Re: What's the story with the 300 Deluxe?
For starters the production of the 300 and the 300 Deluxe cars was lower. As for reproduction or replacement parts you will find many parts interchange with 4 door sedan cars. As to the origin of the production of these cars, who knows? for 66&67 it's basically a 4 door that has been retro-fitted for 2 doors.
The roofline is a 4 door sedan, so front and rear glass,trim and drip rails are the same this also includes the vent windows. The door skins are the same as a hardtop, the complete front end is the same, the bumpers are the same, the deck lids are the same except for the emblem on the deck lid for the 2dr cars.. As stated; the partial quarters are same.
The door panels for 6&7 are obviously different but are the same size. The 65 door panel pattern is as close to the 300 66 as you will get repop. The 300 and 300 Deluxe had a cleaner dash "less stuff" than the Malibu, first noticable difference was the plastic above the glove box and the trim plate where the light switchs are. Frames, same. Tailight extensions normally different "cleaner." The 300 cars came often with a rubber floor mat instead of carpet and many times came without trunk mats.
As for weight, I dont think the weight between Malibus and 300's are different, maybe advertised but no real difference, "I'd argue."
One real difference is the quarter glass "rear back windows." They are hard to find, they are curved and not flat and the window track are a one off design but same for 6&7.
The 66 had a body side moulding strip for the 300 Deluxe 2&4dr, the 300 had nothing as the 67 had nothing. They did offer the 300 Deluxe in the wagon also. "rare!"
And I believe many of the same differences follow the other years too.
I can only really share info on the 6&7 cars.
An ironic twist, the 2 dr. 64&5 wagons were 300 cars.
Keep in mind there was also a 4 door hardtop, when you rolled down all 4 windows there was no post beween the front and rear.
MikeS ~ Gateway Area Chevelle Club #004
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Last edited by Route66Chevelle; Sep 23rd, 05 at 7:35 AM.