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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1968-1969 AMC Javelin

The 1968-1969 AMC Javelin stood out from the the pack, considering the American car industry was so strange in the 1960s. Although every company built for all the market segments, many of them were quite similar. Learn more about the 1968-1969 AMC Javelin.

1961, 1962, 1963 Ford Thunderbird

The early 1960s were perhaps the finest hour for the Ford Thunderbird. By the time a special gold model paced the 50th Anniversary Indy "500" in May, 1961, sales had already reached 50,000 for the model year. Learn more about this classic car.

1963, 1964, 1965 Ford Falcon Futura Sprint

The mission of the Ford Falcon Futura Sprint was practical transportation, and some even proclaimed them as modern successors to the everlasting Model A Ford. View the specs that enabled this car to win the top two honors in its class at the Monte Carlo rally.

1969 Chrysler Three Hundred

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.

1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 Avanti II

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.

1964, 1965, 1966 Ford Thunderbird

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.

1960 Buick Electra

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.

1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS

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.

1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 Excalibur Series I

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.

1961-1962 Buick Electra

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.

1964-1965 Buick Skylark & Gran Sport

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.

1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 Buick Electra 225

"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.

1960-1961 Dodge Dart

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.

1967, 1968, 1969 Dodge Dart GT GTS

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.

1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

Charged with improving the Corvette living legend, Chevy ended up with the most collectible Corvette of all -- the Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray. Look under the hood of this classic car and learn about its styling and public repsonse.

1968-1969 Dodge Charger

The 1968-1969 Dodge Charger models featured and even tougher stance, aggressive lines, and extra power under the hood. And don't forget all the amenities inside, like bucket seats. Learn more about 1968-1969 Dodge Charger.

1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 Checker

Did you ever want to drive a taxi? The 1960-1969 Checker was an opportunity for the general public to own a solid, dependable, no-frills Checker -- a car version of the taxi cab. View pictures and see the specs for this classic commercial car turned consumer.

1960 Ford Thunderbird

The 1960 Ford Thunderbird was one of the greatest achievements in American automotive design. In fact, it may well be one of the outstanding American automotive achievements of the decade. See pictures and specification of this classic beauty.

1969 Ford Mustang Grande & Mach 1

The Ford Mustang, Ford's most popular "ponycar," got a significant redesign in 1969. In addition, the company added a suite of other memorable models, like the 1969 Ford Mustang Grande and Mach 1. Check out the 1969 Ford Mustang Grande & Mach 1.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 & 429

Some car lovers might have thought that five new Ford Mustangs were enough in 1969. But when the model year began, Ford had two more ideas to launch: the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and 429. Read more about the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 & 429.

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

More than a few enthusiasts haven't even heard of this rarely spotted Ford, offered for just one year. That's because a Thunderbolt was about as far removed from a highway machine as anyone could get in the beginning of the performance era. Get specs and learn more.

1969 Ford Cobra & Talladega

The 1969 Ford Cobra was offered in fastback or notchback form. Because it was the budget-price car, it featured rather plain, conservative trim on the outside and an austere interior to match. Read more about he 1969 Ford Cobra.

1964, 1965, 1966 Imperial

The 1964 Imperials were the first models designed by someone other than Virgil Exner since Imperial had become a separate make in 1955. Comfort was the name of the game, and even rear-seat passengers sat in the lap of luxury. Explore this classic car.

1967-1968 Imperial

Chrysler thought that by 1967, automakers' methods of insulation and soundproofing had become so advanced as to make the use of a separate body unnecessary. Learn how Chrysler debuted the 1967-1968 Imperial with advanced unibody construction.

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

Controversy came right along with the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. The car was originally conceived as a sleek vehicle for NASCAR racing, sporting a large rear stabilizer and pointed snout. Learn more about the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona.


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