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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The 1963 Pontiac Catalina 421 H.O. was a popular performance car with a burly street engine. It enjoyed a popularity revival in the early 1960s due partly to its new-found performance image. Explore features of the 1963 Pontiac Catalina 421 H.O.

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Chevelles came in four trim levels for 1965 -- the 300, 300 Deluxe, Malibu, and Malibu SS. Of the six Chevelle body styles, Super Sports came only in convertible and hardtop coupe forms. Read about the 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS Hardtop Coupe.

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The 1965 Mercer Cobra would never have been built had it not been for the Copper Development Association, which wanted to show the practical modern uses of copper in automobile design. Read about the 1965 Mercer Cobra and its captivating copper trim.

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The 1964-1967 Ford GT was an underrated but ultimately winning entry in the international racing scene. The original version made its public debut at the 1964 New York Auto Show before heading to European tracks. Explore this classic car.

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Things would never be better for the Chevrolet Corvair Monza station wagon than they were in 1962. The year brought exciting new models and enhanced performance. Learn the story and details of the 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Station Wagon.

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The Nash and Hudson auto lines were phased out in early 1957, meaning that American Motors would henceforth rise or fall with the Rambler. Check out the 1965-1966 Rambler Ambassador, the compact car meant to be key to the company's success.

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The 1969 Honda S800 is the granddaddy of today's Honda Civic CRX, and the last and most powerful version of one of the first Hondas with more than two wheels. 1969 Honda S800. Read about the 1969 Honda S800, originally the 'light car' model S360.

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Is there anyone who doesn't recognize the 1966 Corvette Sting Ray 427? The goals for the most changed Corvette since 1953 were better accommodations and space, and a better ride, handling, performance. Read about the 1966 Corvette Sting Ray 427.

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In 1968, Ford built 4,000 Mustang California Specials that were sold only in the Golden State. Less knowledgeable Mustang buffs can mistake the car for a one-off custom or even a notchback Shelby. Check out the 1968 Ford Mustang California Special.

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Decades ago, purists could still order a no-nonsense, ultra-high-performance 1960 Chevrolet Corvette roadster by choosing carefully from the options list. Read how this 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster got out the door without luxury goodies.

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The 1962-1970 Buick Wildcat name had a certain ring to it. It fairly suggested action -- motion on the open road. Buick's first use of the Wildcat name was on three exciting mid-1950s dream cars. Learn about the story of the 1962-1970 Buick Wildcat.

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One highlight of the 1964 racing season was Chrysler Corporation's revival of hemispherical combustion chambers for its most powerful V-8s, an effective, expensive design last used in 1958. Read about the 1964 Dodge 330 Super Stock Two-Door Sedan.

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The Ford Falcon was a popular sedan in Australia during the 1960s. It represented the first head-to-head challenge to General Motors-Holden's since the GM subsidiary began dominating the market. Learn about the struggles of this classic car.

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The 1961-1963 Pontiac Tempest was Pontiac's innovative entry into the compact car market. The story behind the development of the Tempest is one of divisional defiance and cost-conscious innovation. See pictures and read about the Pontiac Tempest.

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Lincoln's 1961 models had timeless style that gave the marque a template for consistent design. But if Robert McNamara had been more insistent, the stunning 1961 Lincoln Continental never would have been seen. Check out the 1961 Lincoln Continental.

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Corvair, Chevrolet's first compact car, featured a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine like the VW Beetle. Read how Chevy followed the company's lead by turning the Corvair into a van and a pickup with the 1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside Pickup.

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Under fire from the competition, the 1967-1971 Ford Thunderbird worked hard to maintain its dominance in the full-size auto market. The all-new 1967 Thunderbird was unquestionably quieter and more refined than its smaller ancestors. Learn more.

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The Dodge Polara 500 made its debut for 1962 as Dodge's entry in the new personal-luxury class. It suffered from rushed styling projects and odd headlight placement. Learn more about the Dodge Polara 500.

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The 1965-1968 Dodge Monaco and 500 attempted to capitalize on the success on the Pontiac Grand Prix. There was no denying that it had a sense of style other automakers wished they could duplicate. See photos and learn about this classic car.

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Built to fit in between the ever-enlarging standard-size cars of the early Sixties and the then-new domestic compacts, the Ford Fairlane appeared to be a fresh type of car when it debuted in 1962. See pictures and read about this classic car.

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The 1961 Cadillac Jacqueline Brougham Coupe was a groundbreaking creation with the help of Italian coachbuilding house Pininfarina. See photos and find out what was so unique about this classic car.

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The 1965 Shelby GT 350 did double duty as a road car and a racer. It was a reasonably priced custom Ford Mustang that could accelerate 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed at 126. See photos and learn about this classic car.

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The 1969 Dodge Charger was a design high point for muscle cars of the day, with its attractive, curvy styling, hemi V-8 engine and a roomy, functional interior. See pictures and learn more about this powerful classic car.

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The stage was set for the Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire at the start of the 1960s. Like a beach pounded by heavy surf, the U.S. auto industry was in the path of a couple of strong waves. Learn how the 1962-1963 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire weathered the storm.

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The 1958-1965 Chevrolet Impala was a flamboyant model that was enthusiastically snapped up by buyers. Impalas of this era are much different from the Impalas on the market in modern times. Follow the 1958-1965 Chevrolet Impala story.

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