<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575

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Lot 515
1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible

Sold for US$ 58,240 inc. premium
1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible
Chassis no. 8403129575

413ci Overhead-Valve V8 Engine
375bhp
3-Speed Torqueflite automatic transmission
Torsion Bar Independent Front Suspension, Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Drum Brakes.

*One of 248 300F convertibles- less than 80 known survivors
*Excellent contours – dramatic Vermillion Red paint
*Red hot and rambunctious


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Personal luxury cars of a rather glorious anachronism, Chrysler's 300 "letter series" cars established a firm footing for Chrysler as a chief leader in performance and style. For ten successive years, each were given an assigned alphabet letter suffix and through their development, are considered to be an early ancestor of the muscle car. With Chrysler's most powerful FirePower 331ci Hemi, a 300bhp homologation C-300, introduced in 1955 and the first of the series, enjoyed considerable NASCAR racing success. In its sixth form, a 413ci Golden Lion V8 with Chrysler's soon-to-be legendary Ram Induction dual four-barrel carburetor set-up powered the 300-F, pushing horsepower nearest 400bhp. When paired with Chrysler's push-button Torque-Flite automatic transmission and specialized heavy-duty front suspension, the 300F possessed astonishing performance. A modified example would go on to hit 189.99 mph at Bonneville, while another set a Flying Mile class record at Daytona Beach.

Virgil Exner's "Forward Look" styling is especially memorable on the 300F model. In addition to some of the wildest tailfins seen on any American car, the 1960 model introduced a "cross-hairs" grille design and unibody construction. Spectacular four contoured bucket seats, which swivel outward to ease passenger entry and exit trimmed in tan with perforated inserts, stylize this example's Vermilion Red perfectly. At night, the gauge pod's "Panelescent" lighting gives off an intriguing space-age glow making up arguably the most breath-taking interior fitted to a 300. Big and fast, these cars harkened to the 1930s classic era—when the largest, most luxurious and prestigious cars on the road were also some of the fastest and best handling machines available.

In 1960 less than 1,250 F series cars were produced, 248 of which came as code 845 2-door 4-passenger convertibles. Is it believed that Spain acquired this car from a Miami Beach auction, in winter 1992. The 300's presentation today suggests a life of timely and sympathetic maintenance. The odometer, believed to be on its second time around, shows 0068782 miles which we believe to be on the chassis and engine. This long-fin rare 300 series car is nothing short of superb.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, Bonhams, with assistance from the Chrysler 300 Club, believes that it is most likely this vehicle was refashioned as a convertible sometime in or before the 1980s. Chrysler Corporation's Microfilm supplied by the club suggests the vehicle was delivered new as a Black 300F Coupe built on or around February 15, 1960. It should be further noted that the Code Tag is stamped in places, rather than pressed, suggesting it has been altered. Bonhams urges bidders to inspect the vehicle accordingly. It is sold 'as is'.
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<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
<b>1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 8403129575
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