My '62...

by John Hertog

This is my '62 300 Sport hardtop. It is an original "H-package" non-lettered 300 - meaning it came form the factory with all of the 300-H's high performance goodies.

The car has been slightly modified....instead of the original 385hp 413, it now runs a 440, with 906 heads, Mopar Performance mechanical cam, MSD ignition, etc...; the exhaust system was replaced with 300J/K headers, and 2 1/2 inch tubing all the way back, through Flowmaster mufflers, and a crossover added. The intake too was replaced, from the original in-line dual-quad to a more visually appealing "short-ram setup, agoain from a 300-K. Other mods include a Level-10 built transmission, 3500 rpm stall converter, 4:56 posi rear when at the track, or 2:76 gears for highway trips.

This is truly a dual-purpose car... since completion it has made quite a few trips down the quarter-mile, as well as many road trips, including one from New York to Mena, Arkansas and another to Frankenmuth, Michigan. It's equally at home on the road and at the strip, where it has clocked somewhere close to a 13:85 quarter at 98 mph...

No, Chrysler did not build any two-toned 62's! This is my doing, with the body being layered in 1961 Chrysler Cinnamon, and the roof Formal Black. The interior still sports the original tan leather seats.

I've had a lot of fun with this wonderful 300 - the best time being the day we participated in the "Run What You Brung" shootout at Englishtown, sponsored by High Performance Mopar magazine. It was quite a thrill to see both the car and myself featured in the May '98 issue !

I'm not quite done with modifications - next on the list is a front disc brake conversion- and we do have future plans....but that's a secret for now.

While the Chrysler 300 Club International, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Letter Series 300's, and the '70 Hurst, quite a few of our members also own non-lettered 300's... and these are always welcome at any of our meets and events.