Cohort Outtake: 1979 Chrysler 300 – The Almost Forgotten 300

Chrysler 1979 300 fq

Chrysler has gone back to the 300 well numerous times, but probably the least successful attempt was this one in 1979, which chasglyn found in San Francisco. It was just an option package on that year’s Cordoba coupe, costing $2040. Less than 2900 were built, making these a rare find, although I suspect that a higher than average number of them survived than plain Cordobas. The 300 moniker still had some magic, even in the depths of the malaise era.

Chrysler 1979 300 rq

The 300 got all the best hardware available at the time: 195 hp 360 V8 (5.9L), with four barrel carburetor and dual exhausts, police-spec suspension, brakes and 15×7″ wheels, and a 3.23:1 rear axle. There were plans to have a 300 model for the second generation Cordoba in 1980, but it just never happened. And the next 300 would be something quite different altogether.