When it burst on the scene in 1955, the Chrysler 300C redefined American power. Chrysler produced a new, limited “letter series” 300 every year until the 300L in 1965 – the year that Chrysler halted production of the venerable beast. However, just four years later, the 300 returned in an unusual way.
The 1970 Chrysler 300 “Hurst Edition” (unofficially known as the Chrysler 300 H) was a collaboration between Chrysler and Hurst Performance. Measuring at a whopping 18-feet long, the 300 Hurst is one of the largest coupes ever made. But don’t let its size fool you – in true Chrysler 300 fashion, it cranked out 375 horsepower thanks to its big-block 440 V-8 engine.
The 300 Hurst was assembled at Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue plant in Detroit. In Warminister, PA, Hurst outfitted the car with a “Satin Tan” painted fiberglass hood and trunk lid with a spoiler. Orange and brown decal stripes adorned the fiberglass edges and “300 H” emblems were painted on the sides of the power bulge on the hood scoop.
Neither Chrysler nor Hurst ever promoted the vehicle and the production run of less than 500 were scattered around Chrysler dealerships. Today, the debate rages on about the exact number of vehicles produced and whether the “Hurst Edition” is a rightful heir to its 300 letter-series predecessors. What is certain, though, is that a huge body, ferocious engine, and limited production make it a certified classic.