1961 Chrysler Convertible Chrysler 300 Series. Highlights 1 of only 337 Convertibles Power for the 300G was derived from the 375 horsepower 413 cubic inch V8 with a cross-ram intake that propelled the 300G from 0-60 mph in only eight seconds. Only 337 300G convertibles were built for 1961 and of those only 124 are accounted for today. 413 CI Wedge engine Three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission Rebuilt engine and transmission Cross-Ram intake Two 4-Barrel carburetors Swivel Seats Bucket leather seats in the rear Power seats Power convertible top Power windows Dome style instrument panel Push button automatic transmission Coil spring independent front suspension Live rear axle 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes History of Chrysler 300 letter series The Chrysler 300 “letter series” were high-performance luxury cars built in very limited numbers by the Chrysler Corporation in the United States between 1955 and 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 the vehicles that really rekindled interest in performance among major American manufacturers after World War II, and thus can be considered the muscle car’s ancestors, though much more expensive and exclusive. The 1961 300G saw another restyle. The grille, formerly wider at the bottom than the top, was inverted; the quad headlights, formerly side-by-side, were arranged in an angled fashion, inward at the bottom, in a manner reminiscent of 1958 to 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. Mechanically, the cross-ram “short ram” and “long ram” engines remained the same, although the expensive French manual transmission was dropped, replaced.
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