PLYMOUTH “The Story of the Solid Plymouth for 1960.”

The Success Story Of Plymouth

Plymouth sales had been riding high during the late fifties, and it was hoped that Plymouth would continue that success well into the new decade. There were numerous roadblocks to overcome, but one of those, the rising popularity of the American Motors line of smaller cars, was about to be addressed by Chrysler.

Chrysler Corporation officially entered the 1960 compact car contest with the dressy looking Valiant. While listed here as a Plymouth, the make it would officially be identified with from 1961, its actual marketing position was as a stand-alone model (see below).

The Valiant was a product of genuine American competition. Chrysler had a financial interest in a European company (Simca would eventually market the Plymouth Cricket in the early seventies) that could have easily provided a compact car to compete with the Corvair or Falcon. The problem was no one in the United States was certain how American built compact cars would be accepted by the buying public.

Ford took the approach of strict conservatism with the Falcon. General Motors held the unusual position of reaching out on a limb for a head-to-head combatant for the VW in their Corvair. Chrysler had been working on a more or less conservative approach, but wanted its car to offer some of the styling and features that Americans were used to, not just a plain Jane “econobox.”

The result was the Valiant, styled to look like a larger car, with big car equipment and ride. Therefore, like all other Mo par products for 1960, the Valiant featured “unit body” construction with torsion bar suspension in the front for a solid ride and feel. Under the hood was the largest standard engine of any of the “Big 3” compacts for more power.

Interior and exterior styling mimicked Chrysler products everywhere you looked, including tail fins at the rear, a fake spare tire cover on the deck lid, dual headlamps up front, and a push-button automatic transmission selector. Officially the Valiant was introduced as its own make within Chrysler Corporation. It was built by Dodge, but sold mostly through Plymouth dealerships.

In retrospect, the reasoning for selling through Plymouth dealerships most likely has to do with the coming demise of the De Soto, which was generally sold through dual Plymouth- De Soto dealerships. Nearly all Plymouth were sold through some type of dual (or multiple) dealer setup.

This type of marketing kept the dealers happy, as they still had sales coming in the door, even though they were about to lose an entire line of cars. The full-size Plymouth line received the same makeover as the other Chrysler offerings for 1960.

All were based on the new unit-body construction. Overall styling was evolutionary from the look of the 1957–1959 line, but came off a bit overdone and unusual.

The front end featured a grille that looked like it belonged on a Chrysler or De Soto, with small horizontal bars set within vertical groupings. Dual headlamps were fitted at each end of the grille, with square parking lamps and turn signals centered below each pair of headlamps.

These were mounted atop a much thinner front bumper. The unique styling came with the lone body side style treatment. This styling cue actually started at the front outside edge of the hood, wrapped up across the headlamps, around the front corner of the fender, then came back across the top of the front wheel opening, where it followed the wheel opening down to the rocker panel with a slight forward “kick” to it.

Otherwise body side panels were smooth and uncluttered, which was quite a departure from most other American products of the time. At the rear, Plymouth bucked the Detroit trend and featured tail fins that were as tall as any ever to be seen on a Plymouth.

Rear styling was similar to prior years, with 2- door Hardtop models featuring a unique “Ski-Hi” rear window treatment that went forward, well over the rear seating area. Power trains were similar to prior years with two notable exceptions.

The first was the new 225 CID 6-cylinder, which replaced the aging L-Head Six used for so many years. This new engine was more powerful and depend- able, and would serve Plymouth in millions of cars for the next thirty years.

The other new engine was the 383 CID V8. This powerful new “Sono Ramic Commando” engine was based on the proven Dodge engines of the day, and would prove to be quite a powerhouse in the lighter weight Plymouth.

1960 • Plymouth 60

Valiant V200 4-Door Sedan Savoy 4-Door Sedan Valiant V200 4-Door Wagon

Belvedere 2-Door Club Sedan Fury 4-Door Hardtop Fury 2-Door Convertible Sport Suburban 4-Door Wagon

61 1960 • Plymouth 1 9 6 0

Model year production: 447,722, up 6.42% over 1959. Domestic market share: 7.43% (3rd place). Base price range: $2,053 to $2,990. Industry average base price: $3,391. Plymouth average base price: $2,650. Introduction date: October, 1959. Assembly plants: Lynch Road, MI (1); Hamtramck, MI (2); Detroit, MI (3); Los Angeles, CA (5); Newark DE (6); and St. Louis, MO (7). Data plate identification: Ten digit code read as follows:

First number designates type of powerplant (see engine code); second number is series designation (0 = Fleet, 1 = Valiant or Savoy, 2 = Belvedere, 3 = Valiant V200 or Fury, 5 = Valiant Wagon or Suburban, 7 = Valiant V200 Wagon); third digit 0 for 1960; fourth digit is assembly plant code; 100001 and up for serial number. Example: 2302100001 is a 1960 Plymouth Fury with a 225 CID 6-cyl., built at Hamtramck, MI, serial number 100001. Body style cannot be identified through the VIN.

Power trains Gross Engine Transmission Savoy*/ Engine HP Code Availability Valiant Belvedere Fury** 170 CID, 1-bbl., 6-cyl. 101 1 3-speed manual S  Torqueflite automatic $172 170 CID, 4-bbl., 6-cyl. 148 1 3-speed manual $ Torqueflite automatic $ 225 CID 30-D Economy Six, 1-bbl., 6-cyl. 145 2 3-speed manual – S – Powerflite automatic – $189 – Torqueflite automatic – $192 – 318 CID Fury V-800, 2-bbl., V8 230 3 3-speed manual – $119 S PowerFlite automatic – $308 $189 Torqueflite automatic – $318 $199 318 CID Super Pack, 4-bbl., V8 260 3 3-speed manual – $158 $39 PowerFlite automatic – $347 $228 Torqueflite automatic – $357 $238 361 CID Golden Commando, 4-bbl., V8 305 3 3-speed manual – $325 $206 Torqueflite automatic – $524 $405 383 CID SonoRamic Commando, 4-bbl., V8 310 3 3-speed manual – $508 $389 Torqueflite automatic – $707 $588 383 CID SonoRamic Commando, 2 ⋅ 4-bbl., V8 330 3 3-speed manual – $524 $405 Torqueflite automatic – $723 $604 *Fury 2- and 4-Door HT and 4-Door Sedan also included. **Fury Convertible, Custom Suburban 9-passenger and Sport Suburban wagons only.

Fresh point of view Of Pontiac

The only car with wide-track wheels.

Pontiac entered the new decade on a roll. Ever since 1955, when a powerful new V8 engine with great potential came onto the scene, the old image of Pontiac had quickly been shed.

For years, Pontiac were known as the solid, dependable family car, a little more posh than Chevrolet at only slightly more cost. The new V8 engine for Pontiac was just the beginning of a transformation that would position Pontiac as the market leader on many fronts. For now, that position was an important combination of power and style.

The redesigned 1959 Pontiac set the world on its ear with the distinctive split-grille front styling and the GM-style hardtop models’ ultra-thin roofing styling.

Most would have expected the 1960 models to fol- low the hot 1959 formula, but at the time design work was underway, the 1959 models were not yet on sale, so the designers didn’t know what they had on their hands. The 1960 models were given totally clean, horizontal bar grille work resembling that used on California-style customs of the period.

Dual, round tail lamps in the rear capped off a “customized” looking rear quarter area, marked by twin barrels from the rear window line to the tail lamps. The overall look was as well received as the 1959 models, yet looked totally different.

Continued for the 1960 model year was the “Wide- Track” marketing theme. While Wide-Track was an actual product improvement, providing a greater distance between wheels for greater stability on the road, in reality the difference was sometimes minuscule.

But it gave the buying public something to compare to other products, and thus it helped Pontiac gain a competitive edge. Few changes were made to the engine line this year. The success of Pontiac in racing probably had much to do with the durability of the 389 V8 in production usage.

Pontiac, by now, had earned a strong reputation for speed and endurance, and Pontiac drivers were winning numerous races on the relatively new NA SCAR racing circuit. As a tip-off to the street car’s relation to the race car, a 4-speed manual transmission became available during the year.

However, this transmission was not a regular production option, as most were shipped to racing teams and owners. A few nonetheless found their way into street cars. 65 1960 • Pontiac 1 9 6 0

Catalina 2-Door Sport Sedan

Star Chief 4-Door Vista Hardtop

Catalina 2-Door Convertible

Bonneville 2-Door Sport Hardtop Bonneville 4-Door Custom Safari Wagon

Model year production: 396,179, up 3.46% over 1959. Domestic market share: 6.57% (5th place). Base price range: $2,631 to $3,530. Industry average base price: $3,391. Pontiac average base price: $3,063. Introduction date: October, 1959.

Assembly plants: Arlington, TX (A); Doraville, GA (D); Fairfax, KS (K); Linden, NJ (L); Pontiac, MI (P); South- gate, CA (S); Wilmington, DE (W).

Data plate identification: Eight to ten digit code read as fol- lows: 1st digit identifies the series (the second digit of the body style number in the charts below);

2nd and 3rddigits 60 for 1960; 4th digit is assembly plant code; and 1001 and up for serial number. A separate plate contains body style number. Example: 160X1001 is a 1960 Pontiac Catalina, serial number 1001, built in Fairfax, KS.

Powertrains* Gross Transmission Catalina & Engine HP Availability Ventura Star Chief Bonneville 389 CID Tempest—425E, 2-bbl., V8 215 3-speed manual S S – Hydra-matic Automatic $231 $231 No cost 389 CID Tempest 425, 2-bbl., V8 283 Hydramatic Automatic $231 $231 – 389 CID Tempest 425, 4-bbl., V8 281 3-speed manual $24 $24 S 303 Hydra-matic Automatic $255 $255 $231

Gross Transmission Catalina & Engine HP Availability Ventura Star Chief Bonneville 389 CID Tempest 425, 4-bbl., V8 333 3-speed manual $293 $293 $280 Hydra-matic Automatic $524 $524 $511 389 CID Tri-Power 425, 3 ⋅ 2-bbl., V8 315 3.

speed manual $142 $132 $89 Hydramatic Automatic $373 $363 $320 389 CID TriPower 425, 3 ⋅ 2-bbl., V8 348 3-speed manual $369 $359 $316 Hydramatic Automatic $600 $590 $547 *Horsepower ratings and prices may vary with model and transmission attachment. Other combinations possible due to dealer installations or factory limited-outputs.

1960 • Pontiac 66

Major Options Catalina Ventura Star Chief Bonneville Circ-L-Aire heater and defroster $94 $94 $94 $94 Circ-L-Aire air conditioning $430 $430 $430 $430 E-Z-Eye tinted glass $43 $43 $43 $43 Power steering $108 $108 $108 $108 Power brakes $43 $43 $43 $43 Power driver’s seat/Bench seat $97 $97 $97 $97 Power windows

4 windows $106 $106 $106 $106 AM radio—manual $89 $89 $89 $89 White stripe tires (base size; average) $40 $40 $40 $40 Options common to most models. (Items may be standard equipment, optional at different pricing, or unavailable on certain models. This chart is only a guide.

Paint Colors

Code Regent Black A Black Pearl Metallic B Shelltone Ivory C Richmond Gray Metallic D Newport Blue Metallic F Skymist Blue Metallic H Fairway Green Metallic J Berkshire Green Metallic K Coronado Red Metallic L Stardust Yellow M Mahogany Metallic N Shoreline Gold Metallic P Palomino Beige R Sierra Copper Metallic S Caribe Turquoise Metallic.

IMPERIAL “America’s most carefully built car.”

Imperial, The Quality Car Of The Decade

After receiving the all-new unit-body construction and accompanying restyle in 1960, the Imperial might have been expected not to receive a major restyle for 1961.

However, Chrysler did not always do what was expected, especially in this four or five year period. As for the Imperial in particular, styling was generally of a conservative nature, but the restyle was not always seen as a conservative move.

Controversial free-standing headlamps were introduced on the 1961 Imperial. Each headlamp was built into its own pod set at the end of a finely styled, horizontal bar grille.

The fenders cleanly swept behind the headlights, and carried a parking lamp in the upper portion above the free- standing lights. The rear end treatment was only slightly revised from the 1960 models.

Once again the Crown Imperial Limousine Sedan model was available as a custom-built model. These are not included herein as their production usually totaled ten or fewer per season, and they were considered custom-built by Chrysler.

109 1961 • Imperial

1 9 6 1 Crown 4-Door Hardtop

Right: Le Baron Interior

Le Baron 4-Door Hardtop

Model year production: 12,249, down 30.81% from 1960. Base price range: $4,925 to $6,428. Domestic market share: 0.23% (14th place). Industry average base price: $3,048. Imperial average base price: $5,549. Introduction date: September 24, 1960. Assembly plants: Detroit, MI (3).

Data plate identification: Ten digit code read as follows: 1st digit 9 for Imperial; 2nd number identifies series (e.g., 2 is for Crown); 1 for 1961; 4th digit is assembly plant code; 100001 and up for serial number.

Body style numbers found on body plate. Example: 9213100001 is a 1961 Imperial Crown, serial number 100001, built in Detroit, MI.

Power trains Intake/Cylinder Gross Transmission Engine Arrangement HP Availability Imperial 413 CID, 4-bbl., V8 350 Torque flite Automatic S

Major Options Custom Crown Le Baron Air conditioning $590 $590 $590 Auto Pilot automatic speed control $97 $97 $97 Solex tinted glass $54 $54 $54 Rear window defogger $21 $21 $21 Power steering variable ratio S S S Power brakes S S S Power door locks $47 (2-Dr)/ $47 (2-Dr)/ $72 (4-Dr) $72 (4-Dr) $72 Power driver’s seat/ Bench seat $125 S S Power windows $125 S S Electric Touch-

Tuner radio w/pwr. antenna $169 $169 $169 Whitewall tires— standard size $55 $55 S Options common to most models. (S = Standard equipment.) Items may be standard equipment, optional at different pricing, or unavailable on certain models. This chart is only a guide.

Paint Colors

Code Coronado Cream AA-1 Formal Black BB-1 Ice Blue CC-1 Capri Blue Metallic DD-1 Moonlight Blue Metallic EE-1 Pinehurst Green Metallic GG-1 Teal Blue Metallic KK-1 Sheffield Silver Metallic LL-1 Dove Gray MM-1 Executive Gray Metallic NN-1 Coronation Red PP-1 Alaskan White WW-1 Malibu Tan YY-1 Autumn Russet

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2017 Honda CR-Z: External: 6

New 2017 Honda CR-Z sporty 3-door has a striking front view of an aggressive, dynamic look and is a sedan turning point with fancy LED decorative lighting outside.
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2017 Honda CR-Z: Features:

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