Dare To Be Different! - 1961 Ford Starliner

Dare to Be Different! - 1961 Ford Starliner

Photos by Jerry Heasley

Muscle car enthusiasts often associate tri-power inductions systems with the Pontiac GTO and big-block Corvettes, but GM didn't have an exclusive on this unique carburetion setup. Triple carburetors were a Ford hot rodding staple way back in the glory days of modified flathead V-8s. Several aftermarket powerhouses, including Edelbrock and Offenhauser, marketed tri-power intake manifolds.

In the late fifties, Ford, like GM, had ostensibly quit supporting organized racing. The problem was, they weren't against the positive publicity provided by winning races. Dodging company edicts seemed like a waste of time; so when Lee Iacocca started the "Total Performance" campaign at Ford in 1961, the game-playing pretty much ended.

Cars like Arthur Decesare's stunning red 1961 Ford Galaxy Starliner were called coupes, but the large rear window was definitely headed in the direction of being a fastback

Published Dec 7th, 2015
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