2nd Dec 2008, 22:20
If a late 60's C-body wagon can run mid to low 11s, a car that weighs nearly a ton less can do it in 10. 4.56 gears will severely hurt it's over all time unless you're running an 1/8 mile track. If you knew what you were ordering back in 1974 you could order a 360 4 speed Duster that would run in the 10s from the factory!
9th Mar 2009, 06:52
There were only 3,811 79 300's made in 79. My wife and I own two. She has a restored sun roof car with cruise, tilt, A/C, P/W, trunk release, CB. Mine is a "plain Jane" version. Besides a stroker kit (408") and some other engine mods, it has a stock drive train and with a 4.10 gear, runs low 12.20's @ 110mph. I enjoy doing Pustangs for breakfast!
11th Apr 2009, 10:25
I am the one-and-only owner of a '79 300 and it is a wonderful car that has never given me any grief. I purchased it in late 1980 from Chrysler with only one hundred miles on the odometer.
11th Apr 2009, 21:34
Pertaining too July 22 comment, you are correct the engine was owned by a machinist, who also raced.
The converter was over a 4500 stall, gears probably around 4.38- 4.58 Nos probable but could not see. Single 4 barrel lighter and much more efficient then 6 pack.
Track was about 1 hour out of Saint Louie, Summer of 2006 where the car ran 10.1.
I had owned a worked 71 Roadrunner 440 six pack, 4 speed, Dana 4:10 rear, tons of fun but at the track the holly 850 double pumper was much faster (also lighter) and consistent.
Never used aluminum heads as I did not use nos, and as they actually displace the heat better they also lower the compression of the engine. Mine was bored 30 over and had domed pistons think about 12:1 compression.
Used an adjustable pinion snobber, adjustable drag shocks so I could use lighter smaller tires.
Also owned 1 of the 367 1974 space Dusters built with a HP 360 4 barrel, 4 speed, Dana rear. In the quarter had better luck with this then the Roadrunner. Best car overall I ever owned. Think off the line the Roadrunner hooked up better, but mid range the Duster was quicker. Top end the Roadrunner kept going, but boy that engine was reeving.
The Duster only lost once to a worked 1971 351 Boss Mustang, I broke out of my time bracket so he won by default.
With the 1979 300 the inside medal cores in the bumbers probably weigh about 40 pounds each. Just put the original aluminum wheels back on, they are often switched off over the years, but are much lighter than the steel 15 - 7 wheels.
30th May 2009, 14:52
My uncle passed away last summer and I purchased his 1979 Chrysler 300...in very excellent condition... he had purchased it brand new in 1979.. still have original receipt... 100,000 original km... white leather interior.. anybody know the value of my little gem..
1st Jun 2009, 15:56
I would go to e-bay and just do a comparison of similar cars and what they are going for. That will give you a better idea of fair market value, which commonly differs significantly from what a car collector magazine rates the value as. On e-bay you'll see what people are really paying.
8th Jul 2009, 22:29
The 300 with the white interior is likely a Canadian Only model for sale in Canada. The Canadian version came with more options and was considered an option package to the Cordoba instead of a model of its own like the US version. I know of a car like that in my area, white interior and no heavy duty driveline... know the car from new and it always carried the 300 badging...
11th Jul 2009, 07:57
Thanks for backing me up on the white interior leather.. It is Canadian... it was specially ordered like that... and it has all the 300 logos..
21st Aug 2009, 19:51
Anybody have any idea what top value price would be on a 79-300 with only 600 miles on it?
22nd Aug 2009, 20:09
79 300 with only 600 miles. A car like this in perfect shape could be worth as much as $30.000.00...Or it could go for less than $20.000.00. I would not accept less than twenty if I owned it...
4th Sep 2009, 23:58
Like I said, I know this car from new and it has always had a white interior... It was a 300 decor package... A84 designation and it is the real thing... If you want to prove me wrong, come out and I will show you this car in its final resting place...
5th Sep 2009, 19:44
There is an old book written by Dale Burkhardt and John Veatch called the 1979 Chrysler 300 Handbook. It verifies the existence of 79 300s with white interiors and also seven 300s painted red, all Canadian cars.
The 300 I speak of had wheelcovers with 300 crests instead aluminum rally wheels, a 360 two barrel engine, and yes, THE WHITE INTERIOR. This was said to be a white and red interior because the carpets were still red, and possibly even the console. If you can find a copy of the book check pages 13-14.
As a final addenda, this white interior car was owned by an elderly farmer in the area, and I promise you he had no desire to create a phony car, all he wanted was a nice car to go to church with...
24th Oct 2009, 00:02
I have 2 1979 Chrysler 300s. One has factory sunroof, power windows, door locks, tilt wheel and positraction. Does anyone have info on how many were built with the sunroof? Thanks Todd.
10th Jan 2010, 06:47
I would like to see photos of the "300" with the white interior!!!
I am a former owner of a 1979 "300", I wish I still had it!!
Kindly contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
11th Jan 2010, 18:26
If you notice, I always refer to this car with the white interior in the past tense. The last I saw it, the car was sitting in a local wrecking yard minus much of the parts and pieces it once had. When Spring comes, I could try to get some pics if the hulk still exists... The seats and door panels were still in place the last time I looked..
3rd Sep 2014, 10:34
I agree with you. My 300 with a little de-smogging ran like a beast for its size and weight. It's sitting in garage waiting for restoration. I have had it since 1979. It was a Chrysler exec car, fully loaded with everything but CB radio. It has factory t-tops, and has about 75000 original miles.
25th Jun 2015, 08:07
I've owned 3 79 300's. While the Lean Burn System was instantly discarded, the old Mopar Performance electronic ignition package really brought the stock engine to life! The good news is that modifying the drive trains is unlimited. You can go as fast as your wallet allows. The bad news is that body and interior parts are hard to come by. I like the car for what it was, Chrysler's last B-body, grasping at their heritage. It handles surprising well, brakes are right on par when upgrading to semi-metallic pads and shoes. This was essentially a cop car wrapped in a luxury package. Something old Ma Mopar did before Chevy and Ford.
3rd Aug 2016, 13:05
I currently own a '79 300. I love it. It just turned 98,000 miles and it's all original. Considered selling it, but only for the right price.
It's never failed me, very reliable. All I've done to it is new tires, exhaust and a starter.
It's in good shape, never wrecked. Great car. I drive it everywhere. I even drove it to Canada where it was built; the border agents got a kick out of it.
22nd Jul 2008, 13:21
I'm sorry but no one ever ran tens in a stock 360 in a chrysler 300. It's not possible. It might have been stock looking in the engine bay, but probably built to the tilt inside the block. Even then, it's hard to believe. Maybe if it had 4.56 gears and A lot of nitrous.