1960 CHRYSLER 300FView vehicle description
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Chrysler's trend-setting 300 'letter' Series represents the birth of the American muscle-car in one of its nascent incarnations.
A big 300 horsepower Hemi V8 was mated to a Torque Flite transmission.
The car was brutal and rapid. Thankfully, the brakes and steering were power-assisted.
First introduced in 1955 as part of Chrysler's all-new, Virgil Exner-designed, '100 Million Dollar Look', the first-of-the-line C-300 was intended for NASCAR racing.
The 300s were incredibly successful track cars, especially when driven by the Flock brothers and campaigned by Carl Kiekhaefer of Mercury Marine. Tim Flock won the championship by winning 18 out of 38 races and finishing in the top five no fewer than 32 times.
The hardtop coupé body style was that of the Chrysler New Yorker Newport complemented by an Imperial 'egg crate' grille, while the interior offered accommodation on a par with the best American manufacturers.
Restyled with handsome tail fins, Chrysler's luxury hot-rod became the 300-C for 1957, with a convertible joining the line-up for the first time.
There were only minor styling changes for '58, and the following year the 300 appeared with a 'wedge-head' V8 instead of the Hemi.
The 1960 ‘F’ model offered a 375 hp ‘Cross-Ram’ version of the wedge head V8 introduced in 1959.
Also new for the ‘F’ were four individual, leather bucket seats front and rear, with a full-length centre console running from the dashboard console to the rear seatback.
By 1961 Chrysler's 'letter' series hot-rod could be optioned with a 413.8ci (6.8-litre) V8 producing a mighty 390bhp. Production ceased in 1965, the 300-L being the last of this highly collectible family of high-performance coupés and convertibles.
The 300 remained at the top of the Chrysler food chain for years. They always had the biggest engines and the highest levels of trim.
No one could call them sports cars, but they were big, beautiful, high-quality brutes with thunderous engines offering loads of horsepower and tsunamis of torque.
In the 300’s DNA lay the genetic blueprint for every pony and muscle car that followed in its wake.
This motor car is being sold as part of an overseas collection. It has been imported under the Bonhams temporary admission customs bond and is therefore subject to the lower rate 5% import tax if the car is to remain in the UK & purchased by a private individual. The 5% is calculated on the final selling price. Cars less than 30 years old will pay 10% duty + VAT as well as VAT (a company buying the car will always have to pay VAT on the hammer price, as well as duty + VAT).
The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, and proof that HMRC fees are paid. If the car is subsequently exported abroad within 30 days then these fees are refundable.
Lastly, there will be a nominal administration fee of £350 for processing the NOVA application, and payable direct to the shipping company. A completed and processed NOVA will provide you formal proof that all duties & taxes are paid in UK and thus allow you to register the vehicle with the DVLA
In common with the majority of cars in this collection, this vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and there is no history available beyond that displayed in our photography section.
The car will require recommissioning prior to full road use and is sold ‘as seen’. We cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality.
It is available for view and inspection at our HQ near Abingdon and we will be delighted to show the car to you and/or your appointed engineer.
This LHD auto 1960 Chrysler 300F comes with no history or service records.
The car’s odometer reads 86,973 miles.
We believe it entered a vendor’s collection in 2013.
It is ‘Formal Black’ with tan leather upholstery and is in generally very decent condition bar one or two issues.
The engine spins freely.
On the Outside
The big black beast really does look very good from a few feet away.
It still looks pretty good closer up, to be fair, but you’ll notice that there are some light, swirly scratches on the bonnet and some bubbling around the o/s/f wheel arch and at the base of the n/s door and the sill beneath it.
There are also a few scratches on the boot lid and one or two scuffs on top of the n/s/f wing.
The panels are straight, even and free of any significant dinks, dents or creases that we can see, and the panel gaps and shut lines seem entirely consistent and even.
The chrome work seems to be in decent fettle all round, as do the wheels, lights, lenses, badging and most exterior trim.
The rubber trim inside the roof gutters is warped in places.
On the Inside
The interior is broadly every bit as impressive as the exterior.
The tan upholstery still has plenty of structural integrity and is both comfortable and supportive – front and back. There are no rips, holes or tears that we can see.
The carpets and mats are in decent condition, as is the headlining. The carpet at the base of the passenger door card is coming away and there’s a split in the padding on the driver’s door card.
Elsewhere, the carpets are good, although they are slightly coming away from the centre console tunnel in one or two places.
The ‘Astro-Dome’ dashboard - which looks like it’s been borrowed from The Jetsons – is a splendidly period piece of futuristic design and appears to be in decent condition, as do all other interior fixtures and fittings, as far as we can tell.
The instruments all seem to be in commendable shape. There are some cracks in the plastic steering wheel rim.
We can’t make any claims about the functionality of switches, knobs, levers, toggles, buttons, dials or other electrics as we haven’t tried to start or drive the vehicle.
The boot contains a spare wheel and some tools.
There is some rust in evidence along the sills and you’ll want to have a look for yourself and reach your own conclusions about the extent of it, obviously.
Everything in the engine bay appears to be clean, dry and in its right and proper place.
This car doesn’t come with any history or comprehensive service records.
It must be registered in the country of your choice and you will need to contact the appropriate vehicle licensing agency for instructions on how to do this.
The papers shown in the gallery are photocopies. They do not constitute any kind of licensing or registration certification whatsoever.
We have tried to start or drive the car, but the engine does turn over freely.
What We Think
We think this very grand 1960 Chrysler 300F is in good overall condition and looks as if it could recapture most of its former glory without too much trouble - provided, of course, that the engine, electrics and mechanicals are as good as the rest of the car.
We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of £15,000 - £25,000.
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