We like a good sleeper around here. A car that looks stock and maybe a bit slow, but secretly has a big V8 underhood with plenty of power to run. This 1961 Ford Starliner is a perfect example. It looks like a cruiser from the early ’60s, but under the hood, it has a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 out of a modern Mustang.
The stock 1961 Ford Starliner was turned over to Goolsby Customs for the build. It’s nowhere near as stock as it looks on the surface in the images. The 1961 Ford Starliner rolls on a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis with a fully boxed frame and custom cross members. The rear-end of the car is a GearFX 9-inch Ford rear with 3.50 gears and Strange Engineering axles.
The rear suspension is a Roadster Shop 4-link combined with Bilstein coilovers. The front end has a Fast Track IFS with C6 Corvette spindles and Bilstein coilovers. To bring the car to a stop, it’s fitted with a Baer dual-master cylinder with stainless lines and Baer Pro + 6-piston calipers all around with 14-inch drilled and vented discs.
The car rolls on Forgeline RS-OE1 wheels with Michelin tires all around. The Ford Performance Gen 2 Coyote 5.0-liter crate engine features an aluminum block and forged steel crank with matching rods and cast aluminum pistons. The Coyote V8 uses factory ignition, and the car uses modified stock exhaust manifolds and a custom exhaust. The Mustang V8 makes 435 horsepower.
The transmission is a GM 4L80-e automatic and a custom driveshaft. The car was repainted in the factory Corinthian White gloss paint, and the interior was redone with a combination of vinyl and cloth with red carpet. Gauges were updated with new units from Dakota Digital, and the car has AC via Vintage Air. Check out this 1961 Ford Falcon dragster made the same year.