The 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner were the raciest of Ford's bigger-than-ever early-1960’s big cars. The all-new 1960s Galaxies were some six inches longer, almost five inches wider, and nearly 200 pounds heavier. Graceful styling helped hide the heft, however with a sloped hood, simple grille, straight A-pillars, clean chrome-edged fenderlines, and modest horizontal tailfins (nodding to Chevy's 1959 "batwings").

The 1960 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible, part of the 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner series
1960 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible.  See more pictures of classic cars.

Sunliner again led the top-line Galaxie group, but the Starliner was a real surprise: a pillarless semi-fastback two-door hardtop replacing 1959's highly popular square-roof version. It looked ready to race -- and did. It also sold well, though evidently not well enough to suit Ford. A conventional hardtop coupe was reinstated for 1961, and Starliner sales nose-dived; the model would not return.

All 1961 "standard" Fords (a needed new distinction with the advent of compacts) were slightly shorter and lighter, and tastefully made over with a concave grille, reshaped hood, more rounded bodysides, and a return to large round tail lamps. Ford began moving toward "Total Performance" in these years with 1960's "Interceptor 360" version of the 352 V-8, then with 1961's enlarged 390 big-block offering up to 401 bhp.

Both were very low-volume options, making them very desirable today. As are 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner, which are finally getting the collector notice they deserve.

Pluses of the 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner:

  • Ample club support
  • Big and spacious
  • Lush ride
  • Moving up strongly in value
  • Smooth V-8 powerteams
  • Still fairly inexpensive, but growing in popularity
  • Swoopy styling

Minuses of the 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner:

  • Good-condition originals not plentiful
  • Some trim and body parts scarce now
  • Still "in-betweeners" with less value appreciation potential than some earlier and later big Fords

Production of the 1960 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner:

  • Starliner hardtop coupe: 68,461
  • Sunliner convertible: 44,762

Production of the 1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner:

  • Starliner hardtop coupe: 29,669
  • Sunliner convertible: 44,614

Specifications of the 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner:
Wheelbase, inches: 119.0
Length, inches:
213.7 (1960), 209.8 (1961)
Weight, pounds: 3,617-3,791

Price, new
: $2,599-$2,860 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv I-6
223 cid
135/1451960-61
ohv V-8
292 cid
175/1851960-61
ohv V-8352 cid
300/3601960-61
ohv V-8390 cid
375/4011961

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