1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst

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.

1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst
1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst

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!

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