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.

The nose of the 1964 Oldsmobile Starfire.

1964 Olds Starfire: Just like his father’s Oldsmobile

Memories of dad’s Olds inspire 1964 Starfire restoration By Angelo Van Bogart When it comes to great cars in your past, you can go back, and sometimes the car is even better the second time around. In 1969, Bryan Hunter’s father drove a 1964 Oldsmobile Starfire as the family ride, and over the six...

Jaguar

Jag adjustment: First stretched E-Type?

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,...

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.

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

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...

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.

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

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 had been Studebaker’s primary business: the manufacture of automobiles. Unfortunately, that division had become...

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 and in the office, and owned a white 1964 Continental convertible. Now, that Lincoln...