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Started by: srlong on March 12, 2009
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The 1960's produced some of the most beautiful, and -for their time - advanced driving machines ever. Their era is coming to a close. I had to sell my beloved 1969 BMW 2002ti because there was no way to meet emissions control regulations without gutting it. Plus, it got 8 miles to the gallon. Nothing like these cars will ever be seen again. ( Edited by srlong )  

Top Sports Cars of the 1960's
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Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO was a sports car that Ferrari made for racing in the early 1960s. The numerical part of its name denotes the displacement in cubic centimeters of each cylinder of the engine, whilst GTO stands for "Gran Turismo Omologato", Italian for "Grand Touring Homologated."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrari_250_GTO

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Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 (pronounced as Nine Eleven, German: Neunelfer) is a sports car made by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. The famous, distinctive, and durable design is notable for being rear engined like the Porsche-designed Volkswagen Beetle it had been based on. It was also air-cooled until the introduction of the all-new Type 996 in 1998. Since its introduction in autumn 1963[1], it has undergone continuous development.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_911

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Sunbeam Tiger

British frame & body, Ford 260 V8 under the hood.
http://www.ritzsite.net/Tiger/01_tiger.htm

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Lotus Elan S1

Driven by Diana Rigg in the Avengers, among other notable accomplishments. Fiberglas body, pop-up headlamps.

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Ford Mustang

First of the "Pony Cars", released in 1964. Quite the contrast with the euro models, eh?

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Duetto

My vote for the Italians. This auto meets my highest test for styling: it looks like it is moving - fast - when it's standing still!

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Facel Vega Facel II

This is a big boy - rare now, but very popular in its day (especially in Hollywood!) Touted as the fasted 4 seat sedan of its day, it sported a Chrysler 383 V-8.

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Shelby AC Cobra

A renowned British-US hybrid. The history alone is fascinating. Check out the link.
http://www.ritzsite.net/AC_Cobra/01_cobra.htm

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Studebaker Avanti

Designed in 1961 by Raymond Loewy and introduced in 1963 - too late to save the marque - but what a design!

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We too are driving an Odyssey, which is actually pretty handy. That being said, I'd love to have a "toy" someday too. (It likely will be a lower budget model than those noted in this list.)

Posted 5 years ago

according to wikipedia the Ferrari I added was only produced from 1962 untill 1964. Only 36 cars were made!

Posted 5 years ago

Don't I know it! Our main "unit" is a 4 year old Honda Odyssey. Thank god I don't live in Southern California anymore, where what you drive is more important than what you wear! And I have a 25 y.o. pickup. I still miss the Fiat 124 sport coupes, and my beloved BMW 2002ti.
Oh, and "unit" is really used here to mean anything from a snowmobile to a combine harvester, just like in the movie!

Posted 5 years ago

I only wish! Given the kids, we've decided that our vehicle of choice (for the time being) is a minivan. (Sigh.)

Posted 5 years ago

Karj, have you driven the Porsche? I've driven the 912. Similar style to the 60's 911 but with the 356 engine, among other thing. Like a rocket sled....

Posted 5 years ago

Thanks for the adds, BnafetS! Great choices! The Ferrari is perfect, intro'd in the 40's, so I didn't think it fit in this category, even though it was sold in the US until - I think - '64. May be time for a new topic!

Posted 5 years ago

I've always thought the 911 was one of the most beautiful pieces of industrial design. It really has hardly changed over its history. (For the time being, I'll just admire from afar though.)

Posted 5 years ago

just added the Ferarri 250 GTO & Porsche 911. I think the 911 is still one of the most known Porsche cars around!

Posted 5 years ago

Lovely cars!

Posted 5 years ago
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