The practice of taking hallowed names from the past, names that have earned their place in history through generations of peerless cars, and slapping them on something new to make a few sales is not something new, and in general kind of unappreciated by fans of the marque. In certain cases, however, a great automobile is born. Such is the case of the 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst, which was the fruit of a collaboration between Chrysler and Hurst, the famous performance tuner. The 300 Hurst featured a distinctive white and gold livery, a fancy interior with leather bucket seats (courtesy of the Imperial), better suspension, dual exhausts, the works.
Whatever its faults – particularly in its name – the 300 Hurst had one thing going for it: performance. And that was no joke. The one and only engine available was a 7.2 liter – 440 cubic inches – big block V8 producing knuckle-crunching 375 horsepower. It could accelerate to 60 in a hair over 7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 120 miles per hour. Let’s not talk about the fuel consumption. You know how that goes.
A run of 2,000 vehicles was planned, but there was a little communication problem between Chrysler and Hurst. Each thought that the other was in charge of promotion. The result: only 500 of these awesome cars were built, almost all hardtops and few convertibles – some say only one, but that seems unlikely. In any case, if you manage to find of the remaining 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst in a barn or something, you’ve got one heck of a rare find on your hands!