1960 Ford Starliner
|Also called||Ramses Concord (Egypt)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door hardtop|
|Successor||Ford Galaxie 500|
In 1960, the Starliner hardtop, along with the Sunliner convertible, made up the Galaxie Special Series. It utilized the high-level Galaxie trim, however the Galaxie name on the trunklid was replaced by Starliner script. In 1961 the Starliner hardtop and Sunliner convertible were part of the Galaxie Series.
Characterized by their thin roof pillars, fastback styling and slippery aerodynamics, they symbolized 1960s jet age design. While the '60 & '61 body styles share only their roof lines and chassis, they did share the same overall styling concept.
The base engine in 1960 & 1961 was the aging 292 CID Y-block V-8, with the optional 352 motor that was originally introduced in 1958. In 1961 Ford offered the new Thunderbird 390 cubic-inch motor in 3 versions with the top line offering in 375 horsepower. There was also a dealer option for a 6V-401 HP that came with a three-2 barrel manifold and carb setup in the trunk to be installed by the dealer or the buyer.
The Starliner offered a suitable platform for NASCAR teams to build their race cars. They were produced in limited numbers and due to their racing applications few survivors exist today. For 1962, Ford initially proposed a "Starlift" removable slant back, but the car was dropped after one race.
- John Gunnell, Standard Catalogue of American Cars 1946-1975, Revised 4th Edition, 2002, page 404
- John Gunnell, Standard Catalogue of American Cars 1946-1975, Revised 4th Edition, 2002, page 406