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1961 Ford Starliner Wraps 815 Ponies In A Very Clean Wrapper

We are fans of the understated around here with cars that look good without being overly massaged and worked up. Of all the muscle cars we’ve talked about, this 1961 Ford Starliner is most certainly one of the cleanest rides that we’ve seen, both figuratively and literally. It has no extra chrome, no hood scoops, no tubs for fat wheels. It looks almost stock save for the beautiful maroon paint and custom wheels.

Inside the 1961 Ford Starliner has a fully custom interior that is as clean and subtle as the outside of the car. It’s done up in lots of beige leather and looks fantastic along with the maroon exterior of the car. It also has air conditioning. The Starliner rolls on a Roadster Shop performance chassis that has power rack-and-pinion steering, along with front and rear antiroll bars, panhard bars, and coilovers. The shocks are Afco double-adjustable drag racing units.

The rear uses a triangulated four-bar system that locates a 3.90 Ford 9-inch rear with posi. The engine under the hood is a Jon Kaase Boss Nine beast displacing 598 cubic-inches. The engine has a FAST XFI-tuned stack injection setup with a custom air cleaner up top built by ASC. The big V8 makes 815 horsepower. The custom V8 is mated to a Tremec T56 6-speed transmission with a McLeod Racing clutch.

As stock as the Starliner looks on the outside, it has had some subtle body modifications with a narrowed front bumper, frenched round turn signal lights in the bumper, and a modified rear bumper. There are several other subtle body mods. The beautiful maroon color is a GM hue called Sonoma Jewel Metallic that was used on Sierra trucks originally. Starliner fans should check out the 1961 we talked about that has a Coyote V8 under the hood.

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Source: Hotrod

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Ford Fan

    Holy ****, that thing is clean,

  2. 1955 Series 60


  3. Dave Mathers

    John Vermeersch, of Total Performance, showed up at Grand Bend Dragway in 1967 with a 61 Starliner with a CAMMER towing a roadster with a CAMMER. He hurt the motor in the semis, swapped it out with the cammer from the tow car, won the eliminator, put the motor back in the 61 and drove home. I reminded him of that story years later when he was showing me his personal collection at his house.

  4. nauticalone

    Stunning. Wish there were some photos showing the interior.


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