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1960 Chrysler 300F Special GT

1960 Chrysler 300F Special GT

1960 Chrysler 300F Special GT

As few as 15 of the 300Fs produced in 1960 were fitted with a Special GT package that used a more powerful engine and 4-speed manual transmission.

The program was initiated by the Gran Turismo Project which modified the cars for speed runs down Daytona beach. Engine modifications included solid lifters, special piston rings, a high-lift camshaft and cast-iron headers. The long cross-ram intake manifold was also shortened and fitted with Carter 3084S carburetors.

The more powerful engine was mated the the vulnerable Pont-A-Mousson 4-speed manual that was typically fitted to the Facel Vegas.

At Daytona Beach, six GT Specials were lined up and the top placing car driven by Gregg Zeigler reached a record speed of 144.9 mph.

Our feature car was the record-breaking 300F that was driven home by Ziegler and sold to collector Bob McAtee. Remarkably, he retained the car for nearly 50 years, keeping in remarkably original condition with just 11,000 miles on the odometer.

Gooding & Company will offer record-breaking GT-Special at their upcoming Amelia Island Sale and describe it:

“According to the consignor, this 300 F GT Special has been perfectly preserved, is in original unrestored condition, has accumulated only 11,000 miles, and shows no sign of damage. Included with this car are the original Goodyear Blue Streak racing tires and a wealth of documentation.”

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In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Detroit, Michigan, USA
production 15
engine Chrysler RB Wedge V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Cast Iron
fuel feed 2 Carter 3084S Carburetors
displacement 6768 cc / 413 in³
bore 106.36 mm / 4.1875 in
stroke 95.25 mm / 3.75 in
compression 10.0:1
power 298.3 kw / 400 bhp @ 5200 rpm
specific output 59.1 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 198.02 bhp per tonne
torque 630.5 nm / 465 ft lbs @ 3600 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 Pont-A-Mousson 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.35:1, 1.96:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1
top speed ~241.35 kph / 150 mph
fuel capacity 87.06 litres or 23 gal.