Chrysler Heritage | 1961 Chrysler 300G

1961 Chrysler 300G

Each model in the iconic Chrysler 300 “letter series” (1955-65, 1970, 1979) could boast design elements distinctly its own. Perhaps no other vehicle in the series could claim more elegant styling, however, than the 1961 Chrysler 300G.

Design

For the 1961 Chrysler 300G, major design elements were quite literally flipped upside down from the previous year’s model. Namely, the grille was now wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, and the dual headlights that were once side by side now flanked the wide-mouthed grille at v-shaped angles.

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A prime example of Virgil Exner’s ”Forward Look” aesthetic of the 1950s and early ’60s, this car’s trademark fins (now with the taillights moved to the bumper and replaced with indicators) helped give the car its iconic shape. But as the Chrysler Brand’s design aesthetic would eventually change, so would the car’s trademark fins. The 1961 Chrysler 300G was the last Chrysler car designed by Virgil Exner to feature them.

Price and Power

Available in 1961 for $5,411 (two-door coupe) or $5,841 (two-door convertible) — over $40,000 when adjusted to today’s dollars — the Chrysler 300G was the definition of luxury. Just don’t confuse it for a casual cruiser: This vehicle’s standard 375 horsepower V-8 engine was pure muscle. And, if 375 horses weren’t enough, there was an available 400 horsepower V-8 that redlined at 5,200 rpm – power ratings impressive even by today’s standards.

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Standard & Available Features

Often an optional feature in cars of the time, power windows came standard in the 1961 Chrysler 300G. Optional features for this car included a power seat for $102, a heater for $102, air conditioning for $510, a power antenna for $26, a rear-window defogger for $21, a Sure Grip differential for $52 and tinted glass for $43.

Only 1,617 Chrysler 300Gs were ever produced, making present-day sightings a rare occurrence indeed.