Are you a child of the 1960s? Did you own a lot of cars back then? Or, are you just a big fan of the decade you never experienced? Quite a few iconic models were released during the decade, making it a great time for car enthusiasts. After all, the muscle car wars stared in the 60s, which was also a time of many new personal luxury cars, as well as Hippie favorites with weird features.
Plenty of people think that car designs hit their prime in the 1960s. It was after all the huge fins and other overly indulgent creations from the 1950s. Designers focused more on strong lines, simplicity, yet original approaches. You can easily distinguish the different brands and models, something you can't say about vehicles today. A number of timeless, amazingly beautiful cars came out of the era, making it easy to see why people romanticize it so much.
Put on an old Jimi Hendrix record, don your questionable fashions, and do whatever else is necessary to jog your memory of this era's amazing cars. Are you ready to test your knowledge? Take the quiz now!
Ford took what was supposed to be a cheap family car made to appeal to women shoppers, and turned it into a symbol of American automotive freedom. A fair amount of credit goes to Lee Iaccoca, who headed up the project.
The Camaro hit dealerships in September of 1966 as a '67, finally giving GM an answer to the runaway hit Mustang. Because it was further into the muscle car era, the Camaro launched with a little more polish, plus a big block engine as part of the lineup.
Chevy kicked off the C2 with a bang, basing the 1963 Corvette off the dramatic Mako Shark concept, with the production vehicle mostly resembling it in form. This model year has become one of the most collectible in Corvette history.
Hippies loved this van, which was often decorated with flowers and colorful curtains. The second generation, which launched in 1967, was heavier and bigger than the first, earning the nickname Breadloaf for obvious reasons.
One of the most iconic cars on the 1960s, the Lincoln Continental struck out in a new direction starting in 1961. One of the most notable designs was the rear suicide doors. Of course, this car also has a notorious past, because it was a convertible version President Kennedy was riding in when he was shot.
Chrysler beat rival Ford to the punch by just days, claiming the first pony car to hit the market in history. Like all early ponies, the Barracuda was simple and affordable, but these vehicles fetch humongous prices at auctions today.
This 800-horsepower roadster from the 60s is exceptionally rare, which is why one sold at auction in 2007 for a whopping $5.5 million, which at the time was the highest price an American car had ever fetched.
Many considering the E-Type to be one of the most beautiful cars ever produced. What you might not realize is Jaguar used a a racing frame for the roadster, combined with a chassis that was well-suited for road duty, plus two inline 6-cylinder engines that are smooth as glass, when they run.
Enzo Ferrari himeself worked on developing this amazing vehicle, including the 3.0-liter V-12. Curb weight came in just below 2,000 pounds, so this thing could really scoot in a hurry, which is why it was a force to be reckoned with in motorsports.
After Ford inherited the race cars and plopped a burly 427 V-8 in them, they were unruly on the track. Finally, Shelby came on the scene and made all the right tweaks, and the GT40s started putting the smack down on everyone.
Everything about the DB5 felt and looked expensive, making this what many consider the ultimate GT. The fact it starred in James Bond didn't hurt, either, nor the fact it had 5 gears in the transmission a couple of decades before that became commonplace.
While the Chevelle is usually thought of as a monstrous muscle car, the 1964 model only pushed 220 horsepower, making it relatively weak. Thankfully the 396 came along, throttling out well over 350 horsepower.
Pontiac ruffled plenty of feathers with the GTO, starting with Ferrari by blatantly ripping off the name. It also constituted a loophole in the mid-size class, so the GTO pushed about 100 more horsepower than the cars it competed against, making nobody happy, other than GM.
Most people have no idea that when the Miura debuted in 1966, the man in charge wasn't that into it, because he was convinced upscale GTs were better vehicles, like the 400GT. We've seen the direction his company has taken since.
It's pretty amazing to consider that the basic design of the 911 hasn't changed since it debuted in 1964. Evolutionary changes like the addition of water cooling have been introduced, but the 911 has never undergone a complete redesign.
Like many other Lotus models, the Elan was incredibly simple as a way to keep the car lightweight and focused on the pure experience of driving. Thanks to looks that were far ahead of its time, the Elan boosted the image of Lotus in the 60s.
Bill Mitchell knew Buick needed something to fight the popular Ford Thunderbird, so he dreamed up the Riviera. When it hit the market in 1963 it was a runaway hit with shoppers and car critics.
Thanks to this fundamental change in the Cobra's design, the Daytona was able to hit 190 mph on the track, far faster than the Cobra's limit at 160 mph. That was critical for high speed race tracks, where Shelby wanted to take on Ferrari and win.
Studebaker thought that offering this fiberglass sports car would revive interest in the brand and avoid certain doom. Long story short, fewer than 2,000 were sold in the first model year and the brand still folded up, but at least it left an amazing vehicle behind.
No American car before the Corvair had the engine in the rear, so this vehicle ventured into new territory. Unfortunately, Americans didn't know how to handle the rear weight bias, and the Corvair was labeled "unsafe at any speed" before being deep-sixed.
The Mini Mark II launched in 1967, officially debuting at the British Motor Show, and is the version of the car most people think of first. The grille was redesigned and many other cosmetic features were reworked.
This full-size car launched in 1962 and shouldn't be confused with the Plymouth Valiant, a US-made compact car. The Australian car reached the end of its life in 1981.
Not only was the Cosmo a halo car for Mazda, it launched the brand's Wankel engine, which had a long and storied run. This car was sold under the Eunos luxury brand in Japan, finally ending production in 1996.
The Road Runner was a fun car, considering Plymouth partnered up with Warner Brothers on it, going so far as to place a decal of the cartoon character on the car and making the horn sound like the bird's famous beep-beep.
AMC made two generations of the Javelin, which was also manufactured in Venezuela and Australia. The cars ran the range as far as powertrains and other equipment, and today are becoming increasingly sought after by collectors.
During the 1969 to 1974 manufacturing run, Ferrari kicked out over 3,700 Dino 246 GT and GTS models. The car packed more power than the 206 GT, thanks to a 2.4-liter V-6.
In 1965 Oldsmobile released this personal luxury car as a way to keep up with the competition. It was considered strange at the time, because the car featured front-wheel drive, something that hadn't been used on an American-made car in decades.
Ford took the 428, an engine normally reserved for big cars, slapped aggressive heads on it and the same intake manifold it developed for motorsports. The result was about 410 horsepower, helping the Mustang to fire back in the muscle car wars.
This Italian roadster had a long and successful production run that lasted all the way until 1994, if you count the limited-run of vehicles made for the North American market. You can pick one of these up for relatively little today.
The 6.8-liter Wedge V-8 produced a peak 375 horsepower, which was substantial in 1960. To help with performance in the low and mid RPM ranges, Chrysler used a "cross-ram" intake manifold.
Ford went for a squared-off design for the 1964 Thunderbird, and still offered the car as a hardtop, convertible, and Landau. The standard engine was a 6.4-liter V-8 that was rated at 300 horsepower.
The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona featured a crazy nose cone for better aerodynamics, plus a tall rear wing that generated plenty of downforce. Those two elements were necessary for becoming competitive after embarrassing loses in NASCAR.
The 2002 was a more "sporting" version of BMW's 02 series, taking the 1600-2 and dropping the larger engine in the car, among other tweaks. It helped establish the brand as fun and sporty in the United States.
Finally, in 1967 Mercury had its very own pony car, joining the increasing competition in the market. It always seemed to be in the Mustang's shadow, even though the Cougar promised a more luxurious experience.
Maserati made the Sebring from 1962 to 1968, using the preceding 3500 as the basis for the coupe. It was designed to take on American GT models, and used the Sebring name to reference the brand's victory at the 1957 12 Hours of Sebring.