How Well Do You Know 1960s Cars?

By: Ian Fortey
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Do you know which vehicle was banned from competing in Nascar events?
Plymouth Valiant
Dodge Charger Daytona
The Dodge Charger Daytona was a modified version of the Dodge Charger made specifically to compete in Nascar events. When it debuted in 1969, it won several races and was then banned along with the Mercury Cyclone, Ford Superbird and Ford Torino Talledega when Nascar limited all cars to engines smaller than 300 cubic inches.
Mercury Cougar
Ford Mustang

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1961 Chevy Impala Which of these cars debuted its third generation in 1961?
Chevy Impala
The Chevy Impala had been in production since 1958, but the 1961 production run started its third generation. It was a large, stylish car with a 409-horsepower engine that made it an absolute monster on the road.
Ford Mustang
Dodge Challenger
Pontiac GTO

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Checker Marathon Arguably no other car is as associated with the city of New York as this one. Do you recognize it?
Checker Marathon
Starting in 1961 the Checker Marathon was produced as both a passenger car for everyday folks, but, much more notably, it served as the yellow taxi everyone recognizes from New York City and did so for many decades.
Studebaker Commander
Oldsmobile Starfire
Cadillac Eldorado

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1969 Pontiac GTO Can you tell us which vehicle had a model named for a "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" comedy skit?
Pontiac GTO
The Pontiac GTO introduced a new model for 1969 that was called "The Judge." A cool enough nickname, but it came from the comedy bit on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" in which Sammy Davis Jr. would introduce a series of jokes by repeating the line "here comes the judge."
Dodge Challenger
Chevy Corvette
Pontiac Thunderbird

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1963 Studebaker Avanti The body of this car was made of fiberglass. What was it called?
Studebaker Avanti
The Studebaker Avanti only had one production year from 1962 to 1963 before the company closed up shop. The Avanti was actually a well-regarded car when it debuted, but in total less than 6,000 were ever produced.
Jaguar E-Type
Lotus Elan
Plymouth Barracuda

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1964 Pontiac GTO Which car produced in 1964 is widely considered history's first muscle car?
Chevy Camaro
Ford Mustang
Pontiac GTO
The 1964 Pontiac GTO was the car that started the trend of all the major auto manufacturers producing muscle cars regularly, in a weird way competing with each other to make the most powerful car with each new model.
Dodge Charger

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1967 Plymouth Barracuda Do you know this car that usually just goes by a nickname?
Ford Mustang
Dodge Challenger
Plymouth Barracuda
The Plymouth Barracuda, often just called a 'Cuda, was a direct competitor of the Ford Mustang. In fact, it only had a two-week headstart on the Mustang. In 1967, it was outfitted with its legendary 426 Hemi engine.
Lincoln Continental

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VW Microbus You might better know this as a hippie van, but what is its real name?
VW Microbus
The VW Microbus is an iconic '60s vehicle and was made even more famous thanks to a flurry of movies about the '60s depicting hippies driving around in them. They kept making these until 2013.
VW Regal
VW Beetle
VW Rambler

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1964 Ford Mustang1 Over 300,000 of these cars were produced in 1964. What is it?
Dodge Challenger
Chevrolet Impala
Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang hit big when it showed up in 1964. Word is that they sold 22,000 of them by the first weekend after it debuted, and in the first year, over 300,000 were sold. Their list price was only $2,368 back then, which, adjusted for inflation, is still only $19,600. The cheapest Mustang today is still about $26,000.
Chevy Corvette

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1961 Lincoln Continental All previous models of this car were scrapped when it was redesigned in 1961. Do you know it?
Dodge Custom 880
Buick Riviera
Lincoln Continental
The Lincoln Continental had been around since the 1940s, but some financial issues with designs in the late '50s caused the company to pretty much scrap everything and start new for the fourth generation in 1961.
Dodge Polara

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1969 Dodge Polara The 1969 model of this car was over 18 feet long. What was it?
Dodge Polara
Dodge had been making Polaras for all of the 1960s, but it was in 1969 that they redesigned the already sizeable vehicle to a whopping 220.8 inches in length, basically making it into a land yacht.
Pontiac Superbird
Ford Fairmont
Buick Skylark

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1963 Buick Riviera Most people would consider this a grandpa car today. What was it called?
Plymouth Barracuda
Buick Skylark
Chrysler Lebaron
Buick Riviera
The Buick Riviera debuted in 1963 as a total redesign of an older vehicle that had the same name but didn't really look anything like the new version. This new design was meant to be a luxury car and, in 1963, that meant very big with a lot of attention to detail.

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1965 Renault 16 Can you name this car that Europeans loved but Americans seemed to hate?
Ford Pinto
AMC Pacer
Renault 16
The Renault 16 was a French car that was actually made from 1965 all the way until the 1980s. While it seemed to appeal to European drivers, when they tried to market it in the United States, it sold incredibly poorly.
Dodge Dart

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1963 Aston Martin DB5 Which of these would be James Bond's choice?
Vauxhall Victor
Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin has long produced the iconic cars associated with James Bond, and the DB5 from 1963 is one of the most famous models. It made its debut in the 007 movie "Goldfinger" and became a legend.
Daimler SP250
Lotus Elan

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1960 Mini Cooper Which of these was pretty much an icon of Britsh automaking in the '60s?
Aston Martin DB3
Lotus Elan
BMW Mark I
Mini
The Mini was a two-door economy car developed in response to the fuel crisis, the idea being you could get a lot more mileage out of something this small. The Mini Cooper, as some people call it, was a version specifically designed for racing.

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1964 Car What became standard in every U.S. car manufactured as of January 1, 1964?
Door locks
Brake lights
Seat belts
January 1, 1964, was the date by which every new vehicle had to be sold with functional seat belts. Now over 50 years later, every car still has them, but not every state makes using one a requirement under the law, and a small number of people still refuse to buckle up.
Catalytic converter

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1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Do you know what the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado had that was unheard of in previous cars?
Front-wheel drive
The 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado was the first car since 1937 that offered drivers front-wheel drive. The idea that a car could be pulled by its front wheels instead of pushed by its rear wheels was not something most people were down with.
Airbags
Automatic transmission
A cassette player

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1969 Dodge Charger Which car was made famous by the "Dukes of Hazzard"?
1968 Dodge Challenger
1969 Dodge Charger
Bo and Luke Duke drove a 1969 Dodge Charger called General Lee on "The Dukes of Hazzard," and they were not kind to that car. Word is that somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 were created for and destroyed during the production of the show. Only a handful of them still exist.
1970 Ford Mustang
1967 Pontiac Thunderbird

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1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Nine body styles have been offered for this car over the years. Do you recognize it?
Ford Fairlane
Pontiac GTO
Dodge Charger
Chevrolet Chevelle
The Chevrolet Chevelle was first produced in 1964 and slowly grew into a bit of a muscle car by the late '60s. It was offered in numerous styles, including 2-door and 4-door hardtops and sedans, a 2-door convertible and a 4-door station wagon.

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1960 Volkswagon Beetle The look of this car barely ever changed, but they made over 78,000 small changes to it in its lifetime. What is it?
Chevy Chevette
Ford Pinto
AMC Gremlin
Volkswagon Beetle
The VW Beetle was manufactured from 1938 to 2003 and looked almost exactly the same for its whole history. In the '60s, it received a number of substantial upgrades to the design, including engine improvements and those iconic headlamps.

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Rambler Marlin This car was really hyped before its release and then dismissed as being rather ugly. Do you recognize it?
Mercury Reliant
Plymouth Valiant
Renault 16
Rambler Marlin
The Rambler Marlin was made by AMC, and even the company that produced it said they mostly launched it as a way to draw attention to other cars manufactured by AMC. To that end, it actually worked as the rollout for the Marlin drew a lot of buzz and got people into dealerships.

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Porsche 911 This car hasn't had any major design changes in over 50 years. What is it?
427 Stingray
Lotus Elan
Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 was first manufactured in 1963, and in all the time since then, barely anything has changed from a design standpoint. Many options have come and gone over the years, though, including a gas-burning heater from the '60s.
Rambler Marlin

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1961 Plymouth Fury Which manufacturer gave us the Fury, which looked as angry as its name?
Dodge
Plymouth
The Plymouth Fury was a strange, huge, angry-looking car complete with throwback 1950s fins and, in 1961 especially, a front end that looked like the car had come to life and was extremely unhappy with you.
Ford
Chevy

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Ferrari 250 GTO Do you know which of these sported a 3.0-liter V12 engine?
Ford GT40
Porsche 911
Ferrari 250 GTO
One of the fastest cars in the world back in the '60s, the Ferrari 250 GTO was an absolute speed demon. It's also one of the rarest cars in the world today. One sold at auction in 2013 for $38 million.
Lotus Elan

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1966 Lamborghini Miura Do you know which of these was the fastest car on the road when it was released in 1966?
Ford Mustang
Lamborghini Miura
The Lamborghini Miura had a monstrous mid-rear mounted V12 engine and 350 hp. This car could hit speeds of around 170 mph for those times when you really, really needed to get somewhere in a hurry.
Porsche 911
Ferrari 250 GTO

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1967 Shelby Cobra This car could go 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. What was it?
Jaguar E-Type
Chevrolet Chevelle
Dodge Dart
Shelby Cobra
Designed by Caroll Shelby and named after a dream, the Shelby Cobra is one of the most iconic street racers from 1962 until 1967. It was actually made from the guts of a Ford and an AC Ace body.

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1962 Lotus Elan This sportscar only had 108 horsepower in 1962. What was it called?
Renault 16
Lotus Elan
The Lotus Elan may not have had the massive horsepower of something like the Chevy Impala, but it compensated for it by offering superior handling and lighter weight overall. Less weight means fewer horses to pull it along, as it were.
Aston Martin DB5
Porsche 911

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Chevy Camaro What car went on sale for the first time September 29, 1966?
Dodge Challenger
Chevy Chevette
Chevy Camaro
Chevy's answer to the Ford Mustang, the Camaro was a muscle car that sported a big block engine and a lot of options. It never actually surpassed the Mustang in terms of sales, but it's still a legend.
Porsche Spyder

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1964 Ford Mustang In 1964, the world was introduced to the Ford Mustang. Where did it debut?
The Detroit Auto Show
The World's Fair
It was the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York where the Mustang made its first official appearance in the world. That first model wasn't a super-fast beast of a vehicle, but it was a decently priced alternative to the Thunderbird.
E3
Turin Auto Show

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1961 Citroen Ami Which French car first appeared in 1961?
Citroen Ami
The Citroen Ami was manufactured for nearly 20 years and, all things being equal, was considered one of the ugliest cars on the market back in 1961. It didn't sell all that well in its first year. Part of the problem was that, for the first six months, models on sale didn't even have back windows that could open.
Renault 16
Citroen Visa
Simca Coupe 1000

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1966 Jensen Interceptor Do you know which of these vehicles debuted in 1966?
BMW Mark IV
Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Jensen Interceptor
The Jensen Interceptor was not the most attractive car ever produced, but it had a powerful V8 engine and could pull out around 135 mph. This was actually the second Interceptor Jensen produced, having made another vehicle of the same name back in 1950.
Aston Martin DB5

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1960 Dodge Dart Which of these cars was introduced in 1960 to replace Plymouths?
Chrysler Star
VW Legionnaire
Ford Fairmont
Dodge Dart
The Dodge Dart was Dodge's answer to the Plymouth, which had been lost due to restructuring in the Dodge dealer network. Dodge dealers no longer would be able to sell Plymouths, so the Dart was a lower-priced option rolled out fill the gap.

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Manufacturer's Warranty What happened to the standard warranties offered by most manufacturers in 1968?
They became more expensive.
They were halved.
Before 1968, a standard warranty was for 24,000 miles or two years. But in 1968, manufacturers, in a cost-cutting measure, halved their standard warranties to 12,000 miles or one year.
They existed for the first time.
They were offered with numerous options.

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1961 Jaguar E-Type Enzo Ferrari once called this the most beautiful car ever made. Do you know what it is?
Jaguar E-Type
The Jaguar E-Type was produced for the 1961 model year, and it had an impressive top speed of 150 mph To this day, it's considered one of, if not the best, sports cars of the entire 1960s.
Porsche Spyder
Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Mercedes M

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1963 Sting Ray Do you know what the second generation of the Chevrolet Corvette was called?
Sting Ray
Starting in 1963, the Chevrolet Corvette was produced as the Chevy Corvette Sting Ray. The Sting Ray was designed to be a smaller model than the previous generation and was available as either a coupe or a convertible.
ZR-1
Grande Coupe
Corvair

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