Top 10 cars from the 60’s



Maybe I’m too young to talk about the 60’s, but I think that was a great era for cars. Good models were born in the 60’s. Let’s face it, in the 60’s the music was great and the music was better in a great car!
Let’s remember 10 models from this great period.

Dino 206/246 GT
No.1 in my mind is a model from Ferrari, Dino 206/246 GT, a sport car. This beautiful Dino is the “grandfather” of Enzo. This model was introduced in the late 60’s with a 2.0 liter, V6 engine. Dino was made with 2.4 liters engine, too, increasing its performance. I could say that Dino had a great influence starting with Ferrari 308 and still not ending, because we can see a lot of its details on Ferrari F430, too.

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Alfa Romeo Duetto
No.2 in my preferences is an Alfa Romeo Spider, presented in 1966, which one lived a long life on the roads. For this model, Alfa Romeo offered a lot of engines and was a much appreciated car.

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Porsche 911
No.3 in my top and a great car with a real success. Porsche 911 was produced in 1964 after Peugeot claimed the rights for these 3 numbers, with a 0 in the middle. In the 60’s, Porsche was a real love for many people, being a very impressive German car, with its 2.0 liter flat 6 engine, producing 128 bhp. Porsche 911 was one of the most successful cars ever produced.

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Lotus Elan
No.4 is Lotus Elan, a fine sport car made by Mazda’s engineers. Lotus Elan was available as a roadster and as a +2 coupe, with 4 cylinder and twin-cam engines.

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AC Cobra
No.5 is an AngloAmerican model with a V8 Ford engine. AC Cobra was very fast at the moment, for the UK’s 60 mph motorway limit. The model was clocked at 185 mph on the M1 motorway in pre-Le Mans testing. Very cool!

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Fiat 124
No.6 is a model good enough to win the European car of the year in 1967, a Fiat 124. This Fiat was No.1 of Europe’s biggest selling family cars. So, it has its place in my top.

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Ford GT40
No.7 is a car which beat Ferrari on the track and taking the first 3 places in the 1966 race. Ford GT40 was an image builder for Ford and has never been beaten.

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Jaguar E-Type
No.8 is the most famous car at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, a Jaguar E-Type. The model was presented as a coupe and as a roadster powered by a 3.8 liter, 6 cylinder engines. E-Type claimed a maximum speed of 150 mph. Very good for the 60’s isn’t it?

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Lamborghini Miura
No.9 in this top is a mid-engine model, which had its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, in 1966. Lamborghini claimed a top speed in excess of 170 mph for this beauty. So, we have to believe them, no?

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Austin Mini
No.10, the final model, but not the last, is the Mini introduced in 1959. Austin Mini was very loved by big stars, like Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr. That means it was a great success.

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30 Comments

  1. Emmi Said,

    July 10, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

    Oh my! You forgot the Mustang!

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  3. Bruce Said,

    July 10, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    The list is a random choice of cars without criteria or a theme for choosing them. The Fiat 124 can not be compared in any way to a Ford GT40. Suggestion:
    Create a list by engine size from the 60’s.
    Create a list by endurance or reliability from the 60’s.
    Create a list by the amount of dollars made at auction from the 60’s.

    I’m sure the Fiat 124 would not sell for more than 2 million dollars at the Barrett-Jackson auction.

  4. Tiberiu Petcu Said,

    July 10, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    I will think about that… Thank you.

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  6. Jeff Anderson Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 6:34 am

    Firebird, Camaro, Chevelle, GTO, Charger and MANY MANY MORE!

  7. porkyfry Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 8:22 am

    Wth? No De Lorean?

    Lame.

  8. YouAreLame Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    Wow. So pretty much you’re just announcing to the internet what some of your favorite cars are. Thanks for that. We’ve been dying to know.

    Maybe on your next zero-criteria list you could include the Toyota Camry since it, like the Fiat 124, is a best selling family car. You could put it somewhere between the Enzo and the H2.

    Also, some of my favorite vehicles from years past are dump trucks, space shuttles, and submarines. Yay! I’m an internet auto-enthusiast! Digg me!

  9. Chris Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    Ok I think they were going with historically significant cars here…so where is the 1964 Pontiac GTO?!? I mean it was the first muscle car ever! For those of you who don’t know or think you know but are wrong, the definition of a muscle car is a mid-sized car with a large displacement engine…so sorry a mustang is not a muscle car…it falls with the Camaro and Firebird in the “Pony Car” class….Oh and to the guy that said “What no De Lorean”. Delorean came out in the 80’s not the 60’s…duh!

  10. Auto Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    Well, technically, the 1969 Mustang Boss 429 was certainly a muscle car… one that would have beat the pants of the 64 GTO (arguably a great car nonetheless). But i’ll definately give you that the first mustangs were definately not muscle cars. However, the first muscle car (outside it’s era) was a mid-50’s Chevy coupe that ran a 405 CI V8 from the factory, but no-one really thinks about that one. This list is bogus though, a FIAT?? are you kidding? the Joe Friday of the automotive industry? If you’re going to go for 60’s Euro-trash commuter car, at least put a Citroen up there. They had more design flare than the trash can with wheels you’ve got up there now. Oh, and it’s not the “AC Cobra”, the AC was a little four-banger tame enough for the english country-side. It’s called the Shelby Cobra, a balls to the wall muscle machine that even today out performs more high end exotics than any other car ever constructed.

  11. Chris Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    Auto I totally agree with you…a Fiat!!! It was put on the list cause it was the best selling European family car…ok?!? The Pinto was a pretty good selling car too, well that is till their gas tanks started to explode! Hey why you are at it why don’t you put the 1958 Edsel on the list too! Ha!

  12. brabham_fan Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    I’m sorry but this is the LAMEST!!

    Next time just put up some photos, skip the comments. You have NO CLUE!

    * Dino and Enzo are worlds apart, not only in technology but also in intent.
    * Alfa Spyder only ever had 4 engines. 1300, 1600, 1750, 2000. Not “a lot”. The 1300 was never sold in North America.
    * Porsche Peugeot connection is clear as mud. The replacement for the 356c was originally designated 901, to which Peugeot objected, and which then became the 911. However Porsche did eventually use the middle zero in several of their race cars.
    * The Elan was designed by Colin Chapman. What the Mazda engineers did was to design the Miata, based on the Elan, twenty years later.
    * The 1-2-3 finish was at LeMans.
    And so on….
    LAME!

  13. Fishd Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    [quote]Oh, and it’s not the “AC Cobra”, the AC was a little four-banger tame enough for the english country-side.[/quote]

    Um, that English countryside you speak of allowed us to finely hone some of the best handling sports cars in the world. You know, ones that can go round corners?

  14. Laddy Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    What about the Ford Mustang 1967 v? Thats an amazing car!!

  15. Alex Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    With the exception of the AC (Shelby) Cobra, there is not one vehicle on that list I agree with. The GT40 was significant, but even so, it doesn’t compare to many other vehicles. There were dozens of different models of muscle cars that are far more infinitely recognizable, have ballooned in value to as much as a factor of 100 times or more their original price tag, and many are still in production in some form today, or are ripe for a revival soon.

    The mustang, the hemi cars, camaro, gto, chevelle, etc, etc, etc…are all far more important vehicles.

  16. mike Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    where are the fords?

  17. someone Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

    the mustang has to be there
    this list is a crime without it

  18. Stroker Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

    You forgot the 1963 Studebaker Avanti!

  19. Ben Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

    You forgot the Ferrari P3/P4 or the P4 I think it was around 1966. Truely one of the best looking ferraris to this date. This list is in shambles.

  20. Lampredi's mate Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 7:22 pm

    The gy who designed the dino gt engine (the V6) also designed the engine in the 124. The 124’s suspension is still more advanced than a mustang – no leaf springs. Even the latest mustang, unbelievably, still has leaf springs. The Fiat 124 was a great car in that it was years ahead of its competition and really changed the face of what we came to expect of a family car. Incidentally, the rally cars that evolved from it’s engine have won more world championships than any other manufacturer (Fiat 131 abarth, Lancia delta s4, Lancia delta integrale, Lancia 037, fiat 124 abarth). Its more than justified to include it in that list.

  21. Joe Said,

    July 12, 2007 @ 12:59 am

    Are you kidding? You obviously weren’t alive in the sixties. Only one of the big three? Give me a break. Ford and GM defined the sixties!!!

  22. noah Said,

    July 12, 2007 @ 4:39 am

    Great list. I really think the Alfa Romeo is a sexy car. Body style wise it would still kick ass today. Someone made a list here of favorite cars just from 67. Interesting comparison.

    Why 1967 was the best car year ever!

  23. Jon Said,

    July 12, 2007 @ 5:11 am

    *In a snobby voice* Actually, the Dino isn’t really a Ferrari because while Enzo created it and it was named after his son who died at an early age, the Dino doesn’t have a single Ferrari badge on it and was sold as a Dino, not a Ferrari. *Regular voice* Which really sucks because while many Ferrari groups disregard the Dino as a real Ferrari (because it was relatively affordable and mass-produced, at least as far as Exotics go), it true was a special car. Missing out on some classics like the Mustang and Camaro which whether you like it or not, had a HUGE impact on how sports cars are today and launched off drag racing in a way no other cars but the muscles could. Also, as for the AC Shelby Cobra (full name), it can only compare to today’s cars if you do some mods to it. Nearly 500 hp won’t do much when the car’s geared for 130 mph. There are Civics that do better than that out the factory.

  24. Kevin Thorpe Said,

    July 12, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

    OK, stop dissing the Fiat. It’s still being made in Russia. Only the Mini is still in production, but a vastly changed model.

    Come to that I’ve rolled a Vaz (Fiat 124) completely over while racing and only lost a wing mirror and the aerial. Try that with your Ford Focus.

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    July 12, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

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  27. Opra Said,

    August 5, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

    jaguar is my passion whereas my best friend is just crazy about Alfa romeo. I think these cars will always remain metaphors for “top of the line”. in my new blog I’m gonna dig dipper into the history of their production and evolution.

  28. bronzeowl Said,

    August 10, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    You are obviously not from the United States and you certainly weren’t around in the 60’s. You list a lot of “yuppie” cars or cars that were know as junk. Even the XKE was beautiful until they made the “pregnant guppie”, the coupe. Joke was “jags are great if you have a live-in mechanic.” The Austins, Fiats, and Alphas were mechanical quality nightmares. You don’t mention Mustangs, Corvettes, Dodge Super Bees, Plymouth Road Runners, GTO’s or even El Caminos.

  29. lou Said,

    December 17, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

    99999oooi

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