The 1960s saw the birth of some of the most elegant cars that ever cruised the cities and villages of the world. This golden age has for long been associated with the birth of muscle cars. And beautiful sports cars and automotive wisdom in general. From the streets to the racetrack, the 1960s brought about a revolutionary change in car design and technology. This was an era during which the motor vehicle industries built cars that became iconic and largely representative of the 60s culture of American society.
The age-old saying is don't judge a book by its cover. But classic cars from the 60s just didn't give a damn about this saying. The looks of these beauties stood just as tall in their heyday as they do today. Not only were they good-looking. These were stunning high-performance cars. They could easily be the most stylish cars ever to grace the driveways of many car owners. It would be accurate to say that any car that made it to this list is either here for its pedigree. Or it's outstanding engineering. Let's take a look.
What was special about the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge?
The 1969 Pontiac GTO was christened the Judge for a reason. It represented authority but did not seem to be taking life too seriously. The powerful V8 powerhouses that ran this beauty made it authoritative while the brightly colored exterior and top-notch graphics made it cuter than a peacock. Debuting as a $332 option package for the GTO hardtop or convertible in 1968, this car swept many off their feet just like the main actress in a Mexican soap opera. Standard was the GTO 400's Ram Air III evolution which churned out 366 horsepower. Even by the standards of today, this is a jurist that a lot of drivers would beg to have an appointment with.
What about the 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500?
There's no debating that the 1965 and 1966 Carroll Shelby Mustangs were the most desirable among mustang purists. They represented power, simple styling, and great track performance. The more exciting ones, however, were the 1967 and 1968 GT 500 Shelbys that came with a 355-hp block that made them perfect for a drag race. These cars could do the quarter mile run in 14 seconds, which was pretty fast for their day. The quicker KR model which was also available in 1968 earned a strong reputation as the "King of the Road."
How good was the 1967 Dodge Charger?
By definition, this was a powerful, fast and well-built muscle car that could easily do wheelies at stop signs. It was fun to drive and cheap to maintain even with all the battering it was handed by most of its users. With a top speed of 190 mph backed by an engine that produced 750 bhp, this mean machine brought out the race car driver in many of its owners in a way similar to how Nicholas Cage turns into the "Ghost Rider." Just avoid being stopped by a cop because they did not stop too well.
What point did the 1965 Porsche 911 make?
There were a lot of iconic sports cars in the 1960s, but Porsche was in a class of its own. The 1965 model started a whole new generation of Porsches and even ousted the beloved 356 from its throne. This was a Gran-Turismo legend in all aspects of the game. Apart from having superior power, it was and remains such a beauty to behold; you simply couldn't take your eyes off it. Going for $6490 POE on the East Coast, the 911 is not really on the list of cheap cars, but the Porsche has never been. For those who found it worth the six grand, they got a distinctive ride that was slimmer and more comfortable than the Ferraris of the day.
What about the 1968 Camaro Z/28?
If you are a car manufacturer, get into racing, it helps, and this car is proof of it. Roger Penske was outsourced to build this car, and by the time he was done, the Z roared past the Mustang's shadow boldly. This was a track spectacle that dominated the SCCA Trans-Am series in 1968 and 1969. The Camaro had many innovative features like a superior braking and suspension systems.