The Chrysler 300 nameplate was resurrected in the mid-2000s and was a quickly adopted by the hip-hop community, largely in part to the accessibility and ease of aftermarket upgrades for the new sedan. However, long before the Chrysler 300 became a household name there was another Chrysler 300, but this one rang far superior the 1961 Chrysler 300 G convertible. One of the last of famed car designer Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look” campaign, this 1961 represents the seventh iteration of the Chrysler 300. Limited to just 337 of the convertibles it is believed that only 124 have survived to this day. This beautiful representation of Chrysler’s “Letter Car” convertibles is finished in period correct Mardi Gras Red and features rare factory-correct air conditioning.
Having been a part of two major collections and taken home the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Senior First Prize this Chrysler has certainly proven its worth. However, it also stands alone as a testament to the engineering of the time. As its auction house RM Sotheby’s
noted, “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.” The 1961 Chrysler 300 G convertible will go to auction with no reserve in Hershey, PA in early October.