SEMA 2015: 1961 Ford Sunliner by Hollywood Hot Rods

1961-sunliner-frontOne of my favorite cars at SEMA 2014 was Steve Strope’s gorgeous 1967 Ford Fairlane. The blue and gold color combination was simply stunning. I had a very similar reaction at SEMA 2015 when I came across this 1961 Ford Sunliner at the Custom Auto Sound booth. What can I say: I think I have a thing for Sixties Fords in blue!

The Sunliner was Ford’s convertible cruiser. Based on the Galaxie chassis, it was classified as a full-size car in 1961 and was an intermediate-size car for 1962-64. This Sunliner features twin “afterburner style” round taillamps that are very space age. With its massive 119-inch wheelbase and powerful V8 engine, this car was a real head-turner.

The gang over at Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, CA have transformed this Sunliner from a Sunday cruiser into a pro-touring G-machine! The car rides on a Roadster Shop chassis with a Revo front suspension package and Afco coilovers in the rear. Road-holding prowess comes from the Fury-style wheels by Billet Specialities which measure 18×9 up front and 20×10 in the rear. Finally, a set of Superlite 6-piston calipers with 14″ rotors help bring things to a safe stop.

It sounds like the handling of this car is completely nailed. But, what about power? Under the hood is a Ford Performance 427 small block crate motor that has been boosted up to 648 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 593 lb-ft of torque at 4,900 rpm. What’s the secret? How about a pair of TorqStorm superchargers? Yep, this twin-supercharged car will have no trouble breaking the tires lookse and spanking competitors all over the place.

Power flows through a Hughes Performance 4L80E transmission and the 9-inch rear end to the 9-inch rear end and Dynotech drive shaft.

Of course, my favorite feature is the beautiful blue paint job, which is a 2011 Ford color called SZ Blue Flame. This car also uses a light gunmetal grey in the engine bay. From start to finish, this car is absolutely gorgeous and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. This car expertly combines big power with big styling, and it all works together!

Engine, Transmission, and Driveline
Ford Performance 427 Crate Motor – 648 hp @ 6,000 rpm / 593 lb-ft @ 4,900 rpm
Hughes Performance 4L80E Transmission
TorqStorm Twin Superchargers
9-inch rearend
Dynotech driveshaft
FAST Fuel Injection
Aeromotive fuel system
Custom air cleaner

Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Roadster Shop Chassis
Billet Specialities Fury-style wheels (18×9 front, 20×10 in the rear)
Wilwood Disc Brakes
Superlite 6-piston calipers, 14″ rotors

Body and Exterior
Elegance Auto Interiors Convertible Top
Reshaped Hood and Header Panel
Modified Windshield Frame
AM Hotrod Glass Acrylic Windshield

SCAT Procar Seats
Flaming River Steering Wheel
Dakota Digital VHX Gauge Cluster
Vintage Air
Custom Autosound Stereo