1. 1959 Chrysler 300E Hardtop

  2. 1959 Chrysler 300E Hardtop

  3. 1959 Chrysler 300E Hardtop

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Lot Number
41
1959 Chrysler 300E Hardtop
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $40,000 - $60,000
CHASSIS NO: M591100657
• Handsome example of the famed 'Letter Car' Chryslers
• Well-cared for and maintained, including recent tune-up
• Special option interior, Kelsey Hayes wire wheels
• America’s most powerful production car for 1959
• Equipped with air-conditioning

413 cid “Golden Lion” OHV V-8 engine rated at 380 HP, three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 126”


In the late 1950s, nothing said performance louder than a Chrysler V-8. Whether it was on the oval track or the quarter mile drag strip, Chrysler’s big and powerful engines were a force to be reckoned with. When Chrysler began their letter series of cars with the C-300 in 1955, it began a succession of cars that were highly refined and built for brute power. This was the beginning of the muscle car movement in the U.S. auto market, a segment that Chrysler would dominate. The letter series of cars continued to 1965 with an L but was sadly dropped from the line-up thereafter. Styling for the letter series cars was as wild as any car could be in the 1950s thanks to the efforts of Virgil Exner, who introduced the “Forward Look” on Chrysler’s products in 1955. The Chrysler 300E for 1959 was a bold car with a large grille up front and long fins at the rear. Clearly if speed and style were looking for a place to go hand-in-hand, the 300E was a car that couldn’t be beat.

Offered here is an impressive example of this most iconic early muscle car with this two-door 300E hardtop finished in Chrysler’s Ivory White with a light blue interior. Styling for the 300E in 1959 was in its third revision, as a new body style in 1957 saw the introduction of quad headlamps. A massive grille allowed for excellent cooling and a wide chrome bumper set the tone for an aggressive stance. The 300 emblem was now mounted on the driver’s side of the hood and an even larger 300E medallion in glorious red, white, and blue on the rear quarter panels proudly displayed the fact that this was no average car. While many of Detroit’s car builders were reaching for the stratosphere with the jet-like fins, Virgil’s design team used a streamlined and elegant rear fin design that was a nod to retrained taste in an era of excess. This 300E recently emerged from long-term ownership and was apparently special ordered with a light blue leather interior. Seating is plush and comfortable with pleated seats, plenty of leg room, and a futuristic dashboard layout that features a push button shifter, large round gauge pods, a dashboard mounted rear view mirror, and an ultra-modern steering wheel. As an upper line car this 300E also carries all the amenities one would expect including power windows, swivel seats, rear window defroster, auto pilot cruise control system, and its special-order interior package. Handling is superb with the 300E’s 126-inch wheelbase and this car was recently treated to a full tune-up and drives just as well as it looks. It rides on Kelsey Hayes wire rims, and the factory stock hubcaps are in the trunk and come with the car. Power comes from its massive “new for 1959” 413 cubic-inch “Golden Lion” V-8 that’s equipped with dual four-barrel carburetors that push horsepower to a respectable 380, a figure that no other production car was reaching in 1959. Chrysler’s new V-8 was actually lighter by 101 pounds and was more cost-effective to build. The Golden Lion also gave Chrysler bragging rights as America’s most powerful production car.

The letter series cars from Chrysler literally paved the way for the American performance car. With just 550 hardtops built, the 1959 300E is a rare car that stands as a testament to the brute power of Chrysler’s letter series cars. With its powerful engine and iconic fins, this 300E is an attention getter wherever it goes. For cruising the boulevard on a fine summer evening or taking its place on the show field, this 300E is a car that displays well and also offers spectacular performance in a way that only a Chrysler letter car can.

1959 Chrysler 300E Hardtop
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