Over the Top 1961 Chris-Craft Up For Sale!


The Chris-Craft legend began in Algonac, Michigan on the St. Clair River in 1874, when a 13 year-old boy by the name of Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat. It was a simple lake boat for duck hunting, but it got him and his brother Hank building a succession of wooden boats. From these modest beginnings the brothers established a company that would evolve into one of the world’s most renowned and universally recognized names in boat building. Some dictionaries even list the word Chris-Craft as a synonym for “pleasure boat.”

It would be difficult to find a nicer example of the brand than this one-year-only Continental model, Over the Top. It has recently been meticulously restored with over $100,000 invested. It is reported to be one of only 96 built and part of approximately “a dozen known to exist.” The Continental has quite exclusive styling with a factory fiberglass hardtop that is supported by nicely detailed aluminum struts. This beauty runs with a Lincoln-based Chris-Craft 430-cid, 275-hp V-8 engine. The wood and color offerings are exquisite, plus the hardtop has hinged T-tops that really take hold of your attention. Included in the sale is a new custom tandem-axle trailer as well as a waterline mooring cover. The Chris-Craft is an international boat show winner and comes with a copy of the Chris-Craft Runabout Equipment Record of its October, 1960 build.

This boat is up for auction through Auctions America, and the bidding will begin on April 2, 2016. 

Estimate: $125,000 - $150,000

Lincoln-based Chris-Craft 430-cid, 275-hp V-8 engine
One of only 96 reported built
One-year-only model
Meticulously restored with over $100,000 invested Factory fiberglass hardtop Supported by aluminum struts
Hinged T-top configuration
New custom tandem-axle trailer
Plus waterline mooring cover
Handsome overall presentation
Copy of Chris-Craft Runabout Equipment Record of its 10-1960 build

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