Thursday, September 11, 2014
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1979 Chrysler 300
So today in honor of Patriot Day, we're looking at a 1979 Chrysler 300.
The Cordoba was a moderately sized personal luxury coupe, competing with the likes of Buick's Regal and Oldsmobile's Cutlass Supreme. It shared its basic body with the 1975 Dodge Charger, and later with the 1978-79 Dodge Magnum. The Cordoba received a refresh in 1978 that gave it stacked quad headlamps and a slightly restyled rear end. The net effect was a car that looked like a 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo coming and a 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix going. The Cordoba fit the Malaise-era definition of a luxury car, with fake wood interior trim and squishy leather seats, baroque faux-European detailing and a padded vinyl Landau roof. In 1979 Chrysler brought back the 300 nameplate as a muscle-car version of the Cordoba, sort of a last hurrah for the old body and its thirsty big V8s. Three Hundreds came with heavy-duty 360 engines from the Dodge Li'l Red Express truck, and three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmissions. In place of fake wood there was brushed aluminum and a sport gauge package with tachometer. Only 4,292 were sold, all painted Spinnaker White with red leather interior except for about 30 finished in red paint.