• Powered by “Y-Code” 352 Interceptor Special high-performance V-8
• Handsome restoration of Ford’s first factory-built supercar
• Very well-restored and nicely equipped with power features
• Top convertible body style; “Continental” Kit and dual spotlights
• Outstanding colors, presence, and presentation throughout
352 Interceptor Special (Y-Code) V-8 engine, 360 BHP, single Holley four-barrel carburetor, Cruise-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and sway bar, semi-floating rear axle with variable-rate semi-elliptic leaf springs, and hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 119"
Completely redesigned, the new-for-1960 Ford full-size models featured clean and crisp bodylines that would last for just one model year, yet continue to influence Dearborn’s styling direction with gradual refinements and updates through 1964. Given the remarkable sales success achieved by the top level Galaxie of 1959, initially a subseries of the Fairlane 500 series, the Galaxie returned and was given unique series placement within Ford’s product hierarchy for 1960. Consequently, the Fairlane 500 was moved down one level, and the Fairlane now replaced the Custom 300 as the base trim level. All three Ford model lines for 1960 – comprising the full-size cars, luxurious Thunderbird, and thrifty Falcon – made their public debut on October 8, 1959. Available with six-cylinder power or a range of V-8 engines, the Galaxie line was available in practical four-door Town Sedan and Town Victoria, plus two-door club Sedan form, with the two-door hardtop Starliner and convertible Sunliner the clear stylistic leaders.
While Ford performance had fallen by the wayside somewhat since the American Manufacturers’ Association (AMA) racing ban was enacted during 1957, Edsel Ford II was not about to allow archrival Chevrolet to take over the growing youth market without a fight. The first sign of a performance revival at Ford came in the form of the powerful new-generation “FE” – short for “Ford Edsel” – V-8 engine family debuted in 1958 in 332 and 352 cubic-inch displacements. Based on Ford’s revolutionary new “thin-wall” casting process combining high strength with lighter weight than competing engines, the FE-series engines would go on to power Ford’s top performance cars through 1971. By 1960, Ford engineers completely redeveloped the 352 cubic-inch FE engine into the high performance 352 Special (Code Y), factory rated at 360 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Beefed up with tough internal parts to handle the additional output, the 352 Special included cylinder heads with larger ports plus smaller combustion chambers raising compression to 10.6:1, a long-duration/high-lift solid-lifter camshaft, and a Holley four-barrel carburetor atop an aluminum intake manifold. Beautifully engineered and purpose-built, free-flowing cast iron exhaust manifolds – a factory high performance first – sent exhaust gases to a dual exhaust system with low restriction mufflers. The 352 Special carried a strong visual presence to match its output, with a low-restriction open-element air cleaner including a chromed lid, plus aluminized valve covers and bold decals announcing the hot new Ford’s intentions.
Designed to reclaim Ford’s honor on the street, wildly popular NASCAR ovals, and newly organized NHRA Super Stock drag racing classes, the 352 Special is the historic first shot fired by Ford during the 1960s muscle car wars. Best of all, the 352 Special option was available for only about $125. Featuring straight and professionally prepared bodywork, handsomely finished in highly sought-after black and complemented by a two-tone white and black interior and white convertible top, this 352 Special-powered 1960 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible is a very fine example indeed. The restoration was commissioned by a previous owner and remains highly attractive throughout with high quality bodywork clearly evident and mostly original parts used in the process. It is very well-equipped with an AM radio and power-operated features operating the brakes, front seat, steering, convertible top, and windows. A period-style “Continental” spare tire kit, dual spotlights, and innumerable interesting details, plus a set of chrome wire wheels and wide whitewall tires finish this Sunliner off very nicely. A former magazine feature car (V8 Passion, October 2006), this 352 Special-powered 1960 Galaxie Sunliner convertible is a wonderful offering and an outstanding example of one of the very first factory-built Ford supercars.
1960 Ford Galaxie Sunliner Convertible
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