Lot 258

Hershey 2017

1961 Chrysler 300 G Convertible

The Thomas F. Derro Collection


$148,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
  • Offered from The Thomas F. Derro Collection
  • Formerly of the Tom Gerrard Collection
  • One of only 337 convertibles built
  • Very rare factory-correct air conditioning
  • Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Senior First Prize winner

The seventh edition of the series, the 300 G of 1961, marked the final expression of Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look” and continued to represent perhaps the ultimate American automotive statement of the era. Stylistic revisions for 1961 included canted headlamps and a revised rear-end treatment. According to a test by Car Life, the 375-bhp, 413-cu. in. wedge-head V-8 offered ample performance with its tuned dual cross ram intake, propelling the 4,200-lb. 300 G from rest to 60 mph in just over eight seconds. For 1961, there were just 337 300 G convertibles built, with only 124 believed to be remaining.

The convertible offered here was formerly part of the renowned Tom Gerrard collection of award-winning American convertibles. It was added to the Derro Collection in 2009, via their mutual friend Tom White, and as recently as 2013 was an Antique Automobile Club of America Senior First Prize winner.

Finished in the year-correct color of Mardi Gras Red with a tan interior, the car is equipped with many of the available “goodies,” including very rare factory-correct air conditioning, power everything, swiveling front seats, and chrome wire wheels. It was recently detailed and had the top end of the engine rebuilt, and presents absolutely beautifully, with a consistent quality throughout rarely seen in 300 restorations, as typical for cars that were part of these two distinguished collections. Indeed, the car reportedly incorporates numerous “NOS” pieces, including the carburetor, window switches, and headlamp lenses, and the underhood detailing is factory-correct and exceptional.

In all regards it is ready for further enjoyment, on either show field or open highway, or to complete a collection of the finest “Letter Car” convertibles.