Don Durand is truly a car guy but he had second thoughts about buying this survivor ’68 Chrysler 300 convertible.
Not the usual buyer’s remorse…
This was more like “kidnapping a family member” remorse.
This is a documented one-owner 1968 Chrysler 300 and it had 49,000 miles on the odometer when Don drove it away a few years ago. He never expected the owner’s wife to burst into tears when the big Mopar drove away for the last time-that sucked some of the joy out of the experience.
Her reaction was a testimony to just how deeply rooted this car was in the family tree. Most wives would help shove an old, impractical car out the door in a heartbeat. In actual fact, she had taken over the maintenance of this bubble-wrapped car by starting it periodically and driving it a few blocks-then it was back to a climate controlled garage.
The car has most of its original equipment including a never used spare and jack. The big 300 even had its original redline tires but Don knew that 40 year old rubber-no matter how cool, is a bad idea at any speed over 27 miles per hour. The paperwork came with the car adding to the complete survivor package.
Don has added a few more miles to the clock on the 300 but it remains a low mileage, nice day car in keeping with its impeccable heritage. Don admits that the big 440 TNT motor gets about 8 miles per gallon on the highway when the wind catches the big roof on the convertible but he’s happy with the class that comes with this topless 60s luxury barge.
He’s going to hang on to the old classic so it’s clearly in good hands and he can be seen at the occasional car show or in a parade-weather permitting. Don gets this car-so much so that he doesn’t anticipate a tear-filled farewell in the near future.
Don wouldn’t put anybody through that painful experience…
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