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1960 Chrysler 300F convertible

Classics  /   /  By Chad Tyson

Long and low — with tailfins you could impale yourself on — was the dominant theme for full size and luxury cars heading into the 1960s. Chrysler’s 300 letter series took it further and added brute performance to the ticket. 1960’s 300F finished in the top six places in the Flying Mile competition at Daytona, with the top speed reaching 145 mph. Performance like that came with a hefty price tag. The 300F convertible’s base cost was $5,811, which was 60% higher than Chrysler’s lowest-priced convertible that year, the Windsor at $3,623.

The seller has owned this 300F convertible since 1977 but doesn’t state which of the engines this car has. Either way, the base (375 horsepower) or optional (400 horsepower) power plant get the car moving quickly. It was last driven regularly in 1990, but has been through a recent refresh.  New parts include brake components, gas tank, ignition components, leather, carpet, top and tires.

Some issues still need to be handled, however. The fuel gauge is unresponsive, there is an exhaust leak and the vacuum-operated, push-button climate control system needs work. Rust is not a problem, according to the seller. The floor pans were examined when the carpet was replaced, and no rust-through was found. The surface rust was removed, followed by a coating of rust inhibitor, then rubberized undercoating.

Just eight 300Fs have sold on eBay Motors in recent years, none of which have been a convertible. Good to excellent hard top examples averaged from $52k to $67k. Only 248 300F convertibles were produced. Click here to see the listing.

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  1. Tom December 31, 2011 at 10:03 am Reply

    Since the car is equipped with the auto transmission that means it has the 375 hp engine. The 400 hp could only be had with a 4 speed manual trans.

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