Can You Tell If These 60s Cars Are A Ford Or A Chevy?

By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

Can you spot the difference between a Corvette and a Camaro, or a Mustang and a Monza? Know the difference between a Fairlane and a Falcon? Take this quiz to see if you can match these classic '60s rides to the correct manufacturer!

The 1960s represents the end of an era for American automakers. By the '70s, tightening emissions standards, improved safety standards and fuel shortages changed the way cars were built -- and also opened the door for competition from foreign automakers. The years between 1960 and 1969, were an era of freedom, success and experimentation that companies like Ford and Chevy would never see again. 

This innovative time saw both of these companies pushing the envelope to capture a greater share of the U.S. car market, developing new vehicles that included the full-size Bel Air, mid-size Chevelle or Nova, and speedy pony cars like the Mustang and Camaro -- both of which came complete with a surprising number of special and limited edition models.

If we show you an image of a '60s car, do you think you can match it to the correct maker? Take our quiz to prove it!

Produced in three different generations between 1960 and 1970, the Ford Falcon was available in wagon, sedan and convertible models. The huge success of this classic Ford was partially due to ads featuring Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

Ford manufactured the mid-sized Torino from 1968 to 1976. Named for the city of Torino, Italy, the car started as an upscale trim package on the Ford Fairlane before it was made into an independent model in the '70s.

In case you were wondering, yes, Corvair is a portmanteau of Corvette and Bel Air -- two other top Chevy models from the '60s. The Corvair, which was unusual for its rear-mounted, air-cooled engine, came in sedan, wagon, and pickup models, as well as in the form of a smaller coupe or convertible.

The Chevy II was a simple compact when it came out in 1962. Sales grew over the decade, and by 1965, the Chevy II had transformed into a muscle car of sorts. In 1969, it was renamed the Nova.

Named for Henry Ford's own Fair Lane estate in Michigan, the Ford Fairlane was in production from 1955 to 1970. It started out as a full-size before it was shrunk down in the '60s. A variant known as the Fairlane Thunderbolt was a hot car for drag racers during the decade.

Ford introduced the full-sized Galaxie in 1959, and continued to make the vehicle through the mid-'70s. Designed to take on the Chevy Impala, the Galaxie was named to take advantage of the space race mania of the period.

The Chevelle became the only completely new American car introduced in 1964 when it rolled off of Chevy's assembly line. The vehicle was a huge success, and a 1966 redesign gave the car a classic coke-bottle shape.

Produced between 1958 and 1972, the full-size Biscayne was designed as an affordable alternative to other Chevys, like the Bel Air or Impala. The car was named for Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida.

The Ford Thunderbird is often considered one of the company's first examples of a personal luxury car. Introduced in 1955, it famously got a second row in 1958, and overall, the vehicle grew larger through the '70s.

Ever wondered who came up with the coupe utility -- those sedans with a pickup bed added on the back? Thank Ford, who popularized the concept with the Ranchero. Introduced in 1957 and built on a station wagon base, it was a top seller through the '70s.

Chevy produced the full-size Bel Air between 1950 and 1975. The second generation got a body revamp starting in 1960, and the car was totally restyled for a third generation release in 1965.

The Ford Country Sedan is a classic station wagon produced throughout the '60s. Designed to carry up to nine passengers, the wagon was a mid-range offering by Ford that was designed to appeal to families.

Ford went wild making special editions Mustangs in the '60s, including this Mach I model. Available starting in '69, this high-end performance package was one of a whopping six Mustang editions introduced that year.

The Ranch Wagon was Ford's budget station wagon option for buyers in the '60s. It started as a full-size and got a major overhaul in 1968, complete with a dual-action Magic Doorgate.

The Chevy Kingswood was a four-door station wagon known for its classic late '50s and early '60s styling. This long and low vehicle came with distinctive cat's eye taillights and a pair of stylish fins. When it was reintroduced in 1969, it had a whole different look based on the Chevy Impala.

The Malibu started off as a top-of-the-line trim model on the Chevelle when it was introduced in 1964. By 1978, the name was being used on an independent Chevy model.

The Ford Mustang started the pony car revolution when it came out in 1964 -- with a price tag of just around $2,400! it inspired other '60s classics like the Camaro and Challenger.

The Chevy Townsman was produced between 1953 and 1957, then was brought back in '69 for a new generation of Chevy fans. Designed to hold up to nine passengers, it served as a mid-range option between the Chevy Brookwood and Kingswood models.

Named for an African antelope, the Impala was a full-size Chevy produced throughout the '60s. By 1965, it ranked among the best-selling cars in the U.S.

Ford produced the Fairlane Cobra for only a single year -- 1969. This mid-size fastback was renamed the Torino Cobra the following year.

Introduced in 1961, the Econoline, or E-series, was a full-size Ford model produced all the way through 2014. Available in cargo and passenger van models, a second generation release in 1968 resulted in a heavier-duty three-door version of the E-series.

Ford introduced the fourth generation of the F-series pickup in 1960. This generation was the first half-ton F-100 to sport a Ranger special option, complete with bucket seats. A 1967 remodel resulted in an F-100 that was wider and heavier, with more trim and fitting options.

The Caprice began as a luxury trim option on the Chevy Impala before it became an independent model. Chevy sold more than 1 million Caprice units in 1965 alone, and the vehicle ended up being one of the best-selling models of the decade.

Ford produced the Bronco SUV between 1966 and 1996. Designed to compete with Jeep and International Harvester, all Broncos initially came with four-wheel drive to appeal to off-road enthusiasts.

Chevy produced its beloved C/K line of pickups between 1959 and 2000 before replacing the line withe the Silverado. The C-10 was a half-ton truck, and in the '60s, it was also known as the Apache, based on an older Chevy naming system.

Ford was ready to celebrate when the Mustang was chosen as the pace car for the 1965 Indy 500. To mark the occasion, the company produced around 200 replica hardtops, all white with blue and white interiors, complete with pace car logos.

Monza was an upscale trim model introduced in 1961 as an option to the Chevy Corvair. This luxury compact came with four-speed transmission, vinyl bucket seats and upgraded trim.

As if the Camaro wasn't cool enough, Chevy took things to the next level with the Camaro Rally Sport. Introduced in 1966, this upgraded model came with hidden headlights, shapely taillights and a coveted RS badge.

After introducing the Mustang in 1964, by 1966, Ford had sold 1 million units of this classic pony car. To celebrate, the company made numerous special editions, including the Sprint 200 Mustang, which had a six-cylinder engine and was marketed to women using the slogan "Six and the Single Girl."

The Mustang was so popular in the '60s that Ford went all out, introducing numerous regional models designed to appeal to buyers in specific areas. The High Country Special Mustang came in shades of blue, green and gold, and was sold in the Denver area between 1966 and 1968.

Chevy introduced the Camaro pony car to take on the Mustang starting in 1966. This classic two-door coupe or convertible was built on the same platform as the Pontiac Firebird, which was introduced that same year.

Ford produced the 3/4 ton F-250 pickup throughout the '60s. Designed to offer a heavier payload than the popular F-100, the F-250 got a whole new redesign and a new platform in the mid-'60s.

The K-10 was part of Chevy's classic C/K line, which was introduced in 1960. The K designation indicated that the truck came with four-wheel drive, while the 10 indicated a half-ton payload. K-10 models made after 1967 are often known as Action Line models.

Named for a classic warship, the Chevy Corvette was introduced in 1953 and produced throughout the '60s. Beginning in 1963, this iconic vehicle got the designation Sting Ray. The famous T-top option was available beginning in 1968.

Not all special editions produced by Ford in the '60s were Mustangs. In 1969, the company also released a special edition F-series known as the Contractor's Special. It had a rear step bumper and was designed especially for contractors and builders.

Ford was ready to celebrate after selling 1 million Mustangs between 1964 and 1966. The company produced around 50 gold and black hardtop Anniversary Special Edition Mustangs in 1966 to commemorate the occasion.

A '67 Camaro known as Grumpy's Toy just might be one of the rarest Chevys of the '60s. Built by racer Bill Jenkins, this souped-up race car contained parts from '67 through '69 Camaros.

America had space fever in 1969 thanks to the moon landing. Chevy even released a gold version of the Corvette, known as the Astrovette, which were leased to members of the Apollo 12 crew for $1 per year/

The '66 Sports Sprint Mustang was yet another special edition dreamed up by Ford. Officially a limited edition, more than 100,000 were made because the car was so popular with buyers.

What's better than a Camaro? How about one souped up by a race car driver? Racer Don Yenko took a '69 Camaro and added a 7.0 L V8 to a few hundred cars. Known as the Yenko Camaro, the car was also modified with a Stinger-style hood.

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