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THE SOLID PLYMOUTH 1960


60 Belvedere

The 1960 Plymouth was significant in many respects. It was the last Plymouth manufactured with their famous fins ("stabilizers" as they were called in the sales literature), and the first Plymouth manufactured with "unibody" construction. Unibody construction offered weight and material savings over the then conventional body-on-frame construction, while at the same time made for a stiffer body. Today, practically all manufacturers use this construction for bodies.

The engine department for 1960 saw the introduction of two legends. First was the un-veiling of the slant six engine . With cylinders inclined 30 degress to the right, this engine is unmatched in its reputation for reliability and durability. Second was the debut of the cross ram induction intake manifold, available on top of the line engines. The Plymouth version was named the SonoRamic Commando V-8 , and was available on the 383 and 361 "B" engines. This induction system helped produce a stump pulling 460 lbs-ft of torque on the 383 engine. The initial version was a two piece design, known as the long ram, with runners extending over the valve covers. Later year versions were shorter, one piece designs that helped power the famous 413 and 426 Super Stock engines. An explanation of the SonoRamic principle is covered in the 1960 Plymouth Ross Roy data book.

On the racing scene in 1960, Richard Petty began his winning ways. Richard's first three NASCAR grand national victories were recorded that year in a Plymouth. On the dragstrip, Al Eckstrand took home Super Stock Automatic class honors at the NHRA Nationals in Detroit, driving a '60 Plymouth Fury. His winning time was 14.51 seconds at 97.82 mph. The Ramcharger High and Mighty photo here pictures a 60 Fury in the background, very likely Eckstrand's. The winning tradition continued at the 1961 Nationals when Ray Christian in his '60 Plymouth beat Bud Faubel in a '61 Fury for A/SA class honors. Ray's posted time was 14.24 seconds at 98.9 mph. 1962 saw Terry Yeazel In his '60 Savoy runner up to Carole Cox for S/SA class honors at the Nationals. The 1960 Plymouth race heritage was carried on in the middle 60's by Bob Kammer's Weekend Warriors and Bill Smith's H/SA Savoy.

Follow this link for other pictures of current and past '60 Plymouths at the drag strip.

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The example shown in the picture above is the author's Belvedere 4-door sedan at the track. It is repowered by Sonoramic Commando V-8 big block engine. The long ram on this engine is the "short" version. What is a "short" long ram you ask? Follow this link to find out. Backing the engine is a torqueflite 3-speed pushbutton automatic transmission. Safety and drivability has been improved with the addition of an AAJ Brake disc brake conversion kit and dual reservoir master cylinder. For a short history and accomplishments of this car, go here.


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1960 Plymouth Images:
Wendell Koch's Fury Convertible Sonoramic Engine in Author's car Customized '60 Plymouth at the Mopar Nationals
Petty's '60 Plymouth race car from RACEtoration's web site Tony Goulart's '60 Savoy Richard Zapata's '60 Fury Convertible w/ matching boat!
The Greenberg's newly restored Belvedere (SS Minnow) '60 Plymouth pursuit special police car Bob Merritt's '60 Sport Fury 361 Sonoramic
Ben Deutschman's '60 Savoy '60 Plymouth electric "pedal car" Nicholas Janca's '60 Fury tee shirt design
David Van Houten's Belvedere hardtop Pete Frearson's '60 Fury (In New Zealand) Ray Anth's '60 Savoy
Jack Dotson's two door Savoy Dieter Bauer's Black 60 Fury Hardtop Author's car in the on-line 'Mopar Max' magazine
Michael Charelian's '60 Belvedere Hardtop, Aqua Mist and White Frank Ayers '60 Fury with wire wheels Jim Hayes restored '60 Fury
Al Wickham's Belvedere with dual flame throwers Unusual! Terry Auld's Aussie 60 Dodge with a Plymouth dash, right hand drive Gavin U's 60 Belvedere in England (right drive also)
Sven Westberg's Custom Suburban from Sweden Bayer boys 60 Savoy Cruiser Jon Warnert's former Savoy (wishes he had it back)
Tom & Sandy Ayer's Suburban, mildly customized Jan Eriksson's Fury hardtop from Sweden Joseph Godec's Fury hardtop 361 Sonoramic, Pike's Peak in background
A 1960 Plymouth makes the Wheaties box with Lee Petty! Chester Maack's Fury at the '01 Mopar Nationals A pair of Sonoramic Furys from the garage of Floyd & Sharon Walker
A 1960 Magazine Ad Vintage Lee Petty photo Roger Newton's Hemi powered Fury at the Hot Rod Power Tour
Claudia Scott's cool Belvedere Claudia's Fury from Italy Block Haddon's ex police car, circa 1963
A Fury convertible featured on the Muscle Car Calendar site Jon Radue's Fury daily driver Adam's newly aquired Fury in North Carolina
A 60 Plymouth at Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska Author makes the 2005 Hot Rod Power Tour gallery Author's car in 'Fastest Street Car Magazine',Nov 2005
Rene's '60 Fury from Germany. Check out that stereo! Streaming video, 1960 Nashville 400 with some Petty Plymouth's Dorothy & Dwayne Miller's Family Fury (and THE car used in 'Riding the Bullet')
Michael Schmidt from Germany shows his Fury wagon YouTube video, circa 1964 drags w/ a 60 Fury, Louisa, VA Urs Tönz sends a picture of his Belvedere in Switzerland
Justin Bohmer's restored daily driver Savoy Jim Mikolajczak's '60 Fury Convertible stick Sonoramic Michael Loftus and his Belvedere
Lee Martin's '60 Fury convertible in Black Author's car, 2008 NHRA Hot Rod Reunion (From the Gasser Madness site) '60 Fury Convertible entry of Shelby Buchanan & Ashleigh Powell in the 2017 Great Race

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