Lot Number
381
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1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible

Sold For $126,500

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 11 - 12 OCTOBER 2018


Chassis No.
8413158814
  • One of only 337 convertibles produced
  • Rare factory air conditioning
  • 413-cu. in., 375-hp engine with Cross-Ram dual carburetion
  • Real wire wheels; includes original steel wheels and covers
  • Final year for iconic tail fins

When Chrysler debuted the C-300 in 1955, it was a sensation. Based on the luxurious New Yorker coupe, the 300 was the ultimate “Banker’s Hotrod,” equipped with Chrysler’s most potent engine at the time, a 331-cu. in., Hemi V-8 with two four-barrel carburetors, hot cam, and solid lifters. Rated at 300 hp, from which it took its name, it was the most powerful American passenger car engine available at the time. In 1956, a new 300B model began the legendary “Letter Series,” which would continue for a decade.

In 1957, a convertible was added to the 300C. Chrysler styling chief Vigil Exner Jr.’s fresh and innovative styling, featuring long, sweeping fins, was what the company hailed as “the most glamorous car in a generation,” creating a shape that soon had all of Detroit trying to emulate. Horsepower steadily increased along with the 300’s reputation as an extremely fast and stylish machine. An all-new 413-cu. in. engine with wedge-shaped combustion chambers and dual four-barrel carburetors powered the mighty 300E for 1959 and would be the standard 300 “Letter Series” engine for the next few years.

The 300G would be the last Chrysler with fins, marking an end to an era. Nineteen sixty-one would also be the last year the “Letter Series” cars would be exclusive. The 300 line was expanded in 1962 to include less expensive, non-letter series 300 cars that included a four-door, thus diluting its exclusivity.

This 1961 300G, one of only 337 convertibles produced, is what many collectors and enthusiasts consider the last of the great 300 “Letter Series” cars made. Flamboyantly styled inside and out, with canted headlights and large fins on the exterior and an interior that featured leather bucket seats front and rear, plus a spectacular dashboard design highlighted by a unique Astra-dome instrument panel. It is believed to be one of only a handful of 300G convertibles that were sold new with factory air conditioning. The dramatic styling of this rare car is set off by a set of Chrysler wire wheels and wide whitewall tires, adding to the striking appeal of this sensational example of mid-century design. The original steel wheels and covers are included, as well.

Combining a large, high-performance engine with luxurious appointments and brute power make driving this 1961 300G convertible as thrilling to drive today as it was when new.



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