In 1963, I was very aware of the Pont-au-Mousson tranny from writeups so when I spotted a used 1961 Newport 2DHT with a stick, I jumped right on it. Kind of a poor-boy’s stick-shift Chrysler 300 at 1/3 the price. I drove it for a year or so in Omaha and the rubber floor mats were probably better for use in the winter. I did not enjoy driving it in stop and go traffic. It was hard on the clutch. I don’t recall it not having synchro’s on the top-two gears, anyway. The 351 was adequate but nothing fantastic. I traded it for a ’63 Newport 4DHT with Torqueflite and enjoyed that car, as did the carpool—especially after I hung an ARA air conditioner on it. I considered the 300J but two-doors were unhandy for four +-sized carpoolers and a couple of diminutive guys.
Rich B. in sunny CA—opening up a little.
My understanding was that Chrysler Corp felt that some of the GM 1961 models, especially Pontiac, had a price advantage over Chrysler.. So, they came out with the 1961 Windsor 4 door sedan with the 3 speed manual tranny at a base price of $2964. It also came with rubber floor mats instead of carpeting. Also, the same features were available in a 2 door hardtop for about $50 more. I remember this because my dad was a Chrysler dealer at the time and he sold a few of these cars. But the automatic tranny was still preferred by most customers despite the increased price.
Best regards, Jim
Posted by: "Rich Barber" <c300@xxxxxxx>
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