1960s Classic Cars
In the 1960s, the United States battled with overseas manufacturers for market share, and models introduced in this era ranged from compact cars to muscle cars. Learn about hundreds of cars from the 1960s.
1960-1961 AMC/Rambler Ambassador
Introduction to the 1965-1967 AMC Marlin
1968-1969 Buick Skylark & Gran Sport
1960 Buick Electra
1961-1962 Buick Electra
Introduction to 1967-1969 Cadillac Eldorado
1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport
1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa and Monza
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1962, 1963, 1964 Dodge Standard
1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 Dodge Dart GT
1965-1966 Dodge Polara 500/Monaco & Monaco 500
1964, 1965, 1966 Ford Thunderbird
1960 Ford Thunderbird
1969 Ford Cobra & Talladega
1964, 1965, 1966 Imperial
1963-1970 Lincoln Limousine
1961 Lincoln Continental
1964-1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone
1966-1967 Oldsmobile 4-4-2
1968-1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds
1962, 1963, 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury
1967-1968 Plymouth Sport Fury and VIP
1968-1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite and GTX
1967 Pontiac Firebird Sprint
1967, 1968, 1969 Pontiac Firebird
1968 Pontiac Firebird 350
1965-1966 Rambler Ambassador
1963-1964 Studebaker Avanti
1960 Studebaker Lark
1962-1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk
1969 Shelby GT-350 & GT-500
1967-1968 Shelby GT-350 & GT-500
1965-1966 Shelby GT-350
Mustang not only gained a facelift in 1969, but also its own hot versions, the Mach 1 and Boss 302/429. Tradition demanded that Shelby Mustangs, including the 1969 Shelby GT-350 and GT-500 be somewhat faster, but it wasn't going to be easy.
Mustang put on weight and inches for 1967, and the Shelby followed suit. To keep the car's weight down and its appearance distinctive, Shelby designers created a custom fiberglass front end to complement the production Mustang's longer bonnet.
It's amazing what steady cultivating can do -- with a few interim changes, Plymouth's disappointing 1962 "standards" roared back with the 1968-1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite and GTX. These models soon sold more than a quarter-million copies.
The 1967 Pontiac Firebird Sprint came onto the automotive scene a little later than Chevrolet's Camaro, but when the Firebird arrived, it came on strong. Learn more about the 1967 Pontiac Firebird Sprint in this article.
Being first is relatively easy; staying first isn't. Pontiac may have created the muscle car in 1964 with the GTO, but the company had to work hard to match proliferating competitors. Pontiac struck back with the fully redesigned 1968-1969 Pontiac GTO & Judge.
The 1968 Pontiac Firebird 350-cid HO V-8 engine, with high-performance camshaft, better exhaust-gas scavenging, and revised carburetion, delivered 320 horsepower, 35 more than its 326-cid predecessor. Learn more about the 1968 Pontiac Firebird 350 in this article.
Had GM division chief John DeLorean gotten his way, the Firebird would've been a low-cost sister to the Corvette. But the market couldn't support two sports car models, so DeLorean had to settle for a "Pontiacized" version of Chevy's four-seat Camaro.
By 1962, Plymouth found that it needed to regroup -- and to resize -- its Sport Fury and VIP models to keep up with Ford and Chevrolet. By the mid-1960s, a new design team took Plymouths back into the mainstream -- with a vengeance.
Chrome and tailfins were out, bucket seats, mag-style wheels, center consoles, and floor shifters were in -- and just about everybody had them. With the 1964-1967 Pontiac Catalina 2+2, Pontiac achieved a combination of power, road-holding, and fine styling superior to any other big Pontiac.
Though compacts were quite popular in the early 1960s, the public still wanted full-size cars like the Dodge Standard. The car still struggled for sales numbers, but some fame on the drag strips, often beating out bigger, heavier rivals. Learn more.
Though still on the gaudy side with its creased bodysides, tapered trim strip, jutting fender tops, and rear-deck sculpturing, the Impala's lines were undeniably cleaner -- ready to usher in a new era. Learn about this classic and its famous 409-cid motor.
in the looks department, few would rank these as the most alluring Dodges ever -- or even of the decade. Some might even call them stodgy, perhaps ordinary. Yet they were eminently representative of their time. See pictures and specs for this classic.
Actually not due to Ralph Nader's attacks, the Corvair died a tragic death, kept in production only long enough to amortize the die expenses. But its spirit lived on as the model evolved into the 1965-1969 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa and Monza. Learn more.
Even though the new Toronado stole much of the spotlight from Oldsmobile's other existing models, the 1966-1967 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 carried on resolutely with good promotion and a strong engine. Learn more about the 1966-1967 Oldsmobile 4-4-2.