Definitive List of Most Beautiful Cars of the ’60s: Can You ID Them?

By: Ian Fortey

Definitive List of Most Beautiful Cars of the ’60s: Can You ID Them?
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About This Quiz

Very few people look back at the '70s or '80s and think "Man, that was a decade when things really looked good." Not that there weren't beautiful designs in those decades, but they were the exception, not the rule. The '60s, on the other hand, were really a decade of gorgeous design in the automotive world where freedom of design and expression took center stage, building on what automakers of the'50s had just started toying with. Muscle cars, family cars, luxury cars, they were all designed far beyond the confines of utility. Something like the Lamborghini Miura embodies the European design sensibility of smooth, sleek, flowing lines that make it look like a living thing. And even the tiny, boxy Mini has a simple beauty to it that made it an icon of the decade. 

Whether the refinement of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL catches your eye or the raw power of a '66 Pontiac GTO is your cup of tea, there is a lot of beauty to behold in the '60s and we've done our best to assemble a list of the 40 most beautiful cars from the across the whole 10 years. Now let's see how many you can recognize!.

1964 Mustang This was the first pony car ever. What is it?
1967 Chevy Camaro
1965 Iso Grifo
1964 Ford Mustang
Some consider the Ford Mustang a muscle car, but it started the pony car segment which was defined by sporty, having four seats, affordable, a long hood with a short deck, and appealing to the youth market.
1968 Ford GT40

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1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider These cars were manufactured from 1954 until 1965. What is it?
1960 Cisitalia Barchetta
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta was one of the most popular models under the Alfa Romeo banner until it was replaced by the Giulia. It was actually a whole family of cars including the Spider, the Saloon, the Estate, the 2+2 Coupe, and others.
1964 Gordon-Keeble GT
1965 Reliant Rebel

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1966 Pontiac GTO Do you know which of these was one of the first muscle cars ever?
1964 Maserati Sebring
1966 Pontiac GTO
In 1964, Pontiac debuted the GTO and it just beat the Ford Mustang to market. As an early example of the American muscle car, it set the standard for how a muscle car should not just perform but look. By 1966 they were their own model and had refined their look.
1965 Bizzarrini Strada
1961 Austin-Healey 3000

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Do you know which of these started its model's second generation?
1963 Chevy Corvette
The 1963 Chevy Corvette was the first model of the Corvette's second generation, what some call C2. This was the generation that introduced the Sting Ray and a much sportier styling than the first generation from the 1950s had.
1969 Ford Capri
1962 Lotus Elite
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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1969 Ford Capri Which of these was a fastback coupe that stayed in production until 1985?
1961 Mercedes Benz 300 SL
1969 AMX/3
1969 Ford Capri
The Ford Capri was intended as the European equivalent for the Ford Mustang and based heavily on the Ford Cortina. It proved to be extremely popular, with nearly 2 million of them sold over their lifetime.
1967 Buick Regal

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1961 Jaguar E-Type Enzo Ferrari said this which of these was the most beautiful car ever?
1968 Ferrari Dino
1961 Jaguar E-Type
The Jaguar E-Type was based on the Jaguar D-Type which was the company's racing version. In 1955, the D-Type won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race for three consecutive years. The road-faring E-Type had a top speed of 150 miles per hour.
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

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1969 AMX Of a planned 5,000, only 5 of which of these cars were produced?
1966 Cadillac Seville
1965 Ford Fairlane
1969 AMX/3
The AMX/3 was a variant of the AMX and the program to make them was canceled after $2 million was sunk into it and only 5 cars were built. By all accounts, it was going to be a great car and once was clocked at 170 miles per hour, but the costs just kept rising so it had to be canned.
1968 Citroen DS 21

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Fiat 124 Sport Spider Pininfarina took over making which of these cars in the 1980s?
1966 Fiat 124 Sport Spider
Fiat's standard 124 was a rather boxy and very European-styled automobile, not necessarily the best-looking vehicle on the road. The Sport Spider version, however, was extremely elegant. So much so that after Fiat stopped producing them, Pininfarina started making Pininfarina Spider Azzura in 1983
1961 Austin-Healey 3000
1964 Holden Premier
1966 Porsche 804

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1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Which cars were in production from 1955 until 1997?
1965 Dodge Charger
1966 Mazda Luce
1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
The Thunderbird is one of Ford's most iconic vehicles and very much defined the esthetic of the 1950s. By the 1960s, the styling changed up a bit but the 1966 convertible was absolutely sleek and sexy and powerful with a more squared-off appearance and an egg-crate front grille.
1966 Jensen FF

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1960 Mini Do you know which of these cars was made for over 40 years?
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
1962 Volvo P1800S
1960 Mini
The Mini was one of the most, if not the most, iconic cars of the entire 1960s. It's synonymous with British culture in the '60s and Austin Powers himself even drove one in the movies.
1964 AC Cobra

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1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Which of these replaced the Vallelunga?
1969 De Tomaso Mangusta
De Tomaso made the Mangusta from 1967 to 1971. There's a rumor that the Mangusta got its name, Italian for mongoose, after a failed deal between Alejandro de Tomaso and Carroll Shelby. Shelby famously made the AC Cobra, and mongooses are famous for killing cobras.
1965 Bizzarrini Strada
1964 Facel Vega Facel II
1968 AMC Javelin

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1968 Ford GT40 Mk I Ferrari was taken out at Le Mans by which of these cars?
1966 Ford Thunderbird
1965 Bizzarrini Strada
1968 Ford GT40
Ford's GT40 is legendary in the world of racing, the Ferrari Killer that ended Ferrari's years-long streaking of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The GT40 won for four years straight starting in 1966.
1966 Dodge Monaco

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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Which of these vehicles came with gullwing doors?
1964 Gordon-Keeble GT
1961 Mercedes Benz 300 SL
Few cars cut quite as dramatic a figure in 1961 as the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. It was the 1952 model of the 300 SL that actually pioneered those doors, so thank Mercedes next time you see a pair swooping open.
1969 De Tomaso Mangusta
1964 Renault 16

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1963 Aston Martin DB5 If you know James Bond, you know which of these cars?
1963 Aston Martin DB5
Few cars are as famous as the Aston Martin DB5 thanks to its fortuitous appearance in the movie "Goldfinger." Ever since, James Bond has routinely used the car as his mode of transportation in the movies.
1961 Alpine A110
1961 Austin Healey 3000
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2

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Porsche 911 1965 Which of these was rear-engined and air-cooled?
1960 Mini
1966 Fiat 124
1964 Maserati Sebring
1965 Porsche 911
Porche has been making 911s for decades, but the classic Porsches date back to 1963. They set a standard for small, sporty, sleek luxury cars that has been emulated dozens of times by other manufacturers ever since.

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1967 Chevy Camaro Over 5 million of which of these cars have been sold?
1968 AMC Javelin
1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
1964 Gordon-Keeble GT
1967 Chevy Camaro
One of the most popular Chevys of all time and even one of the most popular cars of all time, the Chevy Camaro was Chevy's answer to the Ford Mustang. The Camaro was the pace car at the Indy 500 9 times, including in 1967.

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1969 Maserati Ghibli A desert wind inspired the name of which of these cars?
1969 Maserati Ghibli
The 1969 Maserati Ghibli convertible's top folded back under the front seats or it came with a removable hardtop, depending on your needs. A "ghibli," which most of us only know from Studio Ghibli, is a dry southwesterly wind in the Libyan desert.
1965 Iso Grifo
1964 Ford Mustang
1961 Jaguar E-Type

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1964 AC Cobra Carroll Shelby helped design which of these?
1969 Maserati Ghibli
1968 Citroen DS 21
1964 AC Cobra
The AC Cobra was sold as the Shelby Cobra in the United States, capitalizing on its association with legendary designer Carroll Shelby who also lent his talents to the Ford Shelby Mustang. The original Cobra was made back in 1962.
1968 Ferrari 330

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1962 Ferrari GTO "Popular Mechanics" called which of these the hottest car of all time?
1962 Volvo P1800S
1969 Maserati Ghibli
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
The Ferrari 250 GTO was arguably the gold standard for sports cars in the '60s and also for Ferraris in general. Motor Trend Classic named it the number one Ferrari of all time. Buyers had to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari in the car's first year.
1965 Bizzarrini Strada

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1968 Alfa-Romeo Only 18 of which of these cars were produced?
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale were produced between 1967 and 1969 and is considered one of the first supercars ever made. It was also the fastest commercially available car in the world when it debuted, able to go 0 to 62 mph in under 6 seconds with a top speed of 160 mph.
1967 Lancia Stratos
1966 Fiat 124
1964 Gordon-Keeble GT

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1968 AMC Avelin You could get which of these as a pony car or a muscle car variant?
1966 Pontiac GTO
1968 AMC Javelin
AMC made Javelins from 1967 until 1974. The windshield in the early models was slanted at a 59-degree angle and the hood had simulated scoops to keep the whole sporty muscle car look that made it a standout.
1969 Dodge Challenger
1966 Jensen Interceptor

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1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Which of these cars were all released in Polar White paint with blue racing stripes?
1967 Porsche 904
1968 Ford GT40
1966 Pontiac GTO
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am would become one of the most famous cars of the 1970s thanks to "Smokey and the Bandit" but the 1969 year was the first time anyone got to see one, and it was very underrated, with only 697 of them sold.

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1968 Citroen DS 21 Nearly 1.5 million of which of these cars were made?
1966 Chrysler Valiant
1965 Bizzarrini Strada
1968 Citroen DS 21
The Citroen DS was manufactured for 20 years but if you had to pick the best model the redesign for the 1968 year is a definite standout. Made with smoother lines and a streamlined appearance it was shark-like and sleek and extremely memorable.
1966 Triumph Vitesse

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1961 Aston Martin Only 20 of which of these cars were ever made?
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
1969 Maserati Ghibli
1961 Alpine A110
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was basically just a DB4 but Zagato, a coachbuilder and design center, made a few design improvements. The body was shrunk down and made more aerodynamic and much of the steel was replaced with aluminum to make it lighter and faster.

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1962 Lotus Elite Type 14 was another name for which of these cars?
1961 Austin Healey 3000
1963 Ginetta G4
1965 Iso Grifo
1962 Lotus Elite
The Lotus Elite used fiberglass for the entire load-bearing structure of the car, which was pretty unique for the time. It was in development for an entire year before they released it, getting input from "carefully selected racing customers."

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1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible This car had a 413 cu. in 6.3L V8 engine. What was it?
1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible
Chrysler's 300 letter series of cars were made from 1965 until 1975. The 300F convertible from 1960 got a new unibody frame construction with some sharper edges and more noticeable fins that kept the '50s styling alive.
1963 Aston Martin DB5
1964 AC Cobra
1969 De Tomaso Mangusta

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1967 Ferrari Dino 206 GT This was the first car from its designer with electronic ignition. What is it?
1967 Ferrari Dino 206 GT
The Ferrari Dino was manufactured by Ferrari but sold under the Dino marque. They were V6 mid-engine sports cars that were made from 1967 until 1974. Motor Trend Classic placed it as the number seven on their list of top Ferraris ever.
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
1965 Bizzarrini Strada

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1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 Which of these has been called one of the greatest sports cars of all times by several publications?
1962 Lotus Elite
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
1968 Ferrari 330
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2
The Ferrari 275 is one of the best Ferraris the company has ever produced. Motor Trend labeled it the third-best Ferrari ever. The GTB came in two styles; the GTB I was the "short nose" style while the GTB 2 was the "long nose" style.

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1961 Austin Healey 3000 Jensen Motors did the body work on which of these cars?
1964 Gordon-Keeble GT
1969 Maserati Ghibli
1967 Triumph 1300
1961 Austin-Healey 3000
The Austin-Healey was in production from 1957 until 1967 and is arguably the best known car that the company ever made. These cars were so popular with American motorists that by 1963, over 90% of all exports were going to the United States.

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Cisitalia Barchetta The company that made this car went bankrupt three years after it was released. What is it?
1962 Austin Freeway
1960 Cisitalia Barchetta
Cisitalia made sports cars from 1946 until 1963. Many of the designers, including the designer of the 1960 Barchetta, had done previous design work for some of the most well-known auto makers in Italy like Maserati and Ferrari.
1963 Peel 350
1960 Saab 60

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1964 Facel Vega Which of these cars was only made for three years?
1963 Ginetta G4
1964 Facel Vega Facel II
Facel Vega made the Facel II from 1962 to 1964.The company was almost bankrupt when the Facel II was released as a last-ditch effort to stay afloat. Only 180 of them were made but they were definitely luxurious.
1962 Austin Freeway
1965 Simca 1000

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1964 Maserati Sebring Do you know which vehicle was named for a race?
1964 Maserati Sebring
The Maserati Sebring showed up in 1962 and was produced until 1969. During that whole period, only 593 were made. The Sebring was made for the world-famous 12 Hours of Sebring race that takes place in Sebring, Florida.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
1961 Austin-Healey 3000
1968 Citroen DS 21

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1962 Volvo Roger Moore drove which of these on the TV show "The Saint?"
1967 Aston Martin DB5
1966 Porsche 944
1962 Volvo P1800S
The Volvo P1800S was made from 1961 to 1973. In 1998, a Volvo P1800S managed to get a world record for being the highest mileage private vehicle driven by the original owner in non-commercial service, which is a mouthful. The owner had driven it over 3 million miles.
1961 Mercedes Benz 300 SL

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1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Only 100 of which of these were ever built?
1965 Porsche 904
1966 Alfa Romeo Scarabeo
1965 Rootes Arrow
1968 Ferrari 330 GTS
There were only 199 Ferrari 330 GTS models ever built, a convertible version of the somewhat more popular 330 GTC. It comes with the Ferrari 4.0L V12 engine which ensured just a tap on the gas would send this thing flying.

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Gordon Keeble GK The inside of which of these cars was modeled after luxury jets of the era?
1966 Ford Falcon
1964 Gordon-Keeble GT
The Gordon-Keeble GT, sometimes just called the Gordon GT, was the result of a collaboration between John Gordon and Jim Keeble. Maybe because its first customer was a USAF pilot, the inside was designed with quilted aircraft PVC, toggle switches, and other airplane-inspired touches.
1961 Alpine A110
1963 Hillman Gazelle

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Ginetta G4 Do you know which of these was a British racing car?
1963 Ginetta G4
Ginetta made sports cars and race cars starting in 1958 and it's still in business today. The G4 was introduced back in 1961 and featured a fiberglass body and GT styling that gave it a sleek look while allowing it to perform well on the track.
1961 Mercedes Benz 300 SL
1964 Maserati Sebring
1961 Alpine A110

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1961 Alpine A110 Another name for this style of car is a "Berlinetta" or a "coupe." What is it?
1961 Alpine A110
French automaker Alpine started making the A110 in 1961 and produced them until 1977. Renault and Alpine actually resurrected the A100 back in 2017 for a more modern style Alpine, which is still in production to this day.
1966 Fiat 124
1962 Volvo P1800S
1963 Ginetta G4

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1965 Iso Grifo Do you know which of these cars was designed to compete with Ferrari GTs?
1961 Alpine A110
1960 Cisitalia Barchetta
1963 Maserati Mexico
1965 Iso Grifo
Iso Autoveicoli S.p.A. made the Iso Grifo from 1963 until 1974. They were designed to compete with Maserati and Ferrari but were made with parts from American manufacturers like Chevy and Ford to try to give them a bit of an edge.

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1965 Bizzarrini Strada Which car was also called the 5300 GT?
1969 Maserati Ghibli
1965 Bizzarrini Strada
The Bizzarrini Strada was the most successful model made by Bizzarrini and was produced from 1964 until 1968. Giotto Bizzarrini was once the chief engineer at Ferrari before he decided to branch out on his own in 1964.
1960 Cisitalia Barchetta
1966 Triumph GT6

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1966 Lamborghini Miura Which of these was the first supercar with a rear mid-engined two-seat layout?
1963 Ginetta G4
1966 Lamborghini Miura
The Lamborghini Miura was the fastest production car on the road when it was released in 1966. The company kept it in production until 1973 and made 764 of them in total. The name "Miura" comes from a famous breeder of fighting bulls.
1965 Iso Grifo
1960 Cisitalia Barchetta

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