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1961 Ford Fairlane
Introduced in 1961 was the optional 390 V-8 engine

1961 Ford Fairlane

Redesigned again for 1961 the Ford Fairlane models were again the base trim level and were made slightly shorter and lighter, and tastefully designed with a concave grille, reshaped hood, more rounded body sides, large, round taillamps. Big news was the introduction of the optional 390 V8 option with either 375 or 401 hp.

 

 

 

1961 Ford Fairlane Production and Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Fairlane Six-Cyl Series
N/A 32 4 Dr Town Sedan $2,315 3,585 lbs Note 2
N/A 31 2 Dr Club Sedan $2,261 3,487 lbs Note 3
Fairlane V-8 Series
N/A 32 4 Dr Town Sedan $2,431 3,683 lbs Note 2
N/A 31 2 Dr Club Sedan $2,377 3,685 lbs Note 3
Fairlane 500 Six-Cyl Series
N/A 42 4 Dr Town Sedan $2,430 3,593 lbs Note 4
N/A 41 2 Dr Club Sedan $2,376 3,502 lbs Note 5
Fairlane 500 V-8 Series
N/A 42 4 Dr Town Sedan $2,546 3,691 lbs Note 4
N/A 41 2 Dr Club Sedan $2,492 3,600 lbs Note 5

Notes:
  1. Total series output was 164,132 units including both Fairlane sixes and V-8s. Total series output was 141,385 units including both Fairlane 500 sixes and V-8s.
  2. Production was counted by body style only. 66,924 Total.
  3. Production was counted by body style only. 97,208 Total.
  4. Production was counted by body style only. 98,917 Total.
  5. Production was counted by body style only. 42,468 Total.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Fairlane 119 in 209.9 in Not Available 61 in 60 in 7.50 x 14

Vin Number Decoding - 1960 - 1969 Ford (All Models)

Location: stamped on top upper flange of left front fender apron. Located on top of dash visible through windshield. On lock face of left front door.
 
First Symbol - Year
0 = 1960 1 = 1961 2 = 1962 3 = 1963 4 = 1964 5 = 1965 6 = 1966 7 = 1967 8 = 1968 9 = 1969
Second Symbol - Assembly Plant
A = Atlanta L = Michigan Truck
B = Oakville N = Norfolk
C = Ontario P = Twin Cities
D = Dallas R = San Jose
E = Mahwah S = Pilot Plant
F = Dearborn T = Metuchen
G = Chicago U = Louisville
H = Lorain W = Wayne
J = Los Angeles Y = Wixom
K = Kansas City Z = St. Louis
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Series
01 = Mustang 2 Dr Hardtop 51 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Custom)
02 = Mustang 2 Dr Fastback 52 = Ford 2 Dr Sedan (Custom 500)
03 = Mustang 2 Dr Convertible 53 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Custom 500)
10 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan 54 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Galaxie 500)
11 = Falcon 4 Dr Sedan 55 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback (Galaxie 500)
12 = Falcon Station Wagon 56 = Ford 4 Dr Hardtop (Galaxie 500)
20 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan (Futura) 57 = Ford Convertible (Galaxie 500)
21 = Falcon 4 Dr Sedan (Futura) 58 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop (Galaxie 500)
22 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan (Bucket Seats) 60 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback (XL)
23 = Falcon Station Wagon (Futura) 61 = Ford Convertible (XL)
30 = Fairlane 2 Dr Hardtop 62 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop (LTD)
31 = Fairlane 4 Dr Sedan 63 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback Coupe
32 = Fairlane Station Wagon 64 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (LTD)
33 = Fairlane 2 Dr Hardtop (500) 65 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop Coupe
34 = Fairlane 4 Dr Sedan (500) 66 = Ford 4 Dr Hardtop (LTD)
35 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500) 70 = Ford Station Wagon (Ranch Wagon - 6P)
36 = Fairlane Convertible (500) 71 = Ford Station Wagon (Custom 500 Ranch Wagon - 6P)
37 = Fairlane Station Wagon (500) 72 = Ford Station Wagon (Custom 500 Ranch Wagon - 10P)
38 = Fairlane Station Wagon (Squire) 73 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire - 6P)
40 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500 XL) 74 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Sedan - 10P)
41 = Fairlane Convertible (500 XL) 75 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire -6P)
42 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500 GT) 76 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire -10P)
43 = Fairlane Convertible (500 GT) 76 = Fairlane Convertible
47 = Fairlane Ranchero 83 = Thunderbird 2 Dr Hardtop
48 = Fairlane Ranchero (500) 84 = Thunderbird 2 Dr Hardtop (Landau)
49 = Fairlane Ranchero (GT) 87 = Thunderbird 4 Dr Hardtop (Landau)
Fifth Symbol - Engine
A = 8-289 Q = 8-427
B = 6-240 R = 8-427
C = 8-289 S = 8-390
E = 6-240 T = 6-200
F = 8-260 U = 6-170
J = 8-302 V = 6-240
K = 8-289 W = 8-427
L = 8-221 X = 8-352
M = 8-390 Y = 8-390
N = 8-429 Z = 8-390
P = 8-428  
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Starting at 100001
Code Transmission Type
1 3-Speed Manual
5 4-Speed Manual (std. ratio) 2.78 1st.
6 4-Speed Manual (opt. ratio) 2.32 1st.
T Cruise-O-Matic (FMX-L)
U C6 Automatic (aluminum 1 piece case)
W C4 Automatic (aluminum 2 piece case)
X Cruise-O-Matic (C.I. case)
Y Cruise-O-Matic(C.I. case)
Z C6 Automatic Special (aluminum 1 piece case)

 

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