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BobPalma
02-04-2013, 03:39 PM
...I don't think I can stand it. Whew!

http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=BB0213-146941&utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BB0213_S41

gs-xnr
02-04-2013, 04:02 PM
I think I need a cigarette!


...I don't think I can stand it. Whew!

http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=BB0213-146941&utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BB0213_S41

studegary
02-04-2013, 04:04 PM
We both know an SDC guy that owns one of these. (I don't feel comfortable posting his name here. If you give it some thought you should come up with the name.)

63 R2 Hawk
02-04-2013, 04:09 PM
OMG!:!!:..................

dean pearson
02-04-2013, 04:10 PM
I guess opinions vary. Nice but I can think of at least a few I would rather have.

Dean.

SN-60
02-04-2013, 04:34 PM
...I don't think I can stand it. Whew!

http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=BB0213-146941&utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BB0213_S41

This '61 300G is a beauty.....but the '57 'C' or the '58 'D'...are the ones that are really 'IT' to Me!

qsanford
02-04-2013, 04:55 PM
Imagine having to compete with that in the sales race! At least the Hawk still had the fins.

showbizkid
02-04-2013, 05:28 PM
21107

Image retrieved and stored for future generations :)

JoeHall
02-04-2013, 05:32 PM
I see a strong resemblance; looks like Chrysler copied a Stude Hawk ;)

GThawkwind
02-04-2013, 08:56 PM
That's pretty nice, but my favorite chrysler and pretty much my impractical dream car(and by that I mean I'll never own it) is the norseman. Sunken 170 feet under water....http://www.hemmings.com/story_image/132908-500-0.jpg?rev=2

JimK
02-04-2013, 09:51 PM
My parents had a '61 Newport 4-door in black. It was a handsome car, but this is spectacular. One particular point in common between all the 61s was the domed instrument cluster that was really nice. My folks liked the pushbutton tranny, and note the turn signal selector as a slider beneath the transmission buttons to visually balance the heater controls; this took a little getting used to. Our car didn't remain with us long since it lacked A/C.

It will be interesting to see what the subject 300G brings at auction.

cruiser
02-05-2013, 07:11 AM
Hey , it's a nice car -------------------but I've seen prettier .

I guess it is because I have no desire whatsoever to own a convertible .

A friend of mine has the same car in black and it's a coupe . Much nicer .

Only thing is he put those "pimp my ride" multispoke lowrider wheels on it .

Everyones tastes are different and for that we should be grateful I suppose !

CRUISER

ken-renda
02-05-2013, 08:09 AM
300's have always held a special place with me, and if not for Studebaker, I would have some. From a design standpoint, it would be hard to beat the 53-54 Starliner or the 57GH. The Starlliner because it could be a modern day design and the 57 GH because of its controlled use of "gaudy" fins used during that period. Ken, Deltaville, Va

JEWELL
02-05-2013, 08:27 AM
It's the fins that make this car eye candy.

Johnnywiffer
02-05-2013, 03:29 PM
Cant you imagine feeling like a KING, driving that sucker when it was new? But I suuuuure would not want to have to tune it up--imagine changing spark plugs!

John

JRoberts
02-05-2013, 04:29 PM
Yep, Bob that is a beauty. This one is a knockout as well. Jamie McLeod and I came across one of these a couple of weeks ago. That one looked even better as it was all red.

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/desoto/61des/bilder/s2.jpg

Dougie
02-05-2013, 09:37 PM
All you need with that car is a vintage wooden boat to pull behind it. That would draw some attention.

Green53
02-05-2013, 09:58 PM
I would give up a couple of Studebakers for one of these

Denny L

studegary
02-06-2013, 12:45 PM
Yep, Bob that is a beauty. This one is a knockout as well. Jamie McLeod and I came across one of these a couple of weeks ago. That one looked even better as it was all red.

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/desoto/61des/bilder/s2.jpg

That appears to be a 1961 DeSoto. If that is what you came across, I would be interested in learning more about it.

G T Joe
02-06-2013, 03:46 PM
When I was about 16 , my boss at the local gas station had a red 62 300 H 2dr hardtop that car beat it share of cars back in the day, the bottom end torque was something I never will forget , and these cars are no light weights.

Johnnywiffer
02-06-2013, 05:12 PM
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s311/johnnywiffer/GRILLE2_zpsf56cd4b3.jpg

Does anyone else see a close resemblance to another, more recent treatment of a grille from a brand of car in the Chrysler family?

John

paintim613
02-07-2013, 06:38 AM
I learned to drive with a '60 Chrysler Newport whose dash possibly was identical to the one pictured. On my short list of dream cars.

raprice
02-08-2013, 10:35 AM
I agree with all who love the styling. It's one car that actually looks great with the fins. Very well coordinated design.

Rog

billslark
02-10-2013, 09:04 PM
Another one of Virgil Exner's great designs. What a gorgeous car! And the perfect color combination, red exterior and tan interior. Love the Astrodome dash in the 60-62 models. The 413 with that sonoramic intake manifold made for lots of torgue. Chevrolet only wishes they could have built a car that good looking!!!!!!!!!!!


Bill

Johnnywiffer
02-25-2013, 08:44 AM
And that little beauty sold for $130,000!!

John

JimsLeadCommander
03-01-2013, 06:53 PM
To me, it looks like another version of the Batmobile. Plus, this red one doesn't have a tinted windshield! (No shading at the top).

t walgamuth
03-01-2013, 08:53 PM
I'd much rather have it than the batmobile! Well if value is not considered!

rodnutrandy
03-08-2013, 11:52 AM
ITs Nice,But I still think my dreamcar is a 54 Studebaker hardtop.

Nox
03-08-2013, 02:50 PM
When I was 19 I knew a guy who had a -61 300 convertible & WHATTA ROAD-HOLDING!!!
He'd make parkbrake-turns on a 2-lane road like nuth'n & I just had my jaw looow down...
& the engine... 413 with ram-air that took the whole wideness under the hood; some torque!

In the 90's I had a -62 New Port for daily driver for some years & oh(OH!!!), that dashboard!
& actually: why a stick when you've gotta automatic??? ...just press the button & go.

billslark
03-08-2013, 10:45 PM
To me, it looks like another version of the Batmobile. Plus, this red one doesn't have a tinted windshield! (No shading at the top).

The BATMOBILE! You have to be kidding! Nobody and I mean NOBODY built a better looking car in 1961 than the Chrysler 300!


Bill

Nox
03-09-2013, 05:40 PM
That's something I agree on Bill!
The -61 De Soto on the other hand... with a grill on top of the grill...
There was a guy where I grew up who raced a -61 Adventurer in the late 70's; bench-seat & all, only the "most needed" safety-equipment...
He did awryte thou & the car looked nice if you avoided to look at the front!

billslark
03-09-2013, 11:16 PM
That's something I agree on Bill!
The -61 De Soto on the other hand... with a grill on top of the grill...
There was a guy where I grew up who raced a -61 Adventurer in the late 70's; bench-seat & all, only the "most needed" safety-equipment...
He did awryte thou & the car looked nice if you avoided to look at the front!

I agree on the 61 DeSoto grill Nox. I don't know why they designed it like that. What a sad end to such a great margue. Just like Studebaker, Hudson, Nash, and Packard, I wish DeSoto could have lived on.


Bill

studegary
03-10-2013, 05:36 PM
That's something I agree on Bill!
The -61 De Soto on the other hand... with a grill on top of the grill...
There was a guy where I grew up who raced a -61 Adventurer in the late 70's; bench-seat & all, only the "most needed" safety-equipment...
He did awryte thou & the car looked nice if you avoided to look at the front!

No such thing as a "61 Adventurer". In fact, only the 265 HP 361 cid V8 was available for the 1961 model year. There was a 1960 Adventurer with up to 330 HP, but the 1960 had a pleasing front, not the double grille 1961 nose.

benaslopoke
03-10-2013, 06:34 PM
Talking about the DeSoto, how about that 60 Dodge Polara from Chrysler.. They were cousins to the beautiful 300's..

Ben

studegary
03-10-2013, 06:44 PM
Talking about the DeSoto, how about that 60 Dodge Polara from Chrysler.. They were cousins to the beautiful 300's..

Ben

I suppose that you coould consider them to be distant cousins if you ignore the bumpers, grille, fins, engine size, etc.

Sdude
03-10-2013, 07:03 PM
Another one of Virgil Exner's great designs. What a gorgeous car! And the perfect color combination, red exterior and tan interior. Love the Astrodome dash in the 60-62 models. The 413 with that sonoramic intake manifold made for lots of torgue. Chevrolet only wishes they could have built a car that good looking!!!!!!!!!!!


Bill

Yes, it is a beautiful design. Exner must have put all his eggs in this basket and didn't leave any for the Dodge and Plymouth designs that year.

DEEPNHOCK
03-10-2013, 07:28 PM
Yes.... It can get prettier:eek::eek:

http://www.manciniracing.com/photo_gallery/pictures/Chrysler_300_C-57_Pro_Mod-Bjork.jpg

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRfDPL3UEBWr3_Qg4Fv-ZKTI9SIdiFv-yGqZ4HDdr0fAeny1UntaQ

http://www.dragracingonline.com/raceresults/2005/images/mantorp/Seppo-Saapola-2.jpg

BobPalma
03-10-2013, 09:01 PM
This testifies to the theory of beauty being in the eye of the beholder, Jeffster! :eek: BP

DEEPNHOCK
03-11-2013, 06:55 AM
This testifies to the theory of beauty being in the eye of the beholder, Jeffster! :eek: BP

Yeah, I know.... Just being a tease....;)
The red one with the white top looks like someone stepped on it.

8E45E
03-11-2013, 08:32 AM
That appears to be a 1961 DeSoto. If that is what you came across, I would be interested in learning more about it.

What else do you need to know about it? You more or less posted all there is to know on 1961 DeSoto facts here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?59149-Orphan-of-the-Day-02-14-1961-DeSoto&highlight=DESOTO

Craig

studegary
03-11-2013, 02:01 PM
What else do you need to know about it? You more or less posted all there is to know on 1961 DeSoto facts here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?59149-Orphan-of-the-Day-02-14-1961-DeSoto&highlight=DESOTO

Craig

I meant things like; 2/4 door, condition (in/out/mech.), colors, location, price.

Nox
03-11-2013, 04:15 PM
Maby the -61 top-model De Soto was called something else that last year, but it was a top-of-the-line -61 De Soto with 413 & dual quads & mighty fast!
His winter-car was a circa -63 Opel Kadett with cut-outs & line-lock... just for the heck of it.
& THAT is a seriously s-l-o-w car...

studegary
03-12-2013, 11:59 AM
Maby the -61 top-model De Soto was called something else that last year, but it was a top-of-the-line -61 De Soto with 413 & dual quads & mighty fast!
...

For the truncated 1961 model year, DeSotos only came in one series, two and four door hardtops and all with 361 cid 265 HP V8s. Production for 1961 DeSotos ended in December 1960. There were just over 3K built.

Nox
03-12-2013, 03:05 PM
From what I've heard a car came "only in this way" but you could always pay extra & get something more, a x-gal of mine's dad bought a car just like that "I want RED interior, it IS a red car... ...otherwise I just go to some other dealer!"
He got it: red WITH red interior.
So (not only) that makes me think 'bout the "impossible" way of get'n a 413 in a 2-door HT -61 De Soto?
Reckon it depends on who's buying...

8E45E
03-12-2013, 10:59 PM
From what I've heard a car came "only in this way" but you could always pay extra & get something more, a x-gal of mine's dad bought a car just like that "I want RED interior, it IS a red car... ...otherwise I just go to some other dealer!"
He got it: red WITH red interior.
So (not only) that makes me think 'bout the "impossible" way of get'n a 413 in a 2-door HT -61 De Soto?
Reckon it depends on who's buying...

What makes it somewhat 'improbable' is domestic 1961 DeSoto production lasted only until November, 1960. Someone would have had to special ordered it in either September or the first week or two of October to get it 'his way'. Not sure it Chrysler's production records for those years are available, but if the DeSoto production orders are separate from the rest of the line, there's only 3000 to go through where one could check the engine size and other equipment on each individual car.

Keep in mind, there were also a few non-domestic Plymouth-based DeSotos for other markets which no doubt had slant-sixes under the hood as well.

Craig

Nox
03-13-2013, 04:42 AM
I don't remember if he bought the car in Sweden, it could've been Swedish-assembled, or if he imported it, but later on he went over-sea & imported one more -61 De Soto 2-d H.T.

studegary
03-13-2013, 12:46 PM
I don't remember if he bought the car in Sweden, it could've been Swedish-assembled, or if he imported it, but later on he went over-sea & imported one more -61 De Soto 2-d H.T.

Maybe it was a left over 1960 with a 1961 nose. Then it could have been both an Adventurer and a 413.

Nox
03-13-2013, 04:25 PM
Yeah, maby, what a pity in that case, with that grill...