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.
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.
At a glance the Oldsmobile Cutlass line looked dramatically different in 1968. As part of a new line the Oldsmobile 4-4-2 had a smaller stance and new fastback styling. Read about the styling and engine changes in the 1968-1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2.
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.
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.
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.
As the "Soaring Sixties" dawned, Chrysler Corporation seemed to be its own worst enemy. The chief designer started bordering on the bizarre and the styling on this model was busy and bordering on gimmicky. Take a look at this failed classic car.
Easily one of the decade's styling landmarks, the Lincoln Continental was instantly acclaimed so by no less than the prestigious Industrial Design Institute. So good was its basic design that it only needed careful annual refinements. See specs and pictures.
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.
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.
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.
The 1962-1963 Mercury S-55s were great accomplishments for Mercury as it ventured into the sporty car category. However, it had modest popularity so it is hardly surprising that the S-55 disappeared from Mercury's 25th Anniversary big-car line. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dodge Custom 880 was born in 1962 out of Dodge's need to restore a full-size car to its downsized model line. "Big room, big ride, big power!!!!" screamed one of the car's ads. Take a look under the hood of this classic car and see photos.
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.
The 1963 coupe was the most popular of all Spyders, with nearly 12,000 built. Orders often exceeded capacity -- this was just not a car that could be built quickly. See specs and pictures for this efficient, high-peformance sports car.
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.
The 1967-1969 AMC Ambassador proved that the late Richard A. Teague could do more with less than most any just about any other car designer around. Learn more about the 1967-1969 AMC Ambassador and the American Motor Company.
The 1961-1963 Ford Falcon Futura models were easily the most popular of the Big Three's compacts because they were closest to what buyers wanted: simple and reliable. Get the specs and learn how this sporty economy car worked.