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Old 07-10-2018, 05:12 PM   #101
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Here is a comparison picture or a pair of 1960 Two Door Hardtops, a Ford Starliner and a Chevrolet Impala. The Ford looks more modern and stylish than the Chevrolet. What do other Barners think?
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:47 PM   #102
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Agreed. The Starliner was designed in large part by Alex Tremulis (sp) who also did the Tucker Torpedo and a host of advanced concept cars for Ford. You can see the streamlining designed into the Ford with the smaller fireplace and the sloping hood. All aerodynamic. Don't forget the sloping backlight. Ford promptly lost something like 2 mph on the top end in NASCAR when they went to the boxtop Fords in '62. Even tried to go back after their mistake with a "Starlift" fiberglass roof to fit a '62 convert. NASCAR nixed that.
The Chevy is a rewarm of the '59 design. had a '60 Impala with a 348. Tiny little 3 speed manual compared to the Ford T85. X-frame chassis with no side impact protection at all. At least the Ford gives you some chance with the cowbelly frame in a T-bone. 2 pc driveshaft in the Chevy. Inside and outside though, the Chevy is a real jukebox. Chrome and dazzle everywhere. The Ford is a little more retrained. Sold the Impala. Have had the Starliner for 33 years now.
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:20 PM   #103
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When I was a kid when they came out, I didn't go nuts for either one. Now I like them both pretty equal.


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Old 07-10-2018, 08:57 PM   #104
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I like the 60 Chevy better. I always have.
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:14 PM   #105
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streetdreams is correct when he said that Chevrolet had an X-frame chassis with no side impact protection at all. This is what happened to my brother's imported 1959 Chevrolet Impala Coupe when he got hit on the right rear. The collision bent the frame so that the Trunk Lid popped and will not shut, as the car was now out of square and twisted. Check out the above pictures. These GM X Frames are not what they are cracked up to be.
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:35 PM   #106
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That X frame didn't stay around too long for good reason. Folks had to have special frame straightening equipment to repair them back in the day. Other than that, the basic designs are like an apple and an orange to me.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:00 AM   #107
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Another neat 1960 Ford Starliner. These cars are really cool.
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:49 PM   #108
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:51 PM   #109
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:00 PM   #110
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I know I am prejudiced, but I think Fords had better styling than Chevy's most years. I never liked the 59 or 60 Chevy's much.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:04 PM   #111
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5851a, Thanks for Posting, but it is a 61 Starliner, not a 1960 model, as you can see from the above picture.
I have added your Link for this Video to the 1961 Ford Thread. Regards Mercman <><
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:26 PM   #112
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5851a, Thanks for Posting, but it is a 61 Starliner, not a 1960 model, as you can see from the above picture.
I have added your Link for this Video to the 1961 Ford Thread. Regards Mercman <><
Thanks, I get so carried away with the Starliners I forget the 61 is my favorite.
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:33 AM   #113
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Looking good - a 1960 Ford Galaxie 4 door Hardtop cruising Woodward Ave, Detroit on the Dream Cruise.
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Old 08-31-2018, 12:43 AM   #114
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Another neat 1960 Ford Galaxie, this one a Sunliner Convertible. They are sure nice looking Fords that for a long time have been overlooked. They seem to be catching on these days, but there does not seem to be overly many survivors?
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:15 AM   #115
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Spotted this 1960 Ford Galaxie 4 door Hardtop in Homer Michigan
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There are some years I like Fords better and some years I like Chevies better.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:27 AM   #118
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:33 PM   #119
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No problem K. You didn't get to me. I've changed my mind on some cars after owning them. I can't say I have any real brand loyalty.
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Old 09-25-2018, 05:14 PM   #120
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Yet another neat 1960 Ford Starliner.
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