The 1960's saw some fabulous classic cars built with many still being in circulation today for enthusiaists to purchase. Here we take a look at some of the best classic cars of the 60's from the Mini through to The Morris Minor and the sixties Jaguar.
The 1960's not only heralded the introduction of the Mini Skirt but also the Mini car. The mini was one of the most popular cars of the sixties, while the newer version of the Mini is still in demand today. The mini was the first true economy car that was affordable to the masses, offered seating for five people and was easy to park up in tight spaces.
Voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, the Ford T came first, the two door Mini Car was first manufactured in Britain by BMC, while throughout the sixties further models of the Mini were introduced such as The Clubman, the Estate, The Mini Cooper and Cooper S.
Classic features of the Mini include sliding windows and small wheels, while the car became very popular in the sixties with the rich and famous. The Mini may have a small engine but early sixties models achieved a top speed of 75 miles per hour. The Mini may be an economy car but even drivers of six feet tall and over could be comfortably seted to drive even the earliest models.
The Morris Minor
The Morris Minor was around in the forties and fifties and still going strong in the sixties with one million of these cars built and sol by 1961 which was a sales record at the time. A popular small family car the Morris Minor engine was upgraded in the early sixties to 1098cc ensuring it would keep pace with other popular mid range cars of the time.
This car is one of the most reliable of its kind, has a basic style but nevertheless its popularity continues. The car is economical to run, has light steering, plus spare parts are still easily accessed today making it a firm favourite still with all generations.
The Morris Minor achieves thirty eight miles to the gallon and can reach a top speed of 77 miles per hour. Morris Minor Traveller Estates were a further design introduced in this series of cars and were distinguished by their wooden trim on the rear of the estate. Enthusiasts may be interested in the Morris Minor Owners Club who have a site full of great tips and information regarding these fabulous classic cars.
Jaguar cars were very sought after in the sixties just as they are today with the E-Type Jag being one of the most stylish introductions in 1961. This classic sporty model was at the time of its introduction one of the world's fastest cars competing easily with some of the big names such as Ferrari.
The E-Type Jag is not one of the cheapest classic cars but for those who love speed and have nostalgia for the old Jaguars the price paid is well worth it for the experience and satisfaction of owning one of these beauties. Many specialist websites have E-Types for sale, while spare parts are also easy to find making it an ideal classic car for the motorist who actually wants to take the vehicle out on the road.
The E-Type Jaguar has also benefitted from being a popular export especially to the US, while the former Sports Car International magazine voted the car the number one top sports car of the 1960's. In 1964 an E-Type Jag could achieve speeds of 150mph accelerating from 0 to 60 in less than seven seconds. Plush interiors including leather upholstery make this classic car ooze with style and panache.
Probably one of the most memorable cars of the sixties and seventies, although it was in production from 1938, the VW Beetle was also one of the most popular family cars due to its reliability and its quirky look. The Beetle was an economy car whose quirkiest feature was that the engine was where the boot normally was and vice versa.
"The peoples car" as named by Hitler himself was economical on fuel using one gallon of fuel per 39 miles, could reach a speed of 62 miles per hour, while its design had to be that all parts were easily replaced at the lowest of costs. Updated Volkswagen Beetle models in 1967 featured two speed windscreen wipers, drivers arm rest doorside, reversing lights, visible door locks and a passenger side wing mirror.
By 1968 headlights were moved on the Beetle to a more upright position facing forward having replaceable bulbs. The Beetle continued to be produced until 2003 meaning drivers will be able to acquire models of this car for many years to come.
The Chevrolet division of General Motors in America has been in existence since the early fifties with the Corvette Coupe and the Corvette Convertible being extremely popular throughout the sixties. Early models reached 0 to 60 in 11.5 seconds and featured a fibreglass body which is somewhat surprising but continued for years.
By 1961 the rear of the Chevrolet Corvette was redesigned adding a "ducktail" along with four circular lights, while drivers who could afford to pay a little more could choose to have the fuel injected version of the car. 1962 saw the last Corvette produced with the wrap around wind screen, solid rear axle and convertible style body.
From 1963 models were slightly smaller with The Stingray and the Corvette Coupe being introduced. This model had hidden headlights, a two part split rear window and an independent rear suspension. Many optional features were available with this model depending what the buyer wanted to pay.
Classic 1960's Corvettes are available to buy even today and certainly don't look out of place when put up against any modern convertible car. In fact such has been the cars popularity and evolution that a modern day Chevrolet Corvette is still being produced in 2014.