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1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst

In this edition of Muscle Car Milestones, we’ll explore the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst. The Chrysler 300 letter series was the pinnacle of high-performance personal luxury from 1955 to 1965. These performance coupes and convertibles were the best of both worlds, providing drivers with plush creature comforts along with plenty of power under the hood. Five years after the last letter car, the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst continues the letter car’s tradition of luxury and performance. This time around with flair courtesy of Hurst Performance Research. Let’s see what makes the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst worth checking out.

The 1970 Chrysler 300 started life at Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue plant in Detroit, Michigan. The coupes were painted Spinnaker White and outfitted inside with Saddle leather. Then they made the trek to Hurst’s headquarters in Warminster, Pennsylvania to be converted into the 300 Hurst.

The 300 Hurst’s transformation added Sauterne Mist Gold highlights on the hood, deck lid, body side panels, front grille, and rear taillamps. Pin striping was used to separate the two colors and a full body stripe also ran the length of the car. The 300 Hurst also featured a custom hood with an attention-grabbing power bulge that fed fresh air into the cabin. Out back, a custom-designed deck lid with recessed air foil integrated with rear fender extensions showcases the 300 Hurst’s distinctiveness. Another attention to detail was eradicating the key lock, enhancing the deck lid’s clean lines. Adding to the 300 Hurst’s aggressive stance are white-letter Polyglas H-70 x 15-inch tires mounted on 15 x 6JJ steel wheels with tan accents.

Climb inside the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst and you’ll find quite a luxurious interior. Six-way power adjustable leather seats from the Chrysler Imperial LeBaron, a lighting package, power windows, and power steering are just a few amenities greeting drivers. A center console was optional, but noticeably absent was a namesake Hurst shifter.

Manufacturer’s suggest retail price for the 300 Hurst was $5,939 without options. Today, that equates to just over $43,680, which is about the base price of the 2022 Chrysler 300S V8. Aside from the Imperial, the Chrysler 300 Hurst was the most expensive Chrysler produced during the 1970 model year.

The sole engine available for the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst was the 440 TNT V8. It was rated at 375 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine featured a drop forged steel crankshaft, aluminum alloy pistons, and a 9.7:1 compression ratio. This powerplant was coupled to a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic and a 3.23 rear axle.

The 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst could run from 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds and could sprint the quarter mile in 15.9 seconds. Those times aren’t too shabby when you consider this land yacht was almost 19 feet long and weighed just over two tons.

Approximately 500 Chrysler 300 Hursts were produced. Why was production so limited? For starters, production of the Chrysler 300 Hurst didn’t start until late in the model year. Also, Hurst expected Chrysler to promote the car and Chrysler assumed Hurst would market the car.

The 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst gave buyers an upscale alternative to other Mopar muscle such as the Charger, Barracuda, and Challenger. It truly was the best of both worlds for the driving enthusiast demanding performance and luxury. Finding one today could prove to be a challenge due to its low production. Good luck finding one if the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst is on your list to add to your garage.

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