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Tracing their heritage back to the groundbreaking C-300 of 1955, Chrysler’s 300 “letter series” cars delivered awesome power, cutting-edge styling with restrained use of bright trim, and sporting luxury. The seventh edition of the series, the 300G of 1961, marked the final expression of Virgil Exner’s landmark “Forward Look” styling theme and continued to represent the ultimate American automotive statement of the era.
Stylistic revisions for 1961 included fashionably canted headlamps and a revised rear-end treatment. 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 bhp “Golden Lion” 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 and through the quarter-mile in 16 seconds en route to top speeds approaching 140 mph. Even more impressive was the 300G’s massive torque output of 495 pounds-feet – achieved at just 2,800 RPM – ensuring the 300G could pass virtually any lesser car on the road with ease. Priced from nearly $6,000 when new, only 1,617 examples of the 300G were produced in all, including just 1,280 coupes and 337 convertibles.
Clearly benefiting from selective restoration as required, this 1961 Chrysler 300G Coupe received an engine rebuild during the late 1990s and an exterior repaint and re-chroming of its bright work during the early 2000s. A regular award winner on the show field, this 300G earned the Chrysler Cup award at the 2011 Chrysler 300 International meet. It was also featured in Hemmings Classic Car during 2008 and most recently in Hemmings Muscle Machines in 2013.
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, the 300G truly places you in control of your own “command center” behind the wheel. As one of the rarest American automobiles of all time, this outstanding example represents a timeless classic and a solid automotive investment that will certainly enhance any serious collection of the greatest American cars ever produced.