introduced the first turbocharged engine with the Hurst Olds model, the fastest production car of its time.
It was also when many basic safety features were implemented, including visible turn signals, seat belt anchors, and safety latches. As vehicle technology boomed, several iconic supercars were also created during this time.
Automakers like Ferrari, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and Ford were all competing to make the fastest car in the world. Here are some of our favorites this impressive list by
The Ferrari P series was an extremely limited run of racing cars, with only the P 412 version available for consumers. There is only one remaining 330 P4 in existence today out of the four created, safely preserved by a French owner.
In its heyday, it dominated races against several of its rivals, especially Ford. The Ferrari P4 only weighs around 1,750 pounds, making for some truly swift handling and acceleration.
It's powered by a 450-horsepower V12 engine, which helped it reach a whopping speed of 210 mph.
, but the Miura was particularly noteworthy. It was the first model with a two-seat rear mid-engine layout. It has a V12 capable of 350 horsepower, though later models increased that output to 440 horsepower. It was still the fastest production car upon its release in 1966, reaching 62 mph in 6.5 seconds.
The Lamborghini Miura has a beautiful exterior design with its "eyelash" headlights, swooping body lines, and twin hood scoops. The P400S model was even owned by several notable celebrities at the time, like Van Halen and Frank Sinatra.
How fast was the McLaren M6 GT?
The M6 GT was reportedly born of Bruce McLaren's desire to create the fastest supercar in the world. He initially wanted to make it for the racetrack but lacked the money to produce enough examples for entry.
Although it never got to officially showcase its racing chops, a few lucky drivers got the prototypes. It's still fast by today's standards, hitting 62 mph in only 4.5 seconds.
It draws power from a Bartz-tuned Chevy LT1 engine capable of 370 horsepower and an equal amount of torque. Four models were produced, but only one came in the distinguishable shade of McLaren Orange. The sole red example was reserved for McLaren himself.
Supercar star Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The 33 Stradale is a consumer-friendly version of the 33 Tipo
. It still has plenty of strength on tap with 230 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. It can jump to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, making it the fastest supercar of 1967.
It's a sight to behold with its larger-than-life headlights, gold-plated wheels, butterfly doors, and practically panoramic side windows. It was also the most expensive model of the lineup at $17,000, just over $134,000 at today's inflation.
The '60s Ford GT-40 Mk1
We'd be remiss if we left out Ferrari's longtime competitor on the racetrack, and that rivalry spawned the GT-40. Most of these models got 380 horsepower with the Shelby V8, allowing them to zoom towards 200 mph. A handful of these models were even deemed street-legal, though they were also quite pricey.
With 335 horsepower, these cars were still very speedy cruisers. They were also outfitted with several luxury amenities at the time, like radio and heater. Extremely rare today, these cars often sell for millions of dollars at auctions.
These classic cars would go on to be the inspiration for many modern supercars on the market today. If you've been inspired to pick up a sportier model,
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