Chrysler 300J Sport Series Convertible Coupe

For 1963, Chrysler extended the reach of the Letter Car Series by making the same performance specifications available on lower trim line vehicles. A perfect example is the car offered here, a 1963 Chrysler 300 Sport Series Convertible Coupe. The 300J for 1963 was offered as a coupe only; therefore, an open car was obtainable only by buying one from the Sport Series. The base engine for this series was a 383 CID V-8 that put out a modest 305 horsepower, but options were available. The owner of this example chose to upgrade to a more potent 360 brake horsepower 413 V-8, only 30 horsepower less than the 300J engine.

The 300 Sport Series was available in six different body styles, and only 1,535 examples of the convertible were produced with all engine combinations. This example is painted a brilliant Festival Red and has excellent paint and brightwork all around, with good gaps and contours. The trunk is correctly finished with the original-type plaid vinyl material, and the engine bay is equally impressive, with its upgraded 360 brake horsepower V-8 sporting the iconic cross ram intake system with all components correctly and carefully finished. The interior is upholstered in white vinyl, which is very nicely finished and barely worn, and is complemented by power steering and windows, as well as an AM radio with rear speaker and a windshield washer. 

Other notable accouterments are the distinctive square steering wheel, which helps reduce visual impairment for shorter drivers and avoids wear from the steering wheel rubbing on the driver’s thighs. The odometer shows 6.5 miles, which is undoubtedly since the restoration was completed. This car has a sporting, aggressive stance accentuated by the full steel wheels, full Chrysler wheel covers, and narrow whitewall tires.

Model TC2-M. 360 bhp, 413 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122 in.

Part of the RM Auctions event for John Staluppi in December, 2012.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper

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