Hershey

5-6 October 2017

The Thomas F. Derro Collection

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Lot 258

1961 Chrysler 300 G Convertible

  • Chassis no. 8413114289

$100,000 - $150,000

Without Reserve

To be auctioned on Friday, October 6, 2017


  • Offered from The Thomas F. Derro Collection
  • Formerly of the Tom Gerrard Collection
  • One of only 337 convertibles built
  • Very rare factory-correct air conditioning
  • Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Senior First Prize winner


The seventh edition of the series, the 300 G of 1961, marked the final expression of Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look” and continued to represent perhaps the ultimate American automotive statement of the era. Stylistic revisions for 1961 included canted headlamps and a revised rear-end treatment. According to a test by Car Life, the 375-bhp, 413-cu. in. wedge-head V-8 offered ample performance with its tuned dual cross ram intake, propelling the 4,200-lb. 300 G from rest to 60 mph in just over eight seconds. For 1961, there were just 337 300 G convertibles built, with only 124 believed to be remaining.

The convertible offered here was formerly part of the renowned Tom Gerrard collection of award-winning American convertibles. It was added to the Derro Collection in 2009, via their mutual friend Tom White, and as recently as 2013 was an Antique Automobile Club of America Senior First Prize winner.

Finished in the year-correct color of Mardi Gras Red with a tan interior, the car is equipped with many of the available “goodies,” including very rare factory-correct air conditioning, power everything, swiveling front seats, and chrome wire wheels. It was recently detailed and had the top end of the engine rebuilt, and presents absolutely beautifully, with a consistent quality throughout rarely seen in 300 restorations, as typical for cars that were part of these two distinguished collections. Indeed, the car reportedly incorporates numerous “NOS” pieces, including the carburetor, window switches, and headlamp lenses, and the underhood detailing is factory-correct and exceptional.

In all regards it is ready for further enjoyment, on either show field or open highway, or to complete a collection of the finest “Letter Car” convertibles.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

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As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more