1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible
The Rigoli Letter Car Collection
Lot No. 4114
Auctioned on Saturday, May 10, 2014
Sold for $132,000
For 1960, the 413 now featured a tuned cross-ram induction system mounting a pair of four-barrel carburetors on a unique intake manifold with impressive 30-inch runners. In combination with a hotter camshaft, a low-restriction exhaust system and all-new lighter unit-body construction for 1960, the refined 300F continued to provide the blistering performance that 300 buyers had come to expect. In sanctioned competition at Daytona, a 300F beat the Flying Mile record set by the 300B in 1956 with a speed of 144.92-mph, while famed racer Andy Granatelli reached 189.99-mph at Bonneville with a supercharged 300F, earning a Hot Rod magazine cover story.
Style was always an important part of Chrysler’s strategy, and the clean, jet aircraft-inspired body lines of the 300F did not disappoint. All standard New Yorker amenities were included, plus swiveling front seats and nylon tires with white sidewalls. The luxurious aircraft cockpit-style interior featured four individual leather seats divided by a console running the length of the passenger cabin, and the extraordinary dash design mounted a three-dimensional “Astra-Dome” instrument cluster with electroluminescent lighting developed in collaboration with Sylvania – an industry first.
This 1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible is a thrilling example showcasing its undeniable appeal. Mr. Rigoli acquired this car in 1989 from the Brookline, Massachusetts area, and it has received a full restoration. The legendary cross-ram engine “moves the vehicle along very well,” and the engine compartment is detailed in a manner of original specifications.
The 300F is beautifully finished in Formal Black over beige leather with black carpet; it has a full range of equipment that includes a tachometer, factory wheel covers, whitewall tires, power windows, dual mirrors, distinctive raised-wheel profile trunk lid and TorqueFlite pushbutton automatic transmission. This is described as a great car to drive and show and is one of Mr. Rigoli’s favorites.
It readily draws attention and is considered the most sought-after Letter Car. Only 248 Chrysler 300F convertibles were built for 1960, and according to the Chrysler 300 Club International, only 78 are known to survive today.