In 1961 there were multiple changes made in the LARK. The hood and Cowl were lowered and flattened to improve driver vision, the Regal model sported dual headlamps. The rear quarter panels, rear deck, “C” posts and back lights were changed that year. Underneath the hood they offered a over-head-valve six with 170-cubic inch producing 112 horsepower, or they offered on all models 180 horsepower 259-cubic-inch V-8.
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.
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 sis-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.
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.