60′s Cars

1960s: If the 1950s were all flash, the 1960s were all dash. The size of cars and trucks grew larger during the 1960s, but so did the cubic inches under the hoods, and it didn’t take long for that 1960s free spirit to channel the power of a full-size car engine into the chassis of a smaller car to produce spirited power. In addition to hairy quarter-mile heroes, the era produced refined cocktail cruisers and increasing amounts of kiddie-carrying station wagons. Then and now, there’s a 1960s car or truck for every taste, yet they all have something in common: good looks and good power.

Turn the clock back: New launches for 1964

If you were looking for a new car at holiday time 50 years ago, you had a lot to choose from… More »

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Second chance: ‘The Build’ rescues a wrecked Malibu

American Modern Insurance is mating the wrecked 1965 Malibu body (above) from a satisfied customer claim to the chassis of a burned GTO from another claim to create “The Build” (below), which will be used to promote the insurer.

American Modern Insurance is mating the wrecked 1965 Malibu body from a satisfied customer claim to the chassis of a burned GTO from another claim to create “The Build”, which will be used to promote the insurer. More »

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Sixties Swingers: Special ’63s celebrate 50 years of cool

Corvette’s split rear window treatment lasted just one memorable year.

It’s hard to say why the industry peaks in certain years with design and engineering trends, but there’s little doubt 1963 was a time for special cars. More »

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Car of the Week: 1960 Pontiac Bonneville

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Jack Canfield has been so pleased with the beautiful 1960 Pontiac Bonneville ragtop that he has collected three of them More »

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Jag adjustment: First stretched E-Type?

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A 1968 left-hand drive Jaguar E-Type series 1 4.2 roadster is to be stretched by four and a half inches during a major restoration being carried out by Classic Motor Cars Limited of Bridgnorth (CMC) in the United Kingdom. The E-Type has been named “the Kaizen” (which has a special meaning) by the owner, a client in the United States. More »

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Twin Cities turns back the clock for another great Back to the 50’s

This Model A Ford truck is more typical of what lines the tree-shaded roads around Back to the 50’s in June. This red hauler is particularly sharp.

Despite its name, the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s annual Back to the 50’s event isn’t directly about the 1950s as it is about the 1973 cult classic “American Graffiti,” which takes place in 1962. That film reminded Minnesota gear heads about their own automotive heritage of cruising the loop around St. Paul in cool cars, so the MSRA started Back to the 50’s 39 years ago to bring the 1950s from the screen to the street. More »

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Car of the Week: 1960 Chevrolet Impala

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Owner John Broucher would love to know how many of 1960 Impala sedans were equipped with a 348-cid V-8 and a four-speed manual transmission like his central Ohio sleeper ordered new by a farmer. More »

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Fab at 50: ‘New Star’ Avanti was born a half century ago

The production Avanti introduced for the 1963 model year was spot-on to the design Loewy’s team conjured up for the car that was intended to save Studebaker car production.

By John Hull The Studebaker-Packard Corp. board of directors appeared to be setting a course of action in early 1961 that would reorganize the corporation as a mini conglomerate. The new structure would have minimal, if any, reliance on what … More »

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LBJ’s Lincoln Continental to be offered at auction

Everybody knows about the Kennedy Lincolns, but did you know President Lyndon B. Johnson was also a Lincoln man? And not just in front of the populace? The 36th president of the United States was a Lincoln man at home … More »

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Remember the Class of ’62?

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As the spotlight moves upon a car reaching the milestone of its 50th birthday, the added visibility can increase its collectibility and value. Since five notable cars that were “all new” in 1962 will be celebrating a golden anniversary this year, it’s worth taking a look at where they’re headed for 2012. More »

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