My Car - My Story

Car: 1970 Chrysler 300 - Hurst Edition
Owner: Joe Gross
VIN# - CM23-UOC-196853

My love of cars was inherited from my father who was a mechanical engineer who always maintained and fixed our cars at home. At age 16 he purchased me my very first set of wheels, a rare 1948 Chrysler Royal Businessman Coup. That started a long history of specialty cars both domestic and European, including Thunderbirds, GTO, MG, BMW and MOPARS.

In 1982 at a Kruse auction in Atlanta, was the very first time I'd ever seen a 300 Hurst. It was a magical moment; the car stood out among all others for its size, color combination and slick clean lines. It was in motion while it was parked.

When the car came up for sale, I was the very first hand to rise knowing full well that this car was way out of my financial reach at the time. When the auctioneer yelled “sold” I looked around to see who the lucky guy was. The auctioneer kept yelling “You! You!” pointing at me, “Show your number?” I was shaking all over thinking it had to be some misunderstanding. There was no way this beauty was mine. As it turned out, I was the only bidder on this very “odd duck” and purchased the car at the opening bid. Within a few minutes I completed the paper work thinking the whole time this has to be a mistake that will catch up with me any minute. Within an hour not knowing much about the car and never even looking under the hood, I was on my way back to Cleveland, OH. The car rode beautifully, the comfort level and power was unmatched to anything I'd ever driven before, and the looks on the road were unbelievable then as they are today any time I'm out cruising.

Now 26 years later I still love and enjoy her as much as ever. The pampering and maintenance work never stops, and the summers are busy with club meetings, shows and accumulations of many trophies, among the two I cherish the most are the grand daddy of all at The 2005 Carlise Chrysler Nationals and in 2007, The People's Choice Award at the 37th annual club meet in Ohio. Being recognized by your own peers for excellence is exceptionally rewarding. This car is classified as a survivor with the exception of a newer paint, being 95% all original with 35,000 miles.

The scrap book includes all the original papers, titles and builds sheet and the rare Hurst booklet that accommodated only this special edition model.

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