1961 Chrysler 300G ConvertibleSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $175,000 - $225,000

$198,000 Sold

375bhp, 413 cu. in. wedge head V8, three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars and a live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

With the automotive industry about to board the styling roller coaster of the late 1950s, Virgil Exner continued to make improvements to the 300 Series in both mechanical engineering and contemporary styling. Though largely unchanged in 1956, the ensuing years saw the 300 Series adopt tailfins, jet-like dash styling and equally impressive and intimidating performance. By 1960, styling excesses were being toned down and refined and the 300 cars began displaying these changes with sophistication. However, what the 300s of the 1960s were most recognized for was their awesome power.

The 300G represented Chrysler’s last and most dramatically styled letter cars. Retaining the flamboyant fins of its predecessor and extensive brightwork, the 300G was a sight as it came hurtling down the road. Without a doubt one of the more lavishly appointed cars when it came to the interior, they were luxurious and exceptionally fast, aimed to the moneyed motoring enthusiasts of the early 1960s. The Wedge head V8 offered ample performance, and ride control was excellent. They offered dramatic new styling, but at the same time, still remained clearly conceived and built on the foundations of 300C.

Offered here is a 1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible that underwent a complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration in 2002, adhering strictly to original specifications. The outstanding condition and quality of the Chrysler was rewarded with a blue ribbon at the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance shortly after the restoration was completed.

Finished elegantly in black, the 300 was completed with tan leather seats and a black dashboard. Perhaps the most striking styling element is the jet-like dashboard instrumentation and ultra luxurious swivel out front seats. The 300G is complete with the host of amenities and accessories that earned it the original sticker price of just under $6,000. These include power windows, power steering, power brakes, and a power top. A nice additional touch, one of the original tires resides in the trunk as the spare.

Since completing its restoration, the 300 Convertible has been properly maintained and is reported to still be in exceptional condition both aesthetically and mechanically.

Without question, the G edition of the 300 Series represents the last of the great letter series cars. In the ensuing years the cars were shaped more by social concerns and demands than by engineers. This has helped solidify the 300G’s status as one of the most collectable cars of the 1960s. These special cars have continued to appreciate in both value and enthusiasts’ opinions, as they are distinctive to look at and fun to drive.

Reference Number 7398

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible
VIN 8413177100 
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