1960 Chrysler 300F Hard Top

Robin Adams © 2015, courtesy of Auctions America

Road & Track magazine called out the Chrysler “letter cars” as being a very significant automobile. They stressed to their European-favoring readers that it was not a sports car, but it was the best that Detroit had to offer in its luxury “sedan class.” They succinctly summed up an evaluation as “an athletic, but lovable Amazon.”

All of Chrysler’s 1960 cars were built with frameless, unibody construction, and the 300F got a complete makeover. The new F rode on a 126-inch wheelbase, with an overall length of 219.6 inches. As a hard top, it stood 55.3 inches tall; the convertible was 0.40 inches taller. The 300 had gained 250 pounds since its 1955 introduction, tipping the scales at 4,270 pounds (hard top) and 4,310 pounds (convertible).

The 300F debuted in January 1960 and went on to continue traditions by winning the first six places in “Flying Mile” competitions at Daytona with a top speed of nearly 145 mph. As had been the case since 1955, the 300 Series continued to be based on the New Yorker platform and was again listed as a model within the New Yorker series. Standard colors were Toreador Red, Alaskan White, Terra Cotta and Formal Black. The most expensive letter car to date, the 300F hard top listed for $5,411, with the convertible going for $5,841.

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Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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