Curbside Classic: 1960 Chrysler Saratoga Sedan – Forward Fini

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Curbside Classic: 1960 Saratoga Sedan – Forward

April 13, 2012

So, it#8217;s 1960. Aren#8217;t you happy the portrait I painted? What do you no? No? What do you want then?

line of questioning brought to you by Exner, the head of Chrysler confused about where to go after he brilliantly boxed in with  The Forward Look. The Fantasies of what motoring look like during Camelot years from a fifties perspective wrangled the crown from General but also boxed in Chrysler where to go next with designs.

For 1959 that doing, ironically, what Motors did for years, if it ain’t just add more chrome! And was an effort to finally squelch the niggling bugaboos that plagued the forward look.

The result were cars looked almost as chunky as the General Motors cars mocked, just when main competitor, Buick, to pull out the equivalent of Swiss knives on their fendertips, a surly face looking for a

So, Chrysler (and Plymouth) to an remembered the plot and cleaned up for 1960. Almost as clean and (except for the chunky front assembly and trapezoid grille for front end) as the original models. Dodge stuck the “slather more chrome, it more value” mantra for

And DeSoto was pretty much a copy of the Chrysler line, a few more fussy details.

But you would think, for all the hoopla Chrysler’s “return” to Unit Construction for all of its products save they would have more than a rehash of 3 year old styling themes. again, no American manufacturer was predicting the definition of 1960s we would become accustomed to.

the Squarebirds, lower trim and Ford Galaxie Sedans using the semi blind C decidedly still attached to with the same Space Age doodads of the decade. And all GM cars, although in 1959, showed (at times the transition from the curvy exuberance of Earl to the crisp precision by Bill Mitchell.

And let us not discount, in 1960, Mopars of all stripes still excellent drivers, the stout RB Block 383 sitting the hood of our photo car. Bars that no longer and the excellent Torqueflite Automatic making their 4th season as the 1960s dawned, and more and Mopar loyalists could to these 3 features as calling that made their among the most roadable in the

And, well, what has to be one of the beautiful instrument clusters to grace any car came in all Chryslers in 1960 (although this is a Cluster shown). At least cluster with it’s electro-luminiscent lighting looked part of the future lighting up the age 1960s that would be.

Chrysler Saratoga

But what of the Saratoga, not a name automatically associate with When you think Chrysler you 300 foremost, New Yorker second, Country third. The shuffling for the rest of the nameplates from the end of the war 1962 confuses.

The most I could ever figure out was like the Oldsmobile Eighty the Saratoga was a way to get the Hemi V8 in a cheaper maybe a little bit lighter) car the flagship model that their overhead valve It disappeared for the 1953-56 seasons (to DeSoto a reprieve?), to reappear the Forward Look Fanfare of the late 50s it bounced between a more Buick Century car, offering an uprated V8 in the Windsor chassis, or in other utilized the long wheelbase New chassis and took on a more Super like role of a whole lotta Chrysler for a less money.

As we know with a lot of cars, a of identity and purpose can be fatal for as it basically sacked the whole brand, along with and a few other assorted Mid Priced (the disappearance of all big Mercuries Monterey past 1960, and the “Non Deuce” Buick and the Invicta). The Saratoga would the same fate as the Windsor up a slot as the DeSoto-cannibalizing Newport hit floors in the fall of 1960.

is totally okay, as the Saratoga didn’t want its honor by the cockeyed 1961-62 models But they do mark an interesting before Exner’s vision of the got psychotic before psychedelic became prominent.

But this is not the vision (at least on a level) of what the 1960s look like. Between the Continental and the 1961 General line, flamboyance was out like a skirt. Oh but what fun it was while it

If only they stopped before we got to the 1961 Plymouth and Dodge. Jesus.

( Kudos to the the 1953 Commander Starliner is throughout this piece).

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