1970 CHRYSLER 300H HURST CONVERTIBLE-ONE OF ONE-ORIGINAL-440 TNT-LINDA VAUGHN
Price: US $150,000.00
Item location: Sevierville, Tennessee, United States
- Make: Chrysler
- Model: 300 Series
- SubModel: HURST CONVERTIBLE-1OF1
- Trim: Convertible
- Engine size:
440 Cu. In. TNT
- Drive type:
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1970 Chrysler 300 Series HURST CONVERTIBLE-1OF1
This Ebay offering is for a very special car especially for the Mopar enthusiasts. This is the one of one 1970 Chrysler 300H Hurst convertible affectionately known as the “Parade Float” that appeared at race tracks and made appearances across the country. The promotional vehicle featured a towering Hurst shifter and a platform for iconic Miss Hurst Linda Vaughn to stand on. After the Chrysler was removed from service it was purchased by an elderly man in Jacksonville Florida. It was then purchased in 1976 from the Florida man’s estate by avid Chrysler collector Steve McCloud in Tennessee. This is the same Steve McCloud that owned 1955 Chrysler C300 VIN number 3N551001 the first Chrysler 300 scheduled for production and several other rare Chryslers. Mr. McCloud and the convertible were nationally known in Chrysler circles race tracks parades magazines and in the Chrysler 300 club. Several articles were written on Mr. McCloud and the car. He displayed the car and even made a few nostalgia appearances with Miss Vaughn including a reunion at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1993 as photos will show. The car was then put in storage. This Chrysler is still in the possession of the collector’s immediate family. First time available for sale. The location of this car has been a question for years. The question has now been answered. It is still owned by Steve McCloud’s immediate family. This is the first and only opportunity to purchase the one of one 1970 300 Hurst convertible. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR PERIOD HISTORICAL PHOTOS. THE TWO OLDER PHOTOS ARE AT RIVERSIDE 1970 AND BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY 1970. THE THIRD IS A REUNION APPEARANCE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN 1993. IN THE PHOTO OWNER STEVE MCCLOUD IS DRIVING THE CAR WITH LINDA VAUGHN ON THE BACK: http://s514.photobucket.com/user/redeuce/library/HURST%20TRACKS This is not a clone or a tribute. According the official Chrysler Registry “Production Option Code Books” two 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst convertibles with VIN number beginning with CM27U0C were SCHEDULED for production.CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VIEW THIS INFO DIRECTLY FROM PAGE 64 OF THE CHRYSLER CORPORATION PRODUCTION OPTION CODE BOOK 1969-1971:http://s514.photobucket.com/user/redeuce/media/WHITE%20BOOKS/WHITE%20BOOKS.jpg.htmlAll other Chrysler sources state that one Hurst convertible was MANUFACTURED. Anecdotes from the past have suggested a “second car.” A rumor had floated around for years that another 300 Hurst Convertible was built but totaled by a train in a joy ride by a Chrysler executive. There is no available documentation to support this theory therefore unproven. There was also one other “special built” Chrysler Convertible. However this car had a black interior was born a T code 350 HP engine and received a dealer transplanted Hemi engine so it was not a true 300 Hurst Convertible. In fact Mr. McCloud also owned this car for a short period of time. However he soon sold it as his collection featured only rare “factory built” Chryslers. Therefore the Chrysler offered in this ad is the lone 1970 Chrysler 300H Convertible built to participate in the promotional tours and is the only “Parade Float” that has ever been in existence. 91119 original miles on the odometer. Essentially is original stock configuration with the exception of maintenance and repair items. CLICK ON THESE LINKS FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH STEVE MCCLOUD CONCERNING THE HURST AND HOW HE FOUND AND PURCHASED IT FROM MUSCLECARS MAGAZINE MAY 1995. PAGE ONE: http://s514.photobucket.com/user/redeuce/media/HURST%20MAG%20INTERVIEW%201/1970H.jpg.html PAGE TWO: http://s514.photobucket.com/user/redeuce/media/HURST%20MAG%20INTERVIEW%202/1970K.jpg.html Please read the complete ad and view all photos. There is absolutely no doubt as to the identity of this car. The VIN number original fender tag ownership chain period historical articles and photos and public knowledge verify this. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR AN ARTICLE FROM MUSCLECAR CLASSICS MAGAZINE DECEMBER1989. MR. MCCLOUD MADE AN APPEARANCE WITH THE HURST AT THE 1989 MOPAR NATIONALS HELD AT NATIONAL TRAIL RACEWAY IN OHIO: http://s514.photobucket.com/user/redeuce/media/HURST%20MOPAR%20NATS%20MAG/1970S.jpg.html CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR A PHOTO OF LINDA VAUGHN AND ANOTHER HURSTETTE WITH THE CONVERTIBLE: http://s514.photobucket.com/user/redeuce/media/HURSTETTES/1970O.jpg.html During the golden era of muscle cars most of the models fit a certain criteria. Most were intermediates in size and some would even be considered compacts. However the most unique were the full size variety. The Impala Grand Prix Catalina Galaxie Torino Toronado Roadrunner Coronet and others broke the muscle car mold and provided big power with a big body to satisfy a buying public that desired speed but also space. Chrysler can be credited with pioneering this idea with the Chrysler 300. It is recognized by many as the first muscle car offering the first 300 HP engine as early as 1955. The Chrysler 300 letter series cars were high performance luxury cars that were manufactured between 1955 and 1965. Chrysler shocked the automotive public and also it’s competitors with the 300 horsepower C300 in 1955. This high powered monster featured heavy duty suspension free flow dual exhaust and the dual quad Hemi engine with a solid lifter cam that actually produced a lope at idle. NASCAR and AAA (USAC) are the venues that really launched this car into the spotlight. It began at Daytona. Brewster Shaw owner of San Juan Motors Chrysler dealership in Daytona and Warren Koechling driving for the Carl Kiekhaeffer team demolished all records in the multiple speed events of the Daytona Speed Week before the actual race. Shaw piloted his own Chrysler 300 VIN number 1001 and Koechling wheeled VIN number 1002. These were the first two Chrysler 300’s manufactured. In the Daytona NASCAR race Tim Flock and Lee Petty finished one and two in 300”s. Chrysler 300 teams won both the NASCAR championship and the AAA championship in 1955. Chrysler 300’s repeated this feat in 1956. For 10 years the Letter Series 300’s were the dominant high performance big vehicles. However with the changing times of the early '60s the full-size super car era came to an end. The 1965 300L was the final year of the traditional letter series. Luckily for Chrysler fans in 1969 Jim Wangers was working as an executive VP for Hurst Performance Research Inc. in Royal Oak Michigan He was thinking about those potential car buyers who would appreciate an automobile that reflected their desire for something upscale powerful and attention-arresting. After careful consideration Jim felt Chrysler would be receptive to reviving its full-size super car tradition. He was right and the foundation was laid for the Chrysler-Hurst joint venture which ultimately resulted in the 1970 300 Hurst or 300H. The 300H was based on the 1970 Chrysler 300 Series 2-door hardtop. It was a natural for the Hurst treatment due to its fuselage styling featuring a rounded body with sculptured crease lines. All were assembled at the Jefferson Ave. plant in Detroit MI. They were shipped to the Hurst facility in Brighton MI. Once finished the Hurst 300s were shipped back to Jefferson Assembly for final inspection and then sent to the ordering dealerships (most 300Hs were customer-ordered some were designed for dealer stock and a few were built for the sales bank). The standard package was the same on all the cars. However extra options could be ordered. Production numbers vary according to several sources but all agree that between 485 and 500 were built. Then there was one more. The convertible. Hurst and Chrysler decided to manufacture one Special Public Relations Vehicle a convertible custom designed for appearances across the country to promote the Chrysler and Hurst brands. While the hardtops were essentially built in groups on the assembly line the convertible was a purpose built vehicle. Therefore there are both similarities and differences between the two. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF THE HURST INCLUDING SOME AS THE CAR WAS DISCOVERED IN THE STORAGE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CAR COVER WAS REMOVED: http://s514.photobucket.com/user/redeuce/library/HURST%20PICS 300 HURST CONVERTIBLE FENDER TAG DECODING: N51- Max Cooling System S61- Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel B41- Front Disc Brakes- 10” Rear Drum Brakes G11- Tinted Glass V78- Longitudinal Accent Stripe Delete L31- Turn Signal Lite- Hood and Fender P45- Power Deck Lid Release C21- Center Front Cushion Arm Rest P28- Power Seats Left Right V3W- White Convertible Top H51- Air Conditioning with Front Heater R23- Search Tune AM/FM Radio R31- Dual Rear Seat Speaker with Stereo P31- Power Windows P41- Power Door Locks EW1- Spinnaker White M6XW- White Vinyl Bucket Interior with Black Accents EW1- Spinnaker White Upper Door Frames 505- Tuesday May 5 1970 Scheduled Production Date Q06993- Order Number- Special Public Relations Vehicle (Q)06993 E86- 440 Cu. In. Four Barrel 375 HP TNT Engine D32- A727 Torque Flite CM27 -Chrysler 300 Hurst Convertible U0C- TNT Engine 1970 Model Jefferson Ave. Assembly Plant 231583- Sequential Number Similarities-The first similarity is that all Hurst Chryslers were outfitted with the E86 440 Cu. In. 375 HP TNT engine. Torque Flite transmission. V78 Accent stripe delete is present also because the striping was done at the Hurst facility. Either power button or under dash lever activated trunk release or both. Due to the rear spoiler a key lock could not be accessed. All also had dual power seats power windows Spinnaker White and front disc brakes. Differences-The hardtops were pulled off the assembly line in small groups for shipment to Hurst. Although they were manufactured over a period of months all were assigned a 125 or January 25 build date. The convertible however was assigned the actual build date- 505 May 5. All the hardtops featured M6T5 tan leather interior. A M6XW white vinyl with black accents was installed in the convertible. The hardtops were designated with a standard vehicle order number. The convertible was assigned the Q prefixed (Special Public Relations) vehicle order number. This is the only one with that prefix. Finally the A12 fiberglass hood designation. Although all Hurst cars received the fiberglass hood not all display the A12 on the fender tag depending on early or later production. However according to Chrysler Registry “Production Option Code Books” it is correct that the convertible does not have the A12 on the fender tag. The convertible has been in storage for a period of time. The car is in good condition. A complete cleaning and detail will bring this beauty back to life. Spinnaker white exterior finish with all the Hurst graphics and decals including the large Hurst quarter panel decals. Original white convertible top. Fiberglass scooped hood and trunk lid with spoiler. Original Magnum road wheels. Hood and fender turn signals. Original white dual power bucket seat interior with center folding armrest. Everything in the interior is basically original. Power windows and locks. Search Tune AM/FM radio. Original Hurst shifter with original shift knob. Air conditioning. Both button in glove box and under dash lever for trunk release. Power steering. Power disc brakes. Tilt/telescopic steering column. Tinted glass. Rear stereo speakers. Original 440 Cu. In. 375 HP TNT engine. Engine and engine bay is stock and original with the exception of maintenance and repair items. Heavy duty cooling system. Four barrel carburetor. Torque Flite automatic transmission. This may be the only time this car will be available for sale again. Do not miss the opportunity to own one of the most recognized and iconic collaborations of Chrysler/Hurst in the history of the Muscle Car Era. We specialize in the unique and rare future investment affordable collector vehicles at old school prices. Since 1978 we have been a leader in finding rare and desirable cars. Most of our finds have done extremely well for our customers in terms of investments and enjoyment. Here is an example of a rare 1of LS6 Chevelle we sold for 50k in theearly 2000’s. http://www.classicmusclecars.com/cgi-bin/swrm/det.cgi?id=131&bl=m-;;k-;;nhs-195;;status-Sold;;sb- It was recently on eBay for 129k and has apparently sold. We sold this car in 1999 we found it researched it documented it restored it. Recently in the collection of internationally known collector Ron Pratte. http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Archive/Event/Item/1970-CHEVROLET-CHEVELLE-SS-396-CONVERTIBLE-178646 Another example we brokered the only 1968 Camaro Z-28 Convertible in July 1993 for 165K it sold in 2002 for over 7 figures. These are just a couple of examples of the thousands of cars we have sold and many were super investments. We know the rare muscle car market like no one on the planet. 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