In 1961 the Plymouth Valiant changed slightly in appearance which allows people flag this car as a 61. The range added a two-door sedan and hardtop to the four-door sedans and wagons. For an extra cost they offered a high-performance version 170-cubic-inch slant six engine was offered. All models except the hardtop came in either a Deluxe or Standard trim. Options included power-steering and air-conditioning .
In 1961 the Falcon was given a power boost in the form of an optional 170-cubic-inch of the previous 144-cubic-inch six cylinder engine. Horsepower was rated as 90 and 112 respectively. Visually the kept the same Body and chassis, only changing the grille.
Mercury shared the same basic body and chassis with ford for 1961 as well as the 292 and 352 cubic-inch V-8 engines. In 61 Mercury offers a first in their 21 hear history – a six-cylinder engine. A unique variation of the coil-and-leaf-spring suspension system, exclusive with Mercury used movable rubber-bushed shackles to absorb ride harshness on rough roads.
The Senior Pontiac’s came with a wider frame to match their wide track and new bodies in 1961. They were well known for legroom front and back with the larger box frame. Wheelbase became 119 and 123 inches, the basic engine remained the big 389-cubic-inch displacement V-8 putting out 215 horsepower.
In 1961 Plymouth dropped the fin they had been the known for, keeping the shell of its unit-construction body, changing to sheet metal gave Plymouth a lower wider look. The Passenger compartment, engine and chassis were barley changed. A flatter rear deck lid permitted an enlarged trunk compartment. The standard V-8 engine had a displacement of 318 cubic inches, and at 230 Horse power, The six cylinder was rated at 145 Horsepower.
The Lincoln division put all their focus on the one series and two models in 1961. The Lincoln Continental came as a Four-door sedan or a four-door convertible. With a 123 inch wheelbase and 212 inch over all length. At the time this was thought to be the beginning of a “compact luxury” field.