1961 Chrysler 300
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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The 1961 Chrysler 300 Convertible. What a great car. The 1961 Chrysler 300 Convertible was a fashionable, luxury, fancy and extravagant car made for high end, family driving. The 1961 Chrysler 300 Convertible was considered one of the most luxurious and nicest cars of the decade, and right off the bat it set the bar pretty high for 1960s era luxury cars.
The 1961 300G saw another restyle of older versions of Chrysler convertibles. For example, the grille formerly wider at the bottom than it was at the top, was now inverted for the 1960s models; the quad headlights, formerly side-by-side, were arranged in a fancy angled fashion, actually pointing inward at the bottom, in a manner reminiscent of 1958-1960 Lincolns, and 1959 Buicks actually. To add to the appearance of the car and to truly make it one of the most luxurious cars out there, small parking lamps below the headlights were likewise slanted and V-shaped too, and the front bumper was canted up at each end, scoop-like and very appealing to the eye. At the rear of the luxury convertible, the taillights were moved from the fins to the tail below them, and the fins were made sharper-pointed too. Power windows were standard on this car, which was considered pretty fancy at that time.
Mechanically speaking, this car again broke boundaries and came in hot. For example, the cross-ram “short ram” and “long ram” engines remained the same, although the expensive French manual transmission was dropped away, and replaced by a more reliable, less difficult, less maintenance requiring yet still expensive Chrysler racing manual transmission (referred to as ‘option code 281’). This particular model is very, very valuable though, as there are currently only five cars with this particular transmission. Code 281 cars may have actually been originally built for the 1961 Daytona Flying Mile, although unfortunately it is sad to say that no specific records were kept by Chrysler to know why they were built or for what purpose they were built for. All in all, the 1961 Chrysler 300 Convertible is something to be proud of. Those who own them are very happy with them, and those who do not own them desire them greatly if they are natural born Chrysler fans.
Only a few of these were built back in 1961 and this car may very well be the best, last one left in the world. This is a Florida car with no rust or dings and it drives like its brand new!
- Condition: Excellent
- One Owner
- Mileage: 42,000
- Exterior Color: Cream White
- Interior Color: Tan
- Transmission: Automatic
Classic Car ID101005361
Custom ColorCream White
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