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THE SOLID PLYMOUTH 1960

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.


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 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. The 1960 Plymouth race heritage was carried on in the middle 60’s by Bob Kammer of Kammer and Kammer racing.

He succesfully campaigned a pair of 60 Plymouth’s under the moniker Weekend Warrior.

The example shown in the picture above is the author’s Belvedere 4-door sedan. It was recently 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.

Related MOPAR links:

Moparfins.com A new web site for Mopar Finned cars

Sonoramic Commando Band Wow, named after the namesake engine

The Modelhause has model kits of a number of ’60 Plymouth models

Riding the Bullet Movie clip of cars used in Stephen King’s USA network Riding the Bullet movie featuring a 1960 Fury (warning to dial-up, big)

The Forward Look Page Dedicated to ’55 to ’61 Mopars and Mailing List

MoPar Mel’s Classic Car Restorations Lots of finned Mopars on this site.

National WPC (Walter P Chrysler) Club Page The Grandaddy of fins club.

Vancouver Island Region WPC Club Page And the local chapter.

The ’62 to ’65 Mopar Page The next generation of Mopars

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1960 Plymouth commercial YouTube streaming video containing a 1.5 minute commercial of the 1960 Plymouth (A 4-dr Fury). Thanks to David Van Houton for e-mailing a copy back I had lost in a HD crash.

Music City Mopar Club Home Page. Local Mopar club I belong to.

Moparts.com A great general Mopar discussion board and classified ads.

Decode your 1960 Mopar VIN. This plate is attached to the left front door pillar.

Decode your 1960 Plymouth Body Plate. This plate is under the hood.

How and where to order a build record for your 1960 Plymouth.

The Texas Whale, Dave Shultz’s Nostalgia Super Stock ’60 Plymouth Wagon.

Plymouth paint charts from Auto Color Library

A 383 Sonoramic Commando engine you can buy In 1/25th scale.

Crossram Chronicles An article by Steve Magnante in ‘MoparMax’ magazine with some history on ram induction.

‘The 1960 Plymouth Sonoramic Commando Guide’ A new book by Darrell Davis giving facts, figures and serial number listings of every Sonoramic Plymouth built.

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