Ford Galaxie Sunliner Convertible
Rarely does one see a triple black 1961 Ford Galaxie Convertible, and whoever ordered this car from the factory must have had quite an eye for performance. The original window sticker, which accompanies the car in its sale, reveals the “390 4V HI PERFM ENGINE” for the extra cost of $195.40. According to a Ford “Management Service Letter” dated September 28, 1960, the 390 High Performance had 10.6:1 compression ratio and developed 375 horsepower and 427 foot-pounds of torque with a single four-barrel carburetor. The original invoice is important to document this engine, because both the base 300 horsepower 390 and the high performance 390 shared the same “Z” engine code in the fifth digit of the VIN. The VIN reveals a “Z” code for this 1961 convertible.
The addition of Ford’s 3 x 2 Tri-Power carburetors increased the horsepower rating to 401, an almost unheard-of figure in those days. This ’61 comes with Ford’s factory-developed row of three two-barrel carburetors, aluminum intake manifold and the elongated oval air cleaner that became so popular on a variety of Ford engines in the 1960s.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.
401 bhp, 390 cu. in. V-8, three-speed manual gearbox with column shift and overdrive, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, Equa-Lock differential, 15" steel rims with hub caps. Wheelbase:119"
Source: RM Auctions
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