The 1961 Galaxie was a beautifully sculptured new design. So well designed, that it received a prestigious award presented by the international fashion authority, Centro per L'Alta Moda Italiana, for "functional expression of classic beauty". This new model sported an all new look with a stunning bulleted grill and rear panel design. The 1961 offered several models to include: Galaxie Club Sedan, Galaxie Town Sedan, Galaxie Club Victoria, Galaxie Town Victoria, Starliner Hardtop, Sunliner Convertible, as well as several station wagon models. These cars featured self adjusting brakes, straddle mounted pinion, galvanized body panels for rust protection and the very attractive flush mount door handles. In addition, were 13 exterior colors choices, and several interior trim choices which varied from model to model. The engine choices consisted of the Mileage Maker Six Cylinder, Thunderbird 292 V-8, Thunderbird 352 Special with 220 horsepower, and the new Thunderbird 390 Special at 300 horsepower. In addition, Ford developed a new high performance 390 engine that was optional. This particular engine offered an optional tri-power carburetion setup which could be added to the 390 engine. The 390 Hi-Performance engine when equipped with the three carburetors was rated at an astounding 400 horsepower. Ford offered the three speed manual transmission, Ford Overdrive, Fordomatic Drive two speed automatic, and three speed automatic Cruise-O-Matic transmission. The 1961 was available with a myriad of options. Some of the more popular options were the Selectaire Conditioner, Spotlight Mirror, Continental Kit, Front or Rear Bumper Guards, Hood Ornament, Electric Windshield Washers, Deluxe Mirror with Ford Crest Insert, Power Seats, and Power Steering.