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August 23, 2019

The Chrysler 300G – A 1961 Beauty

by Mike –

I drove a 1956 Chrysler 300B in college. Back then it was just an old car but now it is a rare classic that, I think, had a Hemi engine! It turns out I was much cooler than I thought back then.

Chrysler 300G

1961 Chrysler 300G

My car was a great driver that also had good speed. I went to a car show a few days ago and this 1961 Chrysler 300G caught my eye.

The Chrysler 300 series cars are considered the father of muscle cars. The 300 series started in 1955 and ran through 1965.

1961 Chrysler 300G

Through those 11 years only 14,268 hardtop models were made and 2,588 convertibles making the 300 series a very limited model line.

This car is a 1961 300G convertible. Equipped with a 413 cid Wedge engine with a cross ram intake manifold topped off with two four barrel carbs, this car was meant for speed along with luxury.

1961 Chrysler 300G engine

This engine combination put out 375 horsepower and 495 foot-pounds of torque. This power configuration allowed the 4,315 pound car to reach speeds of 131 MPH and run the quarter mile in 16.2 seconds. This was quite a feat for a luxury car in those days.

The 300G was considered a rare high performance luxury automobile.

1961 Chrysler 300G

1,280 hardtops were produced and only 337 convertibles were made. It is believed that only 124 are still in existence. Some awesome features on the car are the swivel seats, bucket leather seats in the rear, power seats, dome style instrument panel and push button controls for the automatic transmission.

The 300G is probably the most desired “letter” car of the 300 series.

1961 Chrysler 300G Interior

1961 Chrysler 300G Interior

“Car Life” called the 300G “the best road car on the market” in its day.

Let is know what you think of the Chrysler 300G in the Comments.

1961 Chrysler 300G Logo

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The Chrysler 300G - A 1961 Beauty
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The Chrysler 300G - A 1961 Beauty
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Maybe the most beautiful Chrysler 300 letter car.
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  1. Paul Harvey says

    “The Chrysler 300 series cars are considered the father of muscle cars.”

    Quite. God save America.

  2. This is a beautiful car, and thank you for highlighting it. Values for Chrysler letter cars like this, and other Chrysler products like DeSotos, have been increasing rapidly in the last couple of years. Whereas they used to be very, very cheap to pick up used examples, now a regular person who wants a beater to restore, even 4-doors, will be hard pressed to find an inexpensive example to buy, especially those from the mid to late ’50s, which is considered the pinnacle of Chrysler design. I never liked the offset diagonal headlights on this design, and, although very unique, that style was quickly gone. Glenn in the Bronx, NY.

  3. Mona Lucas says

    I remember the old Chrysler very well!

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