1960 Ford Galaxie Starliner emblem.
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The Starliner was the fastback sport version of it's Flagship Galaxie line of Fullsize automobiles. Produced in 1960 and 1961 it offered a great 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. They share the name with a Studebaker manufactured in the 50's and Lockheed L-1649A Airplane.
Many might think that Ford copied Studebaker in naming the car, this however is not completely true as Ford had been using the "liner" moniker on many of it's vehicles since 1954 (Crestline, Customline, Skyliner, Sunliner etc..). Characterized by their thin roof pillars, fastback styling and slippery areodynamics, they symbolized the best of 1960s Jet Age design. While the 60 & 61 body styles share only their roof lines they did share the same overall styling concept.
The base engine in 1960 & 1961 was the aging 292 Y block V-8, with the optional 352 motor that was originally introduced in 1958.
In 1961 Ford Engineers answered the cry for more power offering the then new 390 cubic Inch motor in 3 versions with the top 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.
In 1962 the Galaxie 500 (& 500XL) replaced the Starliner as the top offering.
Additionally Ford offered a "Starliner" lift off hard top roof for the 1962 convertable Galaxie which shared the same basic body as the 1961 Starliner. This gave the '62s the Aerodynamic roof line that helped the '61s win in Nascar.
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