Chrysler 300F Convertible
The original Chrysler C-300 of 1955 and the legendary “Letter Cars” that followed it firmly established Chrysler as a performance leader. Correctly advertised as “the Beautiful Brutes,” they exemplify the American high-performance grand touring concept today. While various “Hemi” engines powered the series through 1958, the lighter 413 “Wedge” debuted with the 300E of 1959 and provided the same, if not even more, brute force.
For 1960, the 413 now featured a tuned cross-ram induction system mounting a pair of four-barrel carburetors on a unique intake manifold with impressive 30-inch runners. In combination with a hotter camshaft, a low-restriction exhaust system and all-new lighter unit-body construction for 1960, the refined 300F continued to provide the blistering performance that 300 buyers had come to expect. In sanctioned competition at Daytona, a 300F beat the Flying Mile record set by the 300B in 1956 with a speed of 144.92 mph, while famed racer Andy Granatelli reached 189.99 mph at Bonneville with a supercharged 300F, earning a Hot Rod magazine cover story.
Style was always an important part of Chrysler’s strategy, and the clean, jet aircraft-inspired bodylines of the 300F did not disappoint. All standard New Yorker amenities were included, plus swiveling front seats and nylon tires with white sidewalls. The luxurious aircraft cockpit-style interior featured four individual leather seats divided by a console running the length of the passenger cabin, and the extraordinary dash design mounted a three-dimensional “Astra-Dome” instrument cluster with electroluminescent lighting developed in collaboration with Sylvania – an industry first.
Part of the RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California. Also part of the event for John Staluppi in December, 2012.
375 bhp, 413 cu. in. V-8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"
Source: RM Auctions
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