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1960 Starliner

The History of the 1960-72 Ford &
Mercury Passenger Cars

For 1960, the full size cars in the Ford and Mercury line were completely redesigned and, with the exception of engines and drivetrains, carried over little from the previous year. The restyling incorporated by Ford was apparent from bumper to bumper. Up front, one significant change in styling included moving the headlights from the fenders down into the grille. The traditional round taillights implemented by Ford in the past were dropped in favor of a new semi-circular design. The Galaxie continued to lead the way as the top-of-the-line model for full sized Fords.

Along with Galaxie, Ford also offered the full sized Custom 300, Fairlane, and Fairlane 500 models. A new body style for 1960 called the Starliner Hardtop had a distinctive roofline and was added to the top-of-the-line Galaxie models. Mercury retained the Park Lane as its top model, and continued offering the popular Monterey and Montclair models.

For 1961, Ford crammed more horsepower under the hood with three versions of the new 390 cubic inch V8, producing 300, 375, and 401 horsepower. Self-adjusting brakes became standard and the power steering system greatly reduced steering effort for the full size models. 1962 saw the introduction of a new downsized Fairlane, effectively dropping the model from the full sized Ford line-up. For 1962, the big cars again had a thorough restyling.

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Two new Galaxie models were introduced, the Galaxie 500 and the Galaxie XL. The XL was a performance oriented version of the Galaxie and included a floor shifter and bucket seats. The Starliner 2 door hardtop was eliminated as an optional body style and Ford was poised to make its impact felt in the Detroit horsepower wars of the era.

In 1963, Ford offered even more engine choices and with them, more horsepower. The 406 cubic inch V8 was available with options that offered 385 or 405 horsepower, and the 427 cubic inch V8 boasted a staggering 410 or 425 horsepower. Both small block and big block V8's were available. Ford had a record production year with 1.5 million vehicles built. 1963 also saw new options available from Mercury. One notable style change, exclusive to Mercury, was the introduction of the “Breezeway” roof. The overhanging rear roofline held a rear window with a center section that could be electronically lowered to provide ventilation and create an open cab atmosphere.

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Galaxie received new sheet metal for 1964 and the Custom 300 was retired and replaced by the Custom and Custom 500. The 406 cubic inch V8 was also retired for 1964.
The advertising slogan for 1965 full size Fords was, "Newest Since 1949." For the first time, big Fords used coil springs at the rear axle. 1965 also saw the introduction at mid-year of the top-of-the-line LTD. Performance remained a high priority in 1965 and into 1966. One available Ford engine of this era would reach legendary status, the SOHC 427. The “Single Over Head Cam” engine, or “Cammer,” was available in two versions, each offering over 600 horsepower. These two engines were not installed at the factory, but were available from the parts department of your local Ford dealer. Primarily developed for a racing application, the SOHC 427 was more than a handful on the road.

In 1966, the performance-oriented 7-Litre, boasting 345 horsepower from 428 cubic inches, was unleashed for a one-year run. The full size Fords received what at first glance looked like some modest appearance revisions for 1966, however, the fenders, doors, and quarter panels were actually entirely different designs from 1965. For its part, Mercury dropped the “Breezeway” overhanging roof design in favor of a cleaner, sleeker roofline.

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1967 was the last year without Federal safety and emissions regulations. Despite new features for the big Fords that included fingertip speed control, 8 track tape players, and SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic transmissions, sales declined. 1968 was the "Ford has a better idea" year. The Federal regulations were evident in every model and line from Ford Galaxie to Mercury Marquis. The 302 V8 was introduced.
For 1969, Ford’s new slogan was, "The going thing." The 351 "Windsor," produced in Ford's Canadian plant, made its debut, and the chassis and suspension were almost unchanged. A few styling changes, including longer hoods and shorter rear decks, altered the appearance of the big Fords and Mercurys. A new top-of-the-line series called the Brougham was added and the XL convertible and "Sportsroof" fastback hardtop were big sellers. The muscle car version of these models sported the four-barrel 429 cubic inch V8.
For 1971, the big Fords were restyled again. The XL series was discontinued but its convertible was moved to the LTD series. Front disc brakes were now standard equipment. 1972 was the last year Ford offered full size convertibles.

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If you are contemplating the restoration of one of these classic full size Fords or vintage Mercurys, or are already deep into a restoration, or are proudly driving your restored classic, MAC's can help you. MAC's has been supplying a complete line of obsolete parts, accessories, supplies, manuals, and literature for Ford restorers since 1978. Our current 1960-1972 Ford and Mercury Passenger parts catalog lists over 8,200 parts. It is fully illustrated and contains part numbers, prices, descriptions, quantities required, and years of application. The catalog is free if you own a 1960-1972 Ford or Mercury passenger car. Outside the U.S. we do require a payment of $5.00 U.S. to cover the cost of postage.

 

Restore your Ford Galaxie, Galaxie 500, Galaxie 500 XL, Galaxie 500 LTD, Galaxie 7 Litre, Galaxie Special, Station Wagon, Ranch Wagon, Country Squire, Country Sedan, Custom Ranch Wagon, Mainliner, Custom, Custom 500, LTD, XL LTD Brougham or Mercury Monterey, Monterey Custom, Monterey Custom S55, Montclair, Meteor, Meteor 600, Meteor 800, Meteor Custom, Meteor S33, Park Lane, Commuter, Colony Park, Brougham, Marquis, Marauder, Marauder X-100, or Marquis Brougham with classic, vintage parts from MAC’s Antique Auto Parts. We carry restoration parts for 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972 Fords and Mercurys.