The Ford Starliner was the fastback version of the flagship Galaxie line of full-size Fords in 1960 and 1961. .
In 1960, the Starliner hardtop, along with the Sunliner convertible, made up the Galaxie Special Series. It utilized the high-level Galaxie trim, however the Galaxie name on the trunklid was replaced by Starliner script. In 1961 the Starliner hardtop and Sunliner convertible were part of the Galaxie Series.
The Ford Starliner shares its name with the 1952-1954 Studebaker Starliner and the Lockheed L-1649A airplane.
Characterized by their thin roof pillars, fastback styling and slippery aerodynamics, they symbolized 1960s jet age design. While the '60 & '61 body styles share only their roof lines and chassis, they did share the same overall styling concept.
The base engine in 1960 & 1961 was the aging 292 CID Y-block V-8, with the optional 352 motor that was originally introduced in 1958. In 1961 Ford offered the new Thunderbird 390 cubic-inch motor in 3 versions with the top line offering in 375 horsepower. There was also a dealer option for a 6V-401 HP that came with a three-2 barrel manifold and carb setup in the trunk to be installed by the dealer or the buyer.
In 1962 the Galaxie 500 (and 500 XL) replaced the Starliner as the top offering. 68,641 Starliners were built in 1960, and 29,669 were built in 1961.