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Discussion in 'Other classic cars' started by Gdude40, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. Gdude40

    Gdude40 New Member

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    Anybody know the proper body letter designation for a 64 chrysler 300. I get conflicting answers from anywhere Iv'e looked. Thanks
     
  2. ImperialCrown

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    That would be the mighty 300K. There were also non-letter 300 models in 1964.
     
  3. Gdude40

    Gdude40 New Member

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    I was meaning like A body B body, C body designation. Thanks
     
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    I'm not sure it really had a designation. C body started in 1965 and it's not a B body.
     
  5. 68RT

    68RT Well-Known Member

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    If you want to verify, 1955 (original 300) had no letter. 1956 was a "B", etc., etc.
     
  6. ImperialCrown

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    In the first INF pages of the 1964 passenger car parts catalog, the model designations are broken down and explained:
    http://www.earlycuda.org/docs/parts/64_Mopar_Parts_Catalog.pdf
    The 300 is a 'C' body, more specifically a 'C2'. The regular 300 was a M (medium price class) while the 300K was a P (premium price class).
    I have to believe that this catalog information is accurate.
    I also recommend this book for historic 300 enthusiasts:

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  7. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

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    This guy goes back before 1965, not sure he is 100% correct but it makes sense.

    Especially as A is documented from 1960 and and B from 1962, possibly D from 1957.

    Thinking about FWD vehicles the L was introduced before the G, H, J, K etc.

    It could be a back dated designation like "Hemi," Chrysler didn't use that term until about 1965.

    Thanks
    Randy

    Bodies: Chrysler RWD Body Codes - 1957-1989 (at http://www.dippy.org/forum2/index.php?topic=109.0 )

     
  8. 68RT

    68RT Well-Known Member

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    300 series letter codes do not reflect the body. They are specific to the high performance Chrysler beginning in 1955 with the 300 horsepower rated engine which was a really big thing back then. The original (1955) was just a "300". Next year they added the "b" letter and each year after that the letter went up one letter at a time UNTIL in the early 60's they made 300's with and without the letter. Without the letter, you got a looks package and with the letter you received a performance upgrade. Then it was discontinued until the "300 M" came out.
     
  9. ImperialCrown

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    Then in 2005 we re-used the 300C instead of going to 300n.
    I know that the m in the 300m was always lower case, although the earlier 300 letter cars were Capital letters.
    The 1955 was also referred to as the C-300:
    1955 Chrysler C-300 History by Dan Jedlicka (at http://www.danjedlicka.com/classic_cars/1955_chrysler_c_300.html )
    The non-letter 300 may have stole some thunder form the letter-series 300. It was likely a marketing initiative.
    The regular 300 was positioned between the Newport and New Yorker price class with the unique 300 grille and tailamps.
     
  10. 68RT

    68RT Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps the small "m" reflected the V6 instead of a V8. Not a slug at all though.
     
  11. Gdude40

    Gdude40 New Member

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    Thanks for all the replies and help, I know a lot more today than I did yesterday!
     
  12. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

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    The original poster clarified his question:

    "I was meaning like A body B body, C body designation. Thanks"

    A-B-C body, not if his 300 is B-C-D-K-L etc.

    Thanks
    Randy


     

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