New for 61 the T Bird retained the four passenger two door in both the hard top and convertible models, built around the 430 Cubic inch V-8 the put out 350 horsepower and the ford-o-matic dual range automatic transmission. This was the appearance of the iconic torpedo like body, the windshield no longer wraps into the door opening, and the steering column swings to the right to allow easy access for the driver.
In 1961 Pontiac hid 130 Horsepower Slant four cylinder in Conservative styling, connected to a curved torsion bar drive shaft leading to a independent rear suspension transaxle. Standard gearing was three speed floor shift. A 155 horsepower aluminum V-8 was available as an option.