- May 13, 2014
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- Frankfurt, Germany
I saw this nice Teal colored (albeit repainted) 1970 Chrysler Newport convertible in Sweden.
Yes!@Snotty -- are you referring to this thread?
@JDX was kind enough to look for and post the tag of an FF4 green 300 ‘vert with green buckets and console that he’s parting. The build date is April 8,1970.
@marko posted the tag and build sheet of a U-code 300 convertible he has known for a long time but just acquired. This DR8 burgundy / tan buckets & console / white top 'vert is nicely equipped with disc brakes, manual A/C, etc. It was built on December 18, 1969.
thanks for figuring out the build date, it seemed to me that date on my tag was in a different format ie than other tags i was seeing, wasnt sure if that was a canadian market thing.
i saw C18 on the 2nd from the bottom row and wasnt sure if that was the build date, and
then i see on the bottom row it has 181412......
how does that decipher ?
i was looking at my car's warranty card and noticed it was delivered to the buyer on dec. 30 1969.
it has a build date on the tag of dec 18 so does that seems like a pretty quick time between build at jefferson and 2500 mile delivery and delivery prep to customer in vancouver bc or am i wrong about that ?
thats assuming it was built on the scheduled date and not earlier.
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As @ayilar asked I will post the information I have on 2 70 C body convertibles:
The Hahn and Sons Dodge dealership in Lehighton PA went to a dealer action in Hatfield NJ in late 1970/early 1971 and picked up 5 polara convertibles. 3 F8 green, one blue and one FT3 tan that were from a car rental company at the international airport (now Ronald Reagan) in Washington DC. I have heard some different origin stories about these, but some of them range from they were used as parade cars or kept at the airport as courtesy cars for the government. The dealership sold most of them off but the owner kept 1, an F8 one. My dad worked at the dealership at the time and lusted after this thing and eventually got the owner to sell him the car. However, being that my dad was in college at the time his father (my grandfather) would not cosign the loan. So my dad ended up having the owner of the dealership cosign the loan for him. He would keep this car off campus at a local professor's garage while he was at PSU. He has since passed but our family still has the vehicle today.
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There are plenty of stories I heard while growing up about the adventures of this vehicle. From a new kid at the shop dropping the garage door on the hood of the car, to a kid scratching his name into the fender with a screw driver, driving it down to Texas with the cruise control maxed out at 95 (and was still being passed), to my mother backing it off an embankment by a barn. Since he bought the vehicle he has been adding factory options while he was working at the dealership and from cars he picked apart in junk yards. He ended up adding a 3.23 posi, the split front bench seat with a power drivers side, a tilt steering column with a rim blow steering wheel, the three dashboard speakers, an am 8 track radio, 15" road wheels, cruise control, a 440 4 barrel, and the super-lite. I was told he had all the parts to install the super-lite, I just need to find them.
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The other car I know the wear abouts of is "Ryan's Car". From the story above Ryan's car was the FT3 tan one. His was initially sold but was traded back in around 75/76. About this time a secretary from the Chrysler Zone office wanted to buy a green one like the one my dad had. He didnt sell it. So they painted the FT3 tan one green (which had a white top, green interior and tan exterior). She had it until 80/81 and was traded back in at Hahns. The dealership kept it and used it as a parade/weekend car until Ryan bought it at Hershey in October of 93.
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Since Ryan has had his, he installed the 15" road wheels, cruise control, a tilt-teloscopic column with the rim blow steering wheel.
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I am sure my dad told me what happened to the other Polara's, but I just cant remember. Ryan still has the red/white sticker that was under the dash that we are presuming was from the rental company
If you look at the VIN's these two are only 1 apart while going down the assembly line.
Looks like your car and mine were first cousins. Mine was also a 383 2bbl painted in Platinum. Mine originally had a black top.Thank you for fixing the picture and for the decoding. My eventual thoughts was to paint it the light blue color, kinda looks like silver maybe. I may have to reconsider now.
Not really. To some it hurts the value, it would to me.I need to get a new top, was planing on black, may have to reconsider that now as well. Other than being a purist is there any advantage to keeping as close to origianal?
In the end we probably put more into these cars then we will get back, cash wise, so I guess why not make it what you want.