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1961 Ford Galaxie
1961 Ford Galaxie

1961 Ford Galaxie

For 1961, Ford offered 16 different models to choose from. Of those were the Galaxie and Galaxie Station Wagon. Standard equipment included the Mileage Maker Six Engine, 3-speed manual transmission, Full-Flow Oil Filter, double wrapped aluminized muffler, a diamond lustre finish, self adjusting brakes and double lift bright metal trim. If a move up in power was necessary, the Thunderbird 352 Special V8 or Thunderbird 390 Special V8 was an option along with the Fordomatic or dual range Cruise-O-Matic transmissions.

The 1961 Station wagons available were the 2 or 4-door Ranch Wagon, 4-door Country Squire or 4-door Country Sedan and came in 6 or 9 passenger models. Inside, there is 93.5 cu. ft of space over 10 feet long with tailgate open – 8 feet with tailgate closed and width of almost 5 feet.



1961 Ford Galaxie Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Galaxie Six Series
V 52 4 Dr Town Sedan $2,590 3,570 lbs 141,823*
V 51 2 Dr Club Sedan $2,536 3,488 lbs 27,760*
V 54 4 Dr Town Victoria $2,662 3,588 lbs 30,342*
V 57 2 Dr Club Victoria $2,597 3,545 lbs 75,437*
V 53 2 Dr Starliner Hardtop $2,597 3,517 lbs 29,669*
V 55 2 Dr Sunliner Convertible $2,847 3,694 lbs 44,614*
Galaxie V8 Series
N/A 52 4 Dr Town Sedan $2,706 3,668 lbs 141,823*
N/A 51 2 Dr Club Sedan $2,652 3,586 lbs 27,760*
N/A 54 4 Dr Town Victoria $2,778 3,686 lbs 30,342*
N/A 57 2 Dr Club Victoria $2,713 3,643 lbs 75,437*
N/A 53 2 Dr Starliner Hardtop $2,713 3,615 lbs 29,669*
N/A 55 2 Dr Sunliner Convertible $2,963 3,792 lbs 44,614*
Station Wagon Six-Cyl Series
V 61 2 Dr Ranch Wagon - 6P $2,586 3,816 lbs 12,042**
V 62 4 Dr Ranch Wagon - 6P $2,656 3,911 lbs 30,292**
V 64 4 Dr Country Sedan - 6P $2,752 3,934 lbs 46,311**
V 66 4 Dr Country Sedan - 9P $2,656 3,962 lbs 16,356**
V 67 4 Dr Country Squire - 6P $2,941 3,930 lbs 16,961**
V 68 4 Dr Country Squire - 9P $3,011 3,966 lbs 14,657**
Station Wagon V8 Series
N/A 61 2 Dr Ranch Wagon - 6P $2,702 3,914 lbs 12,042**
N/A 62 4 Dr Ranch Wagon - 6P $2,772 4,009 lbs 30,292**
N/A 64 4 Dr Country Sedan - 6P $2,868 4,032 lbs 46,311**
N/A 66 4 Dr Country Sedan - 9P $2,972 4,060 lbs 16,356**
N/A 67 4 Dr Country Squire - 6P $3,057 4,036 lbs 16,961**
N/A 68 4 Dr Country Squire - 9P $3,127 4,064 lbs 14,657**

Notes:

* Total Series production for ALLGalaxie's was 349,665 units both 6-cylinder and V8. Ford does not have individual breakdowns per body style.
** Total Series production for ALL Galaxie Station Wagon's was 136,619 units both 6-cylinder and V8. Ford does not have individual breakdowns per body style.

Chassis Data

Model Number Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tire Size
Galaxie 119 in 209.9 in 61 in 60 in 7.50 x 14
Ford Station Wagon 119 in 209.9 in 61 in 60 in 8.00 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)

Engine Data

Engines Displacement Horsepower Bore & Stroke Compression Ratio Carburetor
S 6-144 65 3.50 x 2.50 6.7:1 1 BC
U 6-170 101 3.50 x 2.94 8.7:1 1 BC
V 6-223 135 3.62 x 3.60 6.4:1 1 BC
W 8-292 175 3.75 x 3.30 8.8:1 2 BC
X 8-352 220 4.00 x 3.50 8.9:1 2 BC
Z 8-390 300 4.05 x 3.78 9.6:1 4 BC
Q 8-390 325 4.05 x 3.78 9.6:1 4 BC

 

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