Classic 60s American Cars








    Many classic 60s American cars are still being enjoyed driven by their original or second owners.

    Many still run and the reason is because their owners take good care of them.



    One can see on any street in America at any hour of the day a proud driver sitting atop a 1966 Pontiac GTO, a Ford Galaxie 500XL Sunliner, a 1963 Lincoln Continental, or a 1963/1969 Corvette Sting Ray. Aware or otherwise that classic 60s American cars often lack what are now routine basic safety features: seat belts, rollover protection, or crumple zones, one wonders how those proud owner feel inside the cars of their youth.



    Cars made before the late 60s didn't come with safety belts as standard equipment. On top of that, they usually came with power steering so they require better control on the part of the driver.



    The classic 1960s automobiles experienced a surge somewhere in the middle of the decade when the first group of baby boomers were in their 20s or so. Born in 1946, they are now in position to own their first cars. That's why the sales figures show a 30-percent car increase by 1969, compared to a decade and a half before.





    A 1962 Ford Galaxie 500, above



    1966 Pontiac GTO



    Ford experienced a resurgence with its Mustang. A million units of these stallions got gobbled up by young people when it was first introduced in April of 1964, young people looking for that roar of a pony car with enough power. More classic 60s American cars rolled off the assembly lines led by these cars that the baby boomers embraced. A half-formed idea that Lee Iacocca turned into one of the most successful cars of all time, these cars was his passport to the position of Chrysler's CEO 16 years later.

    One of the More Enduring Classic 60s American Cars



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    1964 Ford Mustang





    Chevrolet came out with the Corvette Sting Ray in 1963, in production until 1967 and the most collectable of all Corvettes.  Corvette Sting Ray boasted independent rear suspension and a styling that rivaled any Jaguar or Ferrari.



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    1967 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible




    The AC Cobra, which the former racing driver named Carroll Shelby built with a powerful Ford V8s into British A.C., was extremely fast and hard to handle. These American classics are now very rare and could command top dollars in auctions.




    Meanwhile, the 1960s imported classic cars' inroad into the US market ran into a hurdle - the new federal safety and emissions standards. The Federal regulation mandated special "U.S. versions" for 60s car imports that only deep-pocketed foreign car makers could meet.



    The classic 60s American cars that now continue to delight even the last generation of baby boomers continue their happy ways onto American highways and byways.





    More '60s Classic American Cars

    1963 Buick Riviera
    Dodge Charger Daytona
    Dodge Charger R/T
    1962 Ford Falcon
    1962 Ford Galaxie 500XL
    1964 Ford Mustang
    1967 Shelby GT500
    1963 Corvette Sting Ray
    1966 Corvair Monza
    1967 Camaro Convertible
    1964 Oldsmobile Starfire
    1964 Plymouth Barracuda
    1968 Mercury Cougar
    1966 Pontiac GTO
    1969 Corvette Stingray








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