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Lot 129: Chrysler 300G

Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (16 July 2012)

The Chrysler 300 "letter series" were high-performance luxury cars built in very limited numbers by the Chrysler Corporation in the U.S. from 1955-1965. Each year's model used a new letter of the alphabet as a suffix (skipping "i"), reaching 300L by 1965, after which the model was dropped. The 300 "letter series" cars were among the vehicles that focused on performance built by domestic U.S. manufacturers after World War II, and thus, say some, can be considered one of the muscle car's ancestors, though much more expensive and exclusive. The 1961 300G saw a major restyle. The grille, formerly wider at the bottom than the top, was inverted; the quad headlights, formerly side-by-side, were arranged in angled fashion, inward at the bottom, in a manner reminiscent of 1958-1960 Lincolns. Small parking lamps below the headlights were likewise slanted and V-shaped, and the front bumper was canted up at each end, scoop-like. At the rear, the taillights were moved from the fins to the tail below them, and the fins were made sharper-pointed. Power windows were now standard. This rare Chrysler 300G is said to be one of only 400 examples still in running order. Unlike the other 399, this example was bought and restored by Chrysler UK and kept, by them, as a show piece at their headquarters. The car was then sold to a Chrysler dealer, where it remained for over 5 years until it was sold the the vendor. The car has been stored at the same dealership ever since, only being used on high days and holidays. Chrysler acquired the car, in 1997, from a private collector in Jersey. who had imported the car in 1994. The car was then painstakingly restored, by Chrysler, for the purpose of displaying the car at their new head office building. The restoration was finally completed in 2005. The car was also used for advertising and promotional purposes and was featured on a company postcard. Chrysler then became Daimler/Chrysler and relocated to Milton Keynes, which is when things go quiet. The car then emerged in a Chrysler/Jeep showroom, from where it was bought by the vendor. This is a very rare car, which is in outstanding condition and offers a unique opportunity to the serious collector.

Lot Details
Auction Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex-Esher Hall
TypeCar
Lot Number129
Estimate£22000-£25000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£18500
Year1961
Condition rating
Registration numberOSJ 994
Mileage-
Chassis number8413139781
Engine number13205863
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2