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Ford Galaxie Sunliner (1961)


Ford Galaxie Sunliner (1961)

Wider than any other Ford produced in the 1960s, the 1961 Galaxie range was huge in every respect. The Sunliner topped the range and was over 79 inches (2m) wide. It ran nothing radical on the separate chassis, but it did use ideas developed during NASCAR racing to transform the suspension and handling of the car. The body has a minor facelift for this use with a concave grille and stylish single side crease which developed into horizontal fins at the rear. There was a detachable hardtop roof available for the Sunliner, but most opted for the electric folding top. Even in base form the Sunliner had a 300bhp (224kW) V8, but buyers could opt for the Police Interceptor tune which had 40lbhp (299kW) and pushed the car under seven seconds in the 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint. In the rapidly changing motor world of the early 1960s, the new car lasted but a year before getting a redesign.

Ford Galaxie Sunliner (1961) Specifications

Top speed:122 mph (195 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):9.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:390 ci (6,390 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:300 bhp (224kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:427 lb ft (579 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:3,792 lb (1,723 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.24 km/I)
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