It was very early in the 1900s when Ford started making the Model T, and the auto industry as a whole really began to take off. When the First World War began, resources were diverted from endeavors like making cars to the war effort. It happened again with the Second World War and so cars were never produced with the aim of being high-performance, high-powered machines until well into the 1950s. And it wasn't until the 1960s that many carmakers were finally able to develop the kind of technology that set them apart from the much more leisurely and slow-paced vehicles of the past.
The 1960s gave rise to powerhouse automakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini, Porsche and De Tomaso. It allowed the old standbys like Ford and Dodge and Chevy to go beyond typical luxury cars or family vehicles that they had been known for and produce performance vehicles like the Corvette, the Charger and the Mustang. Some of the best cars ever made came out of the 1960s and some of the fastest ones did, as well. If you feel like you know speed, then it's time to put the pedal to the metal and show your stuff in this quiz.
Do you know which of these cars has been in production since 1963 until today?
Pontiac Firebird 400
Porsche has produced over 1 million 911s since its first one rolled off the line in 1963. In 1967, a Porsche 911 S could hit a top speed of 137 mph. According to a 1999 "Car of the Century" poll, the 911 is the fifth greatest car of the century.
John DeLorean once said which car rattled like it was carrying rocks?
The Pontac Tempest was made from 1960 until 1970 and was actually the forerunner to the famous Pontiac GTO muscle car. In 1966, the LeMans Sprint version of the Tempest could reach 113 mph and hit 60 mph in about 10 seconds.
In 1966, you could get a Chevy II Nova with a 327 V8 Turbo-Fire engine. It had a top speed of 139 mph and a 5.5-second acceleration speed to 60 mph. Despite advertising it as a Chevy Nova, Chevy chose not to use the word "Nova" anywhere on the car and instead just branded it as a Chevy II SS.
The Dodge Coronet had two production runs, one from 1949 to 1959 and the other from 1965 to 1976. The Hardtop R/T produced in 1968 was able to hit a top speed of 131 mph and a blazing fast acceleration of 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds.
Do you know which of these was designed by Carroll Shelby?
AC Cobra 427
The AC Cobra was sold in the United States as the Shelby Cobra. The 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 had a top speed of 165 mph and could blaze from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds. It was very likely the fastest car produced in the entire decade.
In many ways, this car was a luxury muscle car. What was it?
Buick GS 455
The Buick GS 455 was a variant of the GS released in 1969. Tha year it had a top speed of 145 mph and could accelerate to 60 in just 5.5 seconds. The 1968 cars came with a hood scoop that was actually fake unless you went out of your way to order the kit to make it work.
The Aston Martin DB5 is the iconic James Bond car first seen in the movie "Goldfinger." The company still makes them for the movies even though in real life they're already up to the DB11. The DB5, for its part, had a top speed of 142 mph back in 1963.
Capable of going from 0 to 60 in just 5.5 seconds, the AMC AMX was one of the fastest cars of the entire decade but was only made for three years. It was repeatedly compared to the Corvette in terms of both looks and performance but was a more affordable option.
Do you know which of these cars was first introduced in 1953?
Chevy Corvette Stingray
In 1966, the Chevy Corvette Stingray came with a 427 cu. in. V8 engine. It was capable of hitting a top speed of 141 mph, which was no doubt impressive but more impressive was its nearly unparallel acceleration at the time. It could hit 60 in only 4.8 seconds, faster than nearly every other car produced in the decade.
This was the first muscle car ever in 1964. What is it?
Plymouth Road Runner
The Pontiac GTO is considered by many to be the first muscle car of the major automakers, though there were less popular V8-powered cars before 1964 that could have qualified for the title. A 1967 Pontiac GTO 6.6 Liter V* HO could get you from 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 120 miles per hour.
In the '70s, which of these models became famous thanks to the movie "Smokey and the Bandit?"
De Tomaso Pantera
Pontiac Firebird 400
The Pontiac Trans Am Firebird was the car of choice for the Bandit in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies but before the Trans Am model showed up, the 1967 model was outfitted with a 400 cu. in. V8 engine that gave it an impressive top speed of 120 mph.
Every standard version of this car in 1968 came in the same gold/copper color. What is it?
In 1968, Oldsmobile made two versions of the 4-4-2. One was just the standard and one was called the Hurst/Olds made in partnership with Hurst Performance. The Hurst was actually the slower of the two, as the standard 4-4-2 could hit 115 mph and accelerate to 60 in 6.0 seconds.
In 1968, the second generation of which car was introduced?
Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS
The Malibu would eventually become its own model, but originally it was a trim package on the Chevelle. In 1968, the Chevelle Malibu came as a Super Sport 396 Sport Coupe which could hit 113 mph and had an acceleration from 0 to 60 of 6.0 seconds.
Chevy introduced the Camaro to compete with the Ford Mustang. In 1967, the Chevy Camaro SS 396 Coupe could manage 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 136 miles per hour. It took 14 seconds to go from 0 to 100 miles per hour.
Do you know which of these was also called a Galaxie?
Ford XL Fastback
The Ford XL was originally just a trim option of the Ford Galaxie until it became its own model. The Ford XL Fastback from 1968 could hit a top speed of 137 mph and accelerate to 60 in just 6.0 seconds.
Long nose and short nose styles were available for which of these cars?
Buick GS 455
Ferrari 275 GTB
The Ferrari 275 GTB had a top speed of 153 mph. Six seconds was all it took to get from 0 to 60 mph. The long-nose and short-nose versions were styled with either long hoods or shorter hoods. About 30 more short-nose than long-nose were made.
Which of these was originally an option package on a car called the Comet?
Monteverde High Speed
The Mercury Cyclone was made from 1964 to 1971. It didn't become its own distinct nameplate until 1968 and was, alongside the more popular Cougar, one of Mercury's more powerful cars. The 1968 Cyclone with 6.4 V8 engine could reach a top speed of 115 mph and go 0 to 60 in 6.1 seconds.
Henry Ford II commissioned the GT40 after Ferrari had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race several years in a row, seeking to prove they could make a better, faster car. They did what they sought to do with the GT40 which had a top speed of 164 mph and could hit 60 in 5.3 seconds.
Winning NASCAR races was the only reason which of these cars was built?
Dodge Charger Daytona
With a massive spoiler and an extended, pointed front-end, the Dodge Charger Daytona was a specially modified Charger meant just for racing. With a 7.0 Hemi engine, it could hit 130 mph and accelerated to 60 in 5.6 seconds.
In 1966, which of these cars debuted at the then very steep price of $20,000?
The Lamborghini Miura was an exceptionally fast car. The P400S model, first produced in 1968, had a top speed of 170 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds. Only 764 of them were ever built before the Countach took over.
In 2018, which of these cars sold for $70 million?
Chevy Corvette Stingray
Ferrari 250 GTO
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most iconic cars of all time. It has become so popular that people have actually built fraudulent replicas on different Ferrari chassis. Back in 1962 the 250 GTO had a top speed of 158 mph.
John Wick drives the 1970 model of which of these?
Plymouth Satellite 426 Hemi
Chevy Corvette Stingray
Boss 429 Mustang
John Wick's car is labeled a Boss 429 Mustang in the movie, though he's actually driving a 1969 Mustang Mach 1. He should have been driving a 1969 Boss 429, as it had a top speed of 115 mph but could go from 0 to 60 in only 5.1 seconds.
Several different models of cars all featured which name?
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo made a number of cars called the Giulia. One was a kind of compact executive car and one is a modern sedan that was manufactured in 2015. But the Giulia TZ from 1963 was built for speed and could get from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 134 mph.
This car was only made from 1968 to 1969. What is it?
The Lamborghini Islero is a mostly forgotten Lamborghini model thanks to its short production run and the fact only 225 were ever made. In 1968 it could hit a top speed of 165 mph thanks to a 3.9L V12 engine.
The fourth generation of Dodge Darts were manufactured in 1967 with some serious power upgrades over previous generations. The GTS Hardtop 6.3L V8 had a top speed of only 108 mph, but it could accelerate like a monster up to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds.
The De Tomaso Mangusta, which means "mongoose." was made from 1967 to 1971. The 4.7 V8 model from 1967 had a top speed of 155 mph and could accelerate to 60 in 5.5 seconds. Only 401 of them were ever produced before the Pantera took over.
Though it looked like a race car, which of these was designed for street driving?
AC 428 Coupe
Lotus Super Seven
The Lotus Super Seven was a popular model specifically because of the design. Many buyers bought it because it looked the part of a race car and could be used for clubman racing. The top speed was between 100 and 124 mph depending on how it was outfitted with a decent acceleration to 60 mph in about 7 seconds.
At auction, which of these cars has sold for almost $1.2 million in modern times?
One of the only Japanese cars made in the '60s with an eye toward performance and seek European design standards, the Toyota 2000GT had a top speed of 137 mph. It's highly collectible these days and the $1.3 million one was sold in 2013.
Which model came with Super Commando, Magnum and Hemi V8 engines?
Dodge Super Bee
The Plymouth Satellite could be outfitted with some serious muscle if a driver wanted it that way. The 1966 Satellite with a 426 Hemi could hit 60 mph in about 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 148 mph.
Only 18 of which of these cars were ever produced?
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
In 1967 when the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was first introduced, it was the fastest car in the world with a top speed of 160 mph. The name "stradale" just means "road-going" to differentiate it from race cars.
The AC Frua, also known as the AC 428, was first made in 1965. The 1967 model with a 7.0L V8 engine could hit a top speed of 145 mph and accelerate to 60 in just 5.4 seconds. Unfortunately, AC was suffering from financial issues and couldn't produce more cars than the handful it made.
Monteverdi was a Swiss automaker in the 1960s and it made the High Speed from 1967 to 1976. With a top speed of 152 mph, it lived up to its name even though it is largely unknown today. Though the company went defunct in 1984, it did come back to produce a concept car in the early 1990s.
First manufactured in 1963, which car was made to compete with Ferrari and Maserati?
The Iso Grifo is one of the lesser-known sports coupes of the 1960s. In 1965, if you got a model outfitted with a 5.4L Chevy 327 OHV V8 engine you could get it up to 161 mph. Iso stopped making the Grifo in 1974 when the company went bankrupt.
The Iso Fidia was advertised as the "fastest four seats in the world" and that assessment wasn't really wrong. The top speed was 155 mph with a 5.6-second acceleration to 60 mph. When the company first unveiled the car it was in Athens, where the fuel was so low octane it caused severe engine knocking during the press test drive.
Which of these cars was named for a Warner Brothers cartoon?
Pontiac Tempest GTO
Plymouth Road Runner 426 Hemi
Plymouth had to license the Road Runner name from Warner Brothers and even developed a horn that beeped like the cartoon bird. While the Road Runner could only reach a top speed of 105 mph, it could accelerate to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.