1961 Chrysler 300G ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $90,000-$120,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $110,000

Specifications:
375bhp, 413 cu. in. wedge head V8, dual four-barrel carburetors and cross ram intake, 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, thanks to dual four-barrel carburetors and a cross ram intake system. More than just a straight line performer, ride control was also 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 that was finished in the late 1990s, adhering strictly to original specifications. The 300G was offered for sale by the previous owner at RM Auctions’ Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall in the summer of 1998, where it made quite an impression upon those in attendance before Mr. McMullen’s winning bid brought the car home. DaimlerChrysler had just re-introduced the 300 letter series that year with the 300M and borrowed this car from Mr. McMullen for a television advertisement showcasing the heritage of their new car.

Aside from that one appearance, the 300G Convertible has never been shown and, treated with proper care in the McMullen Collection, admirably retains its high point condition.

Finished in very sporty and proper shade of red, the 300G is complete with tan leather seats and a white top. Aside from its massive tailfins and angled headlights, 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 a pushbutton automatic transmission, a console mounted tachometer, power adjustable driver’s seat, power windows, power steering, power brakes, and a power top.

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 8661

as of 4/17/2007

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Car 1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible
VIN 8413182231 
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