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1961 Dodge Lancer 770 Station Wagon
1961 Dodge Lancer 770 Station Wagon

1961 Dodge Lancer

In 1961 Dodge applied the Lancer nameplate to its clone of Chrysler's wildly successful Valiant compact. With full width grilles and round taillights the compact Lancer was stocked with the Slant-6 engine, and for a performance upgrade could be equipped with Chrysler's Hyper Pak parts kit.

The Lancer was available in two series: the 170 and 770 each with 2-door, 4-door and 4 door station wagons. The 3-speed manual transmission and the 170-cid Slant Six engine were standard.   Options included a push button transistor radio, safety padded dash, push button heater and defroster, variable speed wipers, 3-speed push button automatic, outside rear view mirror, whitewall tires, wheel covers, back-up lights and bumper guards for the front and rear.

1961 Dodge Lancer Factory Specifications & Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price
Shipping Weight
Total Production
Lancer 170 Series
711 L41 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,069 2,595 lbs Note 1
713 L21 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,007 2,585 lbs Note 1
756 L45 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,382 2,760 lbs Note 1
Lancer 770 Series
733 H41 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,154 2,605 lbs Note 2
732 H23 4 dr Hardtop Coupe - 6P $2,181 2,595 lbs Note 2
731 N/A 2 dr Sport Coupe - 6P $2,092 N/A Note 2
776 H45 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,466 2,775 lbs Note 2

Note:

1. Model year production for Dodge Lancer's was 74,773. A total of 20,800 were Lancer 170s. Station wagon production totaled 9,700. Individaul breakdowns are not available.
2. Model year production for Dodge Lancer's was 74,773. A total of 44,300 were Lancer 770s. Station wagon production totaled 9,700. Individaul breakdowns are not available.

Side Note:

In 1961, Lancer production included 12,637 two-door sedans; 44,884 four-door sedans; 7,552 two-door hardtops; 9,720 station wagons. No individual breakdowns are available for body styles.

Chassis Specifications

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Lancer 106.5 in 188.8 in 72.3 in 56 in 55.5 in 6.50 x 13

 

1961 Dodge VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were stamped on a metal plate on the left front door body hinge post.
 
First Symbol - Model/Engine
4 = Dart - six cylinder 7 = Lancer - six cylinder
5 = Dodge - V8  
Second Symbol - Series
1 = Seneca/Lancer 170 6 = Pioneer station wagon
2 = Pioneer 7 = Polara station wagon
3 = Phoenix/Lancer 770 8 = Taxicab
4 = Polara 9 = Police Special
5 = Seneca/ Lancer 170 Station Wagon 0 = Fleet car
Third Symbol - Year
1 = 1961
Fourth Symbol - Assembly Plant
2 = Dodge Main 6 = Newark, DE
3 = Detroit (Jefferson) 7 = St. Louis, MO
5 = Los Angeles, CA  
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

 

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