• Very well-preserved and well-presented professional restoration
• One of just 337 300G Convertibles produced for 1961
• Renowned as one of America’s finest high-performance cars
• Very well-equipped with power features and air-conditioning
• Legendary Ram Induction 413 V-8; final year for iconic tailfins
413 cid "Wedge" head V-8 engine, Ram Induction with twin four-barrel carburetors, 375 HP, three-speed push-button operated Torque-Flite automatic transmission, independent front suspension with parallel torsion bars, semi-elliptic rear leaf springs with live rear axle, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 136"
Beginning with the C-300 of 1955, Chrysler’s 300 “letter series” cars delivered awesome power, cutting-edge styling and sporting, yet highly luxurious, presence. The seventh edition of the series, the 300G of 1961, marked the final expression of Virgil Exner’s landmark “Forward Look” styling theme that defined Chrysler’s celebrated designs through the latter part of the 1950s and into the early 1960s. Powerful and potent, with a truly commanding presence, the 300 and the 300G in particular, remains quite likely the ultimate American automotive statement of the era.
Stylistic revisions for 1961 included fashionably canted headlamps up front and a revised rear-end treatment, combined with the final appearance of Exner’s famous dart-like tailfins. Handling was excellent as always, by virtue of the 300G’s dual torsion-bar front suspension and carefully tuned spring rates. According to Car Life magazine, the 375 horsepower “Golden Lion” 413 cubic-inch wedge-head V-8 delivered excellent performance with its tuned dual cross-ram intake system, propelling the 4,200-pound 300G from rest to 60 mph in just over eight seconds and through the quarter-mile in 16 seconds en route to top speeds approaching 140 mph. Car & Driver magazine put a brand new 300G Convertible through its paces, reaching 131 mph and sprinting from zero to 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds. Even more impressive was the 300G’s massive torque output of 495 pounds-feet – achieved at just 2,800 RPM – described by pioneering road tester “Uncle” Tom McCahill as enough "…to pull a Camel through the eye of a needle." However, the Chrysler’s true forte was in delivering effortless, high-speed cruising over long distances in luxury-car comfort levels. Priced from nearly $6,000 when new, the 300G was truly a limited-production vehicle with only 1,617 examples produced in all, including just 1,280 coupes and 337 top-of-the-line convertibles.
This beautifully presented 1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible continues to benefit handsomely from a well-preserved ground-up restoration completed by professionals during the 1990s, including a complete color change to Mardi Gras Red from its original Alaskan White over tan leather upholstery. In addition to the unique “Astra-Dome” speedometer, pushbutton-operated Torque-Flite automatic transmission, full-length console with front and rear armrests, and swiveling front bucket seats, highlights include a power-adjustable driver’s seat, power brakes, power steering, white power top, and rare factory air-conditioning, plus a tachometer, “Golden Tone” AM radio, and clock.
This 300G was first acquired by Bobby Monical in 2000. In 2005, he displayed it at a Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded Best in Class. During 2010, Bobby sold the 300G and it joined the collection of Bob Solberg; however, Bobby soon regretted selling it. Happily, he was able to repurchase this very special car in 2013. Continuing to benefit from caring ownership and proper storage and maintenance, this nicely detailed 1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible also features a properly restored and finished trunk compartment including gray carpeting and jacking instructions in place. The engine bay is very well detailed and highly correct in appearance, and the powerful “Golden Lion” 413 V-8 is particularly impressive with its tuned cross-ram intake system mounting twin four-barrel carburetors.
Well ahead of its time in many respects when new and remarkably advanced today with its futuristic interior design, complete instrumentation, large bucket seats, and spacious interior, this 1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible truly places you in control of your own command center behind the wheel. As one of the rarest and best-equipped American automobiles ever produced, this outstanding example is a timeless classic and a solid automotive investment that will certainly enhance any serious collection of America’s greatest postwar icons.
1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible
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