dashboard that lit up at night.

One of the most unique features of this car was it dashboard, the speedometer and all gauges were enclosed in a dome and when lit at night was amazing.

It also had duct vents on the dashboard you could direct anywhere to keep the windows clean.

It even had a rear window defroster that really worked.

I wish they still made cars like this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th August, 2004