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.

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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.

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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.

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The 1968-1969 Buick Skylark & Gran Sport debuted with a brand new body, but not everyone loved it. Some thought that the new curvature looked out of place -- or perhaps out of time. Learn more about the 1968-1969 Buick Skylark & Gran Sport.

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The name Hurst was synonymous with precise gear changes. The 1968-1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds coupled the expert transmission builder's products with the venerable Oldsmobile company. Learn more about the remarkable 1968-1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds.

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Virgil Exner did some goofy things in his last years as Chrysler styling chief, but the 1963 Dodge Dart GT wasn't one of them. Clean, even Italianate in some ways, it was an elegant car. View pictures and specs for this classic model.

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The 1968-1969 Dodge Coronet R/T and Super Bee was yet another mid-size model from Dodge. One of the Super Bee models sported an engine that took up a staggering 440 cubic inches. Learn more about the 1968-1969 Dodge Coronet R/T and Super Bee.

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By 1961, production of the sporty Corvair Monza was in full swing and the car was selling like hotcakes. The model was also the source of lawsuits. Learn why you should read your Corvair drivers manual and view pictures of this affordable sports car.

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Mercury models of the late 1950s could make a sensitive soul shriek in horror. Luckily this 1960 classic was sleeked down and convertible models along with large color selections were available. View the 1960 Mercury and learn how it works.

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The 1963 Mercury Marauder was created with racing in mind, with improved aerodynamics for higher speed. This model marked the first time the name Marauder was applied to a car. Learn more about the 1964 Mercury Marauder at HowStuffWorks.

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The 1964-1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone transformed Mercury's Comet line. After plopping a small-block V-8 into the last of the first-generation Comets, Mercury was ready to turn toward some real muscle. Look under the hood of this classic car.

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The 1966-1967 Mercury Cyclone GT entered the market as a clone of another Ford Motor Company car, sharing the same body stylings and engine choice as the popular Ford Fairlane. Read more about the 1966-1967 Mercury Cyclone GT.

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As the 1968-1969 Mercury Cyclone GT came along, sales just about doubled. Unfortunately, the 1967 total for Mercuy had dropped such that even a twofold increase didn't make the automaker euphoric. Learn more about the 1968-1969 Mercury Cyclone GT.

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Chevrolet billed its unibody senior compact Chevy II Nova SS as "the thrift car," though insisting that its "no-nonsense styling ... will catch glances years away from the showroom." Discover if the car lived up to its advertising and view pictures.

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The popular tailfins of the 1950s didn't carry over to the next decade when Plymouth released the 1960 Plymouth Fury. Thus, while Ford and Chevrolet increased their combined production, Plymouth barely maintained its 1959 volume level. Learn more.

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The creation of the 1969 Chrysler Three Hundred was part of their new "fuselage styled" models, which the Division advertised as "Your Next Car." Learn more about the style changes and the eventual sales of the bold 1969 Chrysler Three Hundred.

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Not many cars get a second chance at life after the original manufacturer expires. Avanti IIs were such cars and could be custom-built to a buyer's specifications for colors and materials. Learn about the history of this car and see pictures.

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Car Life described 1964-1966 Ford Thunderbird as "begadgeted and bedazzling ... It should keep boys of all ages occupied." Whether for boys, men or women, this classic car offered enough options and models to fit almost anyone. Get specs for this classic.

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Though tamed down somewhat from flamboyant 1959, the 1960 Buick Electra nonetheless exhibited highly stylized lines with with tailfins, VentiPorts and a "Wildcat 445" engine. See pictures and look under the hood of this classic car.

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Bel Airs and Impalas were too big for some; Chevy II and Corvair too tiny. The answer came in the form of the A-body Chevelle. It quickly developed into a powerful machine. Look under the hood of this classic car and learn about its evolution.

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Many "replicars" have come and gone since the mid-1960s, so it's fitting that the first and best of the breed -- the 1965-1969 Excalibur Series I -- would survive the longest. Look under the hood of this classic car and veiew pictures.

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Styling of 1961 Buick Electra was a radical departure from 1960, abandoning 1950s fins for an arrowlike profile. Buick named this new style "the clean look of action." See if this classic car lived up to its style and read how the public responded to the redesign.

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Buick General Manager Ed Rollert called the early Gran Sport "a completely engineered performance car." True enough when stomping the gas pedal; not quite so true when trying to wrestle a GS (or any other American muscle car) around a quick corner. Get specs for this classic car and view pictures.

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"It's big, it's sleek, and it rides like a dream," Electra prospects were informed by the 1965 sales catalog. Better yet, it "has the look of solid success," just the thing to let people know "you've arrived." No idle boast, that. Get specs and see photos.

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Though better known today as a compact, the 1960-1961 Dodge Dart was a full-size car. It was also a huge sales success despite having to deal with competitors Chrysler-DeSoto-Plymouth. See pictures of this classic car and look under the hood.

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Over the years, the 1967-1969 Dodge Dart GT GTS had morphed from a comfortable family car into a road-ready speedster. Learn more about the changes to body and engine that arrived with the 1967, 1968, and 1969 Dodge Dart GT GTS.

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