You could make a solid argument that the coolest cars in history came from the '50s or the '70s or even the '80s. There were great cars in all of those decades. But you'd still be wrong to try to make the claim that any of them were better than the 1960s. Let's be honest, the coolest cars of all time came from the 1960s. And not just a couple of them! Nearly every vehicle from that entire decade is memorable and beautiful. Sure, there were a few misses here and there, but those just made the triumphs even more impressive.
Just run down the list of what the '60s offered, and you'll convince anyone on the fence about the awesomeness of the decade. Muscle cars like the Plymouth Barracuda and the Pontiac GTO. Pony cars like the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro. Those tiny icons like the Mini and the Beetle. Those sleek and refined imports like the Aston Martin DB5 or the Toyota 2000GT.
It's time to take a cruise back in time and check out what the '60s had to offer: the fastest, the coolest, the most powerful and even a few of the weirdest. Take the quiz and see what you know!
Most of the world came to know which of these cars thanks to the movie "Goldfinger?"
Aston Martin DB5
James Bond has made the DB5 the most famous Aston Martin ever. Despite the fact the company has made numerous other vehicles, the DB line is currently up to DB11, and there were only 1,059 DB5s ever made.
"Motor Trend" named which of these its Car of the Year in 1968?
Often considered the first muscle car, the Pontiac GTO started life as a trim package available on the LeMans. It wasn't until 1966 that the GTO became its own official model. The name was borrowed from the Ferrari 250 GTO and means Gran Turismo Omologato.
Legendary driver and designer Carroll Shelby designed which of these?
The AC Cobra was better known stateside as the Shelby Cobra, designed by famed automaker Carroll Shelby. Shelby had used the frame of an AC Ace roadster and outfitted it with a Ford V8 engine to create one of the most powerful racers of the day.
In its very first year, which car sold over 400,000 units?
Ford introduced the Mustang as a small, sporty car that might appeal to female drivers. First-year sales were expected to be about 100,000 units, but they quadrupled that. After two years, they had already sold over one million.
The Camaro was Chevy's answer to the Ford Mustang. Introduced during a 1966 press conference, when the automotive press asked executives what exactly a Camaro was since no one had heard the word before, they were told it was a small, vicious animal that ate mustangs.
Do you know which of these was introduced as competition for the Ford Mustang?
The AMC Javelin was the first pony car on the market to be adopted by law enforcement agencies as a highway patrol vehicle back in the day. By the 1970s it had become an accomplished racer as well, winning the Trans Am race series in 1971 and 1972.
This car has been produced in three distinct production runs, the first in 1966. What is it?
Plymouth Road Runner
Dodge began production of the Charger as a mid-size, two-door fastback in 1966. In the early 1980s, it was retooled as a compact car that looked nothing like the original. In 2006 the third run introduced it as a full-size, four-door sedan.
Which car took the victory at Le Mans from 1966 until 1969?
The Ford GT40 was Ford's Ferrari killer, meant to take the Le Mans crown from the Italian automaker who had won the race every year from 1960 until 1965. They succeeded admirably and took the win four years running. Porsche took the win in 1970.
The Vallelunga was replaced by which of these cars?
De Tomaso Mangusta
De Tomaso produced the Vallelunga in 1964 and then swapped it out for the Mangusta by 1967, which was eventually replaced by the Pantera. The Vallelunga was named after a racing circuit, while the Mangusta was named after the mongoose and the Pantera for a panther.
Which of these was designed to compete with GTs made by both Ferrari and Maserati?
Buick GS 455
Monteverdi High Speed
The Iso Grifo was manufactured by Iso, a company best known for its bizarre, tiny bubble car called the Isetta. The Isetta ended up being produced by BMW, and it achieved some fame for being the best-selling single-cylinder car ever made.
Do you know which of these was powered by a V12 engine?
Ferrari produced the 330 from 1963 until 1968. The first model was known as the 330 America, and in 1963, they produced only 50 of them for sale. It was replaced the next year by the GT 2+2 model. Over 1,000 of those were made.
In the '60s, which of these was the only steel-bodied two-seater built in America?
AMC only made the AMX from 1968 until 1970. A sports car and a muscle car, it was positioned as competition for Chevy's legendary Corvette with a much lower price tag. In fact, it offered comparable performance for $1,000 less.
Officially, a ghibli wind (also called a sirocco) is a hot, dry wind that comes off of the Sahara and can reach near hurricane speeds. The car was first made in 1967 and a second production run started in 1992. A third run began in 2013 and is still going.
Which rear-engined, air-cooled sports car has been in production since 1963?
The Porsche 911 is one of the most long-lived and recognizable sports cars ever made. Technically speaking Porsche 911 production ended in 1989 when the 924 took over and then in 1998 the 996 replaced that but each of those subsequent models have still been sold as the 911.
While over 12,000 of these cars were made, just 22 were made in its first production year. What is it?
De Tomaso Pantera
Monteverdi High Speed
Introduced in 1962, the Lotus Elan was made until 1973. In its first year it was known as the Elan 1500 and just 22 were made while in 1963 it was replaced with the 1600 version and then the S2 in 1964. By 1970 it was called the Elan Sprint.
Do you know which of these cars was notable for its rear mid-engine two seat design?
Ferrari 280 GT
Later adopted as the standard for how a supercar would be designed, the Lamborghini Miura was a trendsetter with the rear mid-engine two-seater design it employed. It became Lamborghini's flagship model and was the fastest production car on the road when it was released.
Which car was conceived, designed and finished production in just 18 months?
Ford Mustang Boss 429
Chevy II Nova
The Chevy II Nova was one of Chevy's most popular models in the 1960s, and became so popular they actually replaced the Chevy II line with Nova as its own model by 1969. The car's popularity was in its simplicity. It had nothing revolutionary about it, nor was it intended to.
Austin Powers drove one of these painted to look like the Union Jack. What was it?
Though Austin Powers called it a "Shaguar," the Jaguar E-Type has long been considered one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Enzo Ferrari called it just that, and "The Daily Telegraph" ranked it as the number one most beautiful car of all time.
Only 18 of which of these highly sought-after cars were ever produced?
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was a performance monster when it was introduced. It could go from 0 to 100 kms, or 62mph, in under 6 seconds which even modern performance cars don't always do. Plus it had a top speed of 160 miles per hour and could do a standing kilometer in 24 seconds.
A former engineer from Ferrari designed which of these cars?
Engineer Giotto Bizzarrini designed the Strada for sale between 1964 and 1968. Bizzarrini had been an engineer for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Iso before branching out on his own, meaning this man knew his stuff.
Do you know which of these vehicles was advertised as "The Fastest four-seater Coupé in the World?"
Facel Vega Facel II
Paris-based Facel-Vega began production on the Facel II as a last-ditch effort to save the company from bankruptcy. With a 383 cu in B Chrysler Typhoon V8 engine, the car could hit speeds of 135 miles per hour.
Over 90% of which of these British cars were exported to other countries?
Aston Martin Vanquish
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
The Austin-Healey 3000 was extremely popular in export markets and most of them ended up in North America. They were a favorite on nearly every racing circuit and could be found at Le Mans, Sebring, and others throughout the '60s.
This car was made with a large portion of Renault parts, including the engine. What is it?
French automaker Alpine produced the A110 from 1961 to 1977. Thanks to the rear-mounted engine, the car was somewhat unique at the time for having no front grille or air-intake. Air was pulled in from below and vented out the back.
Which car was dropped from an airplane as part of a publicity stunt for its introduction?
In 1966, Fiat dropped a 124 out of an airplane so that it could land safely with the aide of a parachute for all eyes to see. It proved nothing about the car, but it did grab attention. In 1967 it was named "European Car of the Year."
British Motor Corporation, Rover and British Leyland have all manufactured which of these models?
The Mini started production in 1959 and quickly became a British icon. Thanks to variants and manufacturer changes, it's been known as the Austin Mini, the Mini Moke, the Mini Cooper, the Mini Miner and the Austin Seven at various times in its production.
Which of these was a rebadged version of the Plymouth Road Runner?
Dodge Super Bee
The Dodge Super Bee rolled out in 1968 and featured die-cast metal and chrome "super bee" medallions embedded on both the front grille and the trunk of the car. The medallion was of the bee logo, which featured a half bee/half car with wheels, a helmet and goggles.
Which of these cars needed a foam and rubber-covered dashboard to meet U.S. safety standards?
Aston Martin DB4
The first MG MGB model available back in 1963 was a soft-top two-seat roadster. If you looked really hard you could have found one with a third seat in the back, but only a handful of these were ever produced.
Examples of which car have sold at auction for over $1.2 million?
Toyota 2000 GT
Collectors love the Toyota 2000 GT because of where it fits into auto history as a whole. It was the first truly sporty, sleek and sexy Japanese car on the marketplace, one that easily fit in with its European counterparts.
The LeMans and the GTO were both originally introduced as trim packages for which of these cars?
With the Chevy Corvair proving a compact car could be successful, Pontiac developed the Tempest and "Motor Trend" immediately named it their Car of the Year in 1961. Accolades aside, John DeLorean, who designed the Tempest, once said the car rattled so loudly it sounded like it had a trunk full of rocks.
"With the initials GT built in, not pasted on" was how the manufacturer described which of these cars?
Alfa Romeo Giulia
To this day, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is still prized by collectors and race enthusiasts for its remarkable handling and overall fun ride. The Giulia hit the market in 1964 and, despite a few periods of non-production, is still available today.
Do you know which car was introduced to compete with the Fairlane?
Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS
Chevy's Chevelle hit the market in 1964 with Malibu being a trim option on the car. Malibu would go on to be so popular it replaced the Chevelle entirely as its own model in the 1970s and is still in production to this day.
The emblem for which of these cars featured a tortoise?
Ford XL Fastback
Gordon-Keeble had a limited run of only 100 GT models between 1964 and 1967. The emblem for the company featured a tortoise because during one of the initial photoshoots for the car, the pet tortoise of the property owner walked into frame.
Do you know which of these was introduced to be a lower-priced alternative to other muscle cars on the market?
Plymouth Road Runner
The Plymouth Road Runner was hands down the coolest cartoon-themed car on the market in 1968. Arguably the only cartoon-themed car as well, Plymouth licensed the likeness of the road runner and slapped it on the side of the car.
This 1960 model introduced a 413 cu in Wedge V8 engine. What is it?
Chrysler 300 F
Part of Chrysler's 300 letter series, the 300 F was introduced in 1960. The car was famous for its revolutionary cross-ram intake manifold. It consisted of two pairs of criss-crossed pipes that each fed the fed the opposite side of the engine that it was on.
Which of these was sold with the tagline "The Car You Always Promised Yourself"?
Ford sold the Capri from 1968 until 1986, and it was remarkably popular. Over 1.9 million units were sold in that time period and it was marketed to European drivers in the hopes that it could be to Europe what the Mustang was to America.