1967 CHRYSLER 300 Conv 440 Super Commando- Brothers, OR Print
Written by Double Dragon
Monday, 09 June 2014 15:59

1967 CHRYSLER 300 Conv 440 Super Commando- Brothers, OR


Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown

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This 1967 Chrysler 300 sports weathered Scorch Red paint and a pretty rough interior due to the wind having whipped away the last wisps of the convertible top allowing the weather to work its wonders. This 300 is part of the Charles Kee collection which was auctioned off in May, 2014 following Kee's death in 2013. Most of the Kee cars were collected in the 1980s on a 50 acre property in Brothers, Oregon for storage outside in the desert.

Kee amassed several hundred cars stored on his property but would only sell to people he liked. Money was not the issue when he sold a car. See the full story in the 20 YEARS PLUS story on one of Kee's personal drivers; a 1967 Chrysler New Yorker.

Whoever first ordered this car was serious about high performance driving and comfort. The car is loaded with musclecar goodies and creature comforts. The heavier convertible body on the already weighty full size platform ensures this 300 isn't going to win every stoplight war, but with the Super Commando 440 ordered, it is evident that the first owner of this car hadn't forgotten the high performance legacy of the 300 name.

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The original engine put into this Chrysler 300 was the terrific Super Commando 440- 4 barrel which produced 375 HP. This was a hot version of the torque monster 440 previously used to move big barges loaded with options around. The new High Performance 440 gave speed demons a route to near Hemi performance for much less cost. Note the brake master booster for the power front disc brake option, the A/C and power steering unit. This car can move out but it also pampers the driver. Note the large air horn. It seems that the factory oversize radiator is still present.

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The VIN CM27L73225327 decodes as:

C= Chrysler C body (Newport, 300, New Yorker)

M= Medium price class (the 300 was the mid price C body)

27= Convertible

L= 440-4 Barrel High Performance Super Commando 375 HP

7= 1967 Model year

3= Jefferson, Michigan final assembly plant

225327= Sequence number.

67 300 conv 440 HP k 440 fender tag

The fender tag decodes starting on the bottom line

Line 1: Chrysler 300 conv/ 83= 440 HP/ 5= 3 speed auto/ 220= Feb 20, 1967 build date/

Line 2: AX48= 3.23 sure grip axle/ M6X= Black interior, vinyl buckets/ PP1= Scorch Red paint

Line 3: A1= 26in Radiator (usually found on A/C or Hemi cars)/ D9= Front Disk Brakes/ K8= Power Windows/ S1= Air Conditioning/ X2= Tinted Windshield Only/ Y2= White Convertible Top

Line 4: a6= Console/ b4= Bucket Seats/ g6= Driver's Outside Remote Operated Mirror

The interior is pretty thrashed but it seems to be equipped as it was when built it left the factory just a lot worse for wear. The door panel proudly tells us this is a 300. The remote control for the mirror and the power window switches are still there. The eaten up remnants of the black buckets sit on either side of the optional console with automatic shifter in front of a vacuum gauge.

Contrast this performance image interior with the 1967 yellow 300 in these ALLEY FINDS which makes do with bench and column shift. Note the second stalk on the steering column below the turn signal indicator for tilt steering.

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The painted number on the rear quarter panel seems to correlate with the number painted on the rear quarter of the yellow hardtop 1967 300 which is also in the Charles Kee collection. The yellow car was a 'K' code 440 which is the 'regular' passenger car version of the engine but still potent.

In the bottom picture you can spot the trailer hitch. This Chrysler 300 was used as a tow vehicle for part of its life. Its also possible to see the shreds of the white convertible top clinging to the framework of the folding roof assembly.

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