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1965 Chrysler - It was twenty years ago today…


Dan Cluley
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In the Summer of 2002 I was looking for a cheap beater as a backup for my aging minivan.  A nearly 40 year old full size convertible was not on the list of ideal candidates, but on a sunny Saturday afternoon, taking it for a test drive did seem like a fun idea.  As often happens, this objectively terrible idea started to seem reasonable, and Monday Morning, July 15 2002, I bought a 1965 Chrysler 300 covertible.  It ran, it drove, and it cost $1000, so yes, it was exactly as rough as you imagine.  My lunch break that afternoon included a visit to Radio Shack for some wire and switch to temporarily get the tail lights & brake lights working, the first of a series of repairs that has gone on pretty much continuously for 20 years now.  It is still a bit of a rusty mess, but the interior is a lot nicer, it’s hopefully getting a 2nd new top this year, and I’ve driven it something over 80,000 miles, so perhaps not such a terrible idea after all.524064578_65ChryslerKingMotorsMason7132002.JPG.14fa8453da1a93c585b260e141f991f1.JPG July 13 2002

 

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Great looking car. I dare say, it doesnt look any worse for the wear 20 yrs on. Maybe a bit more rust but certainly has not 'rusted away'. I like that you kept it as is. You def. got your moneys worth out of that one!!

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42 minutes ago, JACK M said:

I had to lust after this one for over thirty years before I could finally swing the deal.

65 300 coupe, 383 4 speed with only 30K on the clock. That number is getting bigger though.

A great road car.

 

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Lord, I am in heat...🥵

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9 hours ago, 28 Chrysler said:

Would you like to get your $1,000 back so you will not have to put a top on it ?

Ooh, tempting offer, but I already bought the top kit.  Also there's the 8 or 9 thousand that I've spent along the way.  ;) 

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7 hours ago, JACK M said:

I had to lust after this one for over thirty years before I could finally swing the deal.

65 300 coupe, 383 4 speed with only 30K on the clock. That number is getting bigger though.

A great road car.

 

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Very nice!   It's fascinating the way they could be optioned.  Somebody spent $600 for the 4 speed & AC, but wouldn't spend another 20 for a clock?

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