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1960 Chrysler 300F Hardtop

1960 Chrysler 300F Hardtop

1960 Chrysler 300F Hardtop

The sixth-generation letter car was the 300F which benefited from unit-body construction and a new Wedge engine and the largest rear fins in the series.

The V8 used a huge cross-ram intake manifolds that ran from the inside of each cylinder head across to the fender well. This placed the carburetors and air filters at the very edge of the engine bay. The long intake tracts helped with a lower engine form factor and increased low-rpm response.

From the exterior, the 300F was completely restyled compared to the preceding 300E. New to the car was cross-hatch grill that placed the 300F logo front and center. The prominent tail fins started at the mid-way through the doors and extended higher than any previous letter series cars.

Inside, four bucket seats trimmed in leather were split by a full length console that ran the extent of the interior.

Chrysler produced 1,217 300Fs in 1960 of which around 250 were built as convertibles. 15 cars, known as the Special GT used a more powerful 400 bhp engine with a 4-speed manual.

Optional extras included air conditioning, Music Maker or Touch Tuner radio, power antenna, remote-adjustable rear-view mirror, push-button “conditionaire” heater, 6-way power seats and tinted glass.

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In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Detroit, Michigan, USA
production 964
engine Chrysler RB Wedge V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
displacement 6768 cc / 413 in³
bore 106.36 mm / 4.1875 in
stroke 95.25 mm / 3.75 in
compression 10.0:1
power 279.6 kw / 375 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output 55.41 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 185.64 bhp per tonne
torque 630.5 nm / 465 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Frame
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Discs
front tires 9.00 – 14 Bluestreak
rear tires 9.00 – 14 Bluestreak
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
f suspension Independant w/Torsion Bars
r suspension Live Axle w/Leaf Springs
curb weight 2020 kg / 4454 lbs
wheelbase 3200 mm / 126 in
front track 1554 mm / 61.2 in
rear track 1524 mm / 60.0 in
length 5578 mm / 219.6 in
width 2017 mm / 79.4 in
height 1400 mm / 55.1 in
transmission Chrysler TorqueFlite 3-Speed Automatic
gear ratios 2.45:1, 1.45:1, 1.00:1
fuel capacity 87.06 litres or 23 gal.

Auction Sales History

1960 Chrysler 300F Hardtop

1960 Chrysler 300 F Hardtop 8403137720 – sold for $103,400 2,000-Hour Ground-Up Restoration. One of Just Three Coupes Originally Finished in Sunburst Yellow. Numerous Top Concours Awards. The First Unibody Letter Car. The Height of Mopar Styling and Exclusivity.
Auction Source: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company