American Motor Ambassador changed face with a smaller grill and a down-curved hood. Wheelbase remained 117 inches but the body shell was unchanged under the front sheet metal. The power plant was a 327 cubic inch V-8 which produced 250 horsepower.
Restyled for 1961 Fords were nearly four inches shorter and two inches narrower, the wheel base remained 119 inches and the passenger compartment did not change. On the engineering side Ford made many updates for the 1961 production year; Chassis lubrication, Brakes became self adjusting and lower body panels became galvanized steel for longer life.
In 1961 Rambler was completely restyled 5 inches shorter and three inches narrower but retained the same engine, drive line, suspension, on the existing unit body and frame chassis. In addition to the two and four door sedan and wagons, the 100 inch wheel base American planed to produce a Convertible in mid winter.