5 Most Popular '60s Cars
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Cars from the ‘60s are consistently some of the most sought-after classics among collectors and enthusiasts.
During this decade, some of the biggest car brands were producing some of their most popular vehicles of all time.
If you ask ten different people what the best cars of the 1960s were, you’ll probably get ten different answers. This makes it fun to compare lists and see what others come up with. According to HotCars, these are the five most popular cars of the ‘60s.
Permission to cry at the beauty of ‘60s muscle cars? Granted.
The Pontiac GTO, the embodiment of a muscle car
Pontiacs from the ‘60s were just as popular when they were released as they are today, and the most iconic Pontiac from the decade was the GTO. In terms of style, the GTO is absolutely beautiful, a perfect example of the muscle cars from the time.
Initially, the GTO was merely a package of the Pontiac LeMans with beefed-up power, but it quickly became its own thing. Performance was also critical to the GTO’s success, and it came standard with a 325 horsepower V8 engine.
The risky Lincoln Continental
When it was first introduced in 1961, the Lincoln Continental was actually considered a risk. Prior to the launch of the Lincoln Continental, Lincoln and Continental were both separate Ford brands. The result of this decision was one of the most popular cars of the 1960s.
The Lincoln Continental line of coupes and convertibles were viewed as the pinnacle of the ‘60s style. Because of this, revivals of the Continental have been produced ever since.
The original Jeep Wagoneer, from the ‘60s
Jeep has recently received significant attention for their long-awaited revival of the Wagoneer. This new Wagoneer came nearly 20 years after the previous Wagoneer ceased production.
The original Wagoneer was introduced in 1962 and immediately became a signature vehicle for Jeep.
When the Wagoneer hit the roads in the ‘60s, it demonstrated how comfortable a Jeep could be. Known for its spacious interior and iconic wood paneling, the Wagoneer became an icon, and it continues to be popular today.
The Dodge Charger, one of the most popular muscle cars
To call the Dodge Charger one of the most popular cars of all time would not be an exaggeration. Its look perfectly captured the muscle cars of the ‘60s, and its influence can still be seen in car design both in modern Chargers and other cars today.
It might surprise you to learn that the Charger was not an instant hit. The first Charger model year was 1966, and sales fell below expectations. Dodge remained committed to the Charger, though, and with the 1968 model, the Charger struck gold.
Despite planning to only produce 35,000 Chargers that year, they ended up producing and selling 96,000.
What’s the most popular car of the ‘60s?
GM was the king of car manufacturers in the ‘60s, and at the top of their lineup was the Cadillac Eldorado, the pinnacle of luxury. The Eldorado was one of the most expensive cars in the United States, but drivers thought this price was worth it given the power and style the Cadillac offered.
The success of the Eldorado led to several different variations and models for international drivers. Cadillac made the Seville, an Eldorado that was a two-door coupe, and the Biarritz convertible.
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