In 1961 Plymouth dropped the fin they had been the known for, keeping the shell of its unit-construction body, changing to sheet metal gave Plymouth a lower wider look. The Passenger compartment, engine and chassis were barley changed. A flatter rear deck lid permitted an enlarged trunk compartment. The standard V-8 engine had a displacement of 318 cubic inches, and at 230 Horse power, The six cylinder was rated at 145 Horsepower.
The Lincoln division put all their focus on the one series and two models in 1961. The Lincoln Continental came as a Four-door sedan or a four-door convertible. With a 123 inch wheelbase and 212 inch over all length. At the time this was thought to be the beginning of a “compact luxury” field.
Oldsmobile’s version of the GM medium-priced compact, the F-85 shared it’s body in the sedan and four door station wagon with the Pontiac Tempest and Buick Special. On the other hand the Oldsmobile 215 Cubic inch Aluminum V-8 had its own Cylinder heads, pistons, carburation and intake manifold. For 61 Oldsmobile created a lighter weight version of the Hydra-matic transmission. For the time the F-85 was considered “smaller” but it still had room for six.