1965 Chrysler 300 Convertible

  • The car was built in September, 1964 and used as an Executive Car in the Los Angeles area then sold from Canoga Chrysler Plymouth in Canoga Park, CA in December, 1965. Options include: Factory A/C, Power Windows, Power Vent Wings, Power Seats, Fully Reclining Passenger's Seat, Bucket Seats with Console and Console Mounted Vacuum Gauge, and AM/FM Radio with Rear Speaker Fade. Based on figures I've found online, this car cost around $5,400 when new in '65. That was quite a bit of money for a car back then. I found the car in 2005 in Las Vegas. The car had just changed hands from the original owners in Vegas where the car had sat parked with the top down since 1980. The Vegas sun did a number on the interior but the dry climate preserved all the sheet metal so there was ZERO rust. I purchased it for $2,000 and drove it as I bought it for about a year to local cruise nights. I tore it down to a rolling shell in 2006 and began a very detailed four year restoration. I learned a lot about these cars durning the course of the restoration and really left no stone unturned. It is basically a brand new car and it drives like one. Since the restoration it has won many local awards, most notably, the 300 and 300 Letter Car Class at the 2011 Mopar Spring Fling in Van Nuys, CA. I was also lucky enough to have an 8 page spread of the car in the Winter, 2011 Issue of Motor Trend Classic.
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  1. Bobs rods
    Wow thats an accomplishment. Beautiful car. Fantastic job . well ty vm . i most likely will need alot of advice. I know nothing about convertibles. Always had hard tops. But this car i want as my daily driver. If u could gv me advice id appreciate it alot. First question is do any hard top 65/66 cars side bk quarter windows match up. N also the doors will 65 300 hardtop interchange? Tyvm
    1. rexus31
      Thanks, Bob. The quarter glass is specific to the convertibles but I think all the Chrysler/Plymouth convertible glass is the same '65-'68 but I could be mistaken. The doors should all be the same as well but the rake on the vent wings may be convertible specific.
      rexus31, Feb 12, 2019
    2. Bobs rods
      Ok ty do u hav any quarter glass extra? Or know a site sells it new??
      Bobs rods, Feb 12, 2019
    3. rexus31
      I do not have any extra. You can try Murray Park or National Moparts.
      rexus31, Feb 12, 2019
  2. Zymurgy
    Details, details, details this is the car we should all strive to achieve.
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  3. e-440
    very nice
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  4. mr. fix it
    This is one of the most beautiful representations of a 300 I have ever seen.
    Thanks for sharing the photos :)
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  5. NewYorkerowner
    Amazing car. Did you have experience at this kind of work?
    1. rexus31
      Thanks! No, this was my first full blown restoration. I'm just a hobbyist and do not do this type of work for a living.
      rexus31, Jul 20, 2016
  6. NewYorkerowner
    I meant, all the restoration yourself? The upholstery, all the body work, the engine, etc.? Really an amazing transformation.
    1. rexus31
      I did all the disassembly and reassembly. I left the Short block, trans rebuild, rear diff rebuild, paint and body, seat covers and convertible top to the pros. I did everything else.
      rexus31, Jul 20, 2016
  7. NewYorkerowner
    Amazing! What is the name of the red color? Is it Spanish Red? Did you do the restoration yourself?
    1. rexus31
      Thanks. Yes, Spanish Red, Color Code TT-1.
      rexus31, Jul 20, 2016
  8. rags
    just stunning. SG
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  9. shooter65
    That's very nice. Very impressive restoration. Having the before and after pictures show the dramatic difference.
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  10. Mopars & Missiles
    That is an incredible 300 you have and a great story. Really nice job on the restoration.
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