1961 Ford Galaxie for sale 101392182
1961 Ford Galaxie

1961 Ford Galaxie

Coupe Car for sale in Cumming, Georgia 30082

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Classic Car Overview







  • Rebuilt ’66 T’Bird 390 cid V8
  • Rebuilt 3-Speed ’68 Ford Automatic Transmission
  • Pertronix Ignition/New Ignition Switch/Flamethower Coil
  • New Holley 4BBL with Electric Choke
  • Chromed Grill & Seat Trim
  • New Exhaust System
  • New Battery
  • New Carpet
  • New Trunk Liner
  • New Rear Aluminum Trim Section

INTRODUCTION:  The Starliner gave Ford a suitably aerodynamic style for NASCAR teams to build highly competitive race cars.  Due to their frequent racetrack applications, very few exist today for enthusiasts to enjoy.  Truly nice ones are even rarer.

SOUTHERN CAR:  One of the best things about this car, is that the VIN number (see decoding information below) verifies that this car was built in Atlanta.  “Southern Cars” are well-known for their solid bodies and undercarriages.

1A53Z156953 VIN DECODING:  1 (1961 Model Year), A (Atlanta, GA Ford  Assembly Plant), 53 (2-Door Starliner Hardtop Body), Z (390-cid 4BBL V8), 156953 (Production Sequence Number)

DATA PLATE DECODINGBody 63A (Starliner 2-Door Hardtop), Color J (Monte Carlo Red), Trim 35 (White/Red), Date 01F (June 1 Production Date), Trans 1 (3-Speed Manual), Axle 1 (3.56 to 1)

ODOMETER NOTE:  The mileage noted on the odometer as of the listing date (08234) does not reflect the actual mileage of the car.  Due to the design limitations of 1960s era mechanical odometers, the exact mileage since new cannot be determined.

IMPORTANT IMAGE NOTES:  There are over 100 images, because we want to show you EVERY aspect of this fine classic that we can think of. THE FIRST 12 PICTURES will give you a general overview of this stunning Skyliner. But if you are seriously interested...we suggest that you look at ALL 100+ images because we want you to see EVERYTHING. Simply "scroll down" to see the pictures.  The images are arranged in sections for Exterior, Interior, Wheels & Undercarriage, etc.

LOCATION:  Cumming, GA...which is approx. 40 miles north of Atlanta.

EXCELLENT INVESTMENT – The Starliner was a recognized trendsetter of the early 1960s and is well regarded.  Just as in real estate where “location, location, location” determines value, in classic cars, it is “condition, condition, condition” that drives value. 

OPERATIONAL REPORT:  This Starliner drives confidently with excellent acceleration…in fact, those who have driven it invariably remark that “it really flies”.

Note: Because the rebuilt Automatic is a 3-speed 1968 Ford unit, the shift quadrant indications no longer “line up” perfectly.

TESTED & WORKING:  Headlamps (Low & High Beams), Parking Lights, Directionals, Brake Lights, Back-up Lights, Gauges (except Fuel), Oil Warning Light, Heater/Fan, and Wipers.

TESTED & NON-WORKING:  Horn, Lighters, Seat fore/aft adjustment (stuck), Fuel Gauge, Generator Warning Light (due to installation of modern-design alternator), Radio (some static – antenna is also a bit “sticky”) and Clock.

Note: Emergency Brake is NOT connected. 

IMPERFECTIONS:  As a concours judge at International-level Car Shows, I have never seen the “perfect car”…there is no such thing.  This car is a beauty that you can be proud to drive and show, but please expect imperfections “here and there”.  Some imperfections will be self-evident via the 100+ images shown.  But we have also shown some specific examples at right in the final image set.

PAYMENT TERMS:  A $500 non-refundable deposit via PayPal is required to hold the car for 3 business days, during which time the balance must be paid in full via bank wire transfer. 

ABOUT ME:  I am an avid Classic Car enthusiast.  After retiring from 30 years of Sales & Marketing in a Global 100 company, I began buying and selling Classic Cars and Collectibles as a collector and for friends and clients.  This classic belongs to a friend and fellow member of an International Ford-model club.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENT & CONDITION OF SALE REMARKS:  Bill of Sale, Georgia Title and Registration will be provided to the Buyer.  

NOTE:  The state of Georgia did not begin issuing titles for automobiles until 1962.  Therefore, until very recently, it was impossible to obtain a Georgia-issued title for a 1961 car.  Recently however, Georgia has begun offering “Conditional Titles” to owners of pre-1962 vehicles.  It is our understanding that ALL these titles have the following statement on them:  “Conditional Title – May Not Reflect All Liens Or Other Encumbrances”.  However there are NO liens appearing on the title, and the Notarized (Seller Signature) Bill of Sale will state that there are no liens or other encumbrances on the car.

This Vehicle is sold strictly as-shown and on a final as-is basis without any warranties expressed or implied. Even the very best restored classics will require additional maintenance and service - often without warning.  Therefore, please expect to continue - as the new owner and caretaker of this classic - to perform additional maintenance and repairs.  We hope that you are able to enjoy the Starliner without the need for an immediate repair - but understand that this indeed could be found necessary.  As seasoned collectors know, every time you start (or attempt to start) a classic vehicle is a new experience...it could be a wonderful ride, or a new repair to undertake.  That is the nature of the hobby, and this classic should not be purchased if you are not prepared for this reality. We have presented the car accurately to the best of our ability, but oversights are possible.  Therefore - before the auction's end - bidders are welcome to examine the vehicle in person.  All sales are final.

Because this car is only lightly driven locally - and is untested for long trips - we recommend that it be transported to its new locale.

We remind you to be sure to review ALL the images and ALL the captions for this classic on the right because - in addition to this description - they relate important information too!


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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Condition
    Beautifully restored classic...drive and show!
  • Mileage
    8,234 miles
  • Engine
    8 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color

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