1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible
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RM Sotheby's - The John Staluppi Collection
1st Dec 2012
1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible
An outstanding, fully restored example Model RC-4-P. 375 bhp, 413 cu. in. wedge OHV V-8 engine, three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in. The seventh edition of the series, the 300G 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 brake horsepower, 413-cubic inch wedge-head V-8 offered ample performance with its tuned dual cross ram intake, propelling the 4,200-pound 300G from rest to 60 mph in just over eight seconds. For 1961, there were 337 300G convertibles built, with only 124 believed remaining. This spectacular example offered from the Cars of Dreams Museum is a very high-quality cosmetic restoration finished in Mardi Gras Red. The lovely exterior finish is complemented by a pure white leather interior with a contrasting black dash, which is incredibly soft, sumptuous, and upholstered in the stock style. Even the trunk is lined in the same matching white color, and it also contains a car cover. Examination under the hood reveals additional chrome, including the following: the cross ram intake, hood latch, valve covers, alternator, as well as various ancillary brackets. The overall appearance of this 300G convertible is completed by a tan canvas top with a matching boot, as well as Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels with wide whitewall tires. The car was restored in house, and it can be easily characterized as a no-expense restoration. This particular 300G convertible has always held a fond personal memory for Mr. Staluppi of his youth, and he specifically sought this car out and restored it to the exacting standards one sees here today to serve as a terrific reminder of his childhood. On top of that, this is the perfect example of a lightly customized Letter Car that is spectacular in form and presentation, without offending the purist.
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