The California Highway Patrol ran that particular model. If you can find a copy: Ed Sanow's book on the 1956-78 Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth police cars has a whole chapter devoted to the 1960 Mopar squads.has anyone seen a 1960 Dodge Police car never seen one evan in pics i just seen fords and chevs
The best is just the best, no matter the chassis, body combination. The 1960 Ford was a dream car design that Henry Ford II wanted, against the advice of his "whiz kids." It was rushed, and really didn't fit the chassis which was NOT redesigned to fit the new body. It was an odd handler, and it's braking performance was always up for fading. Chevrolet had a 348 ci V-8 hooked to a two speed automatic, the Power Glide, which hampered the flexibility of it. It handled well enough, and the brakes were up to task, however, the MoPar's stiff chassis and torsion bar suspension, along with the Grey Rock brakes simply outperformed everything in America at the time.DaveAdmin said:Interesting that police departments chose the brand-new 1960 tech (unibody).
As was reported by the Minnesota Highway Patrol about the 1960 Fords they had. They were given the 300 horse 352 4V engine, but stick shift. They were NOT happy with the poor handling qualities exhibited by the 1959 Fords that they had, calling them "quirky" and highly sensitive to cross winds, sometimes changing whole lanes, out of control! The 1960 models were actually worse. They also had 1960 Plymouth Savoy and Dodge Darts with the 361 V-8. They were excellent cars, great handlers and super brakes.ImperialCrown said:I was going to add that the torsion bar suspension made the cars handle like sports cars. The larger, heavier 300F and Imperials handled like they were 1000 lbs lighter than they were.
Past reports that the torsion bars were prone to breakage were greatly exaggerated by the haters.
In contrast, GM was having an awful time with their 4-corner coil springs since being introduced in 1958, even on the new 1960 cars.
An owners report by Popular Mechanics gave the 1960 Ford a dismal quality rating.