Forgotten American Cars of the ’60s

Here are a few classic American cars of the 60’s that are often overshadowed by the iconic cars that everyone remembers…

Mustangs, Camaros, and Cobras were born in the ’60s. But some other great cars of the ’60s were overshadowed by these icons. Keep reading to discover some of them here.

Forgotten Cars of the 60s

Forgotten American Cars of the 60’s

Iconic cars like the Mustang, Camaro, and Cobra were all born in the ’60s.

Here are a few classic American cars of the ’60s that are often overshadowed by the more familiar names that everyone remembers.

Keep reading and discover a few of these gems that you may have forgotten about.

Plymouth Valiant

Plymouth Valiant - Cars of the '60s
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Everything was so cool on the Valiant, the lines, the tailfins – especially on the 1960 Valiant, like the one shown here.

Buick GS

Buick GS - Cars of the '60s

The Gran Sport name has appeared on several of Buick’s high-performance muscle cars.

Buick GS models were opulently equipped and looked like your grandpa’s Buick…but with a 400.

Oldsmobile Cutlass F-85

Oldsmobile Cutlass F-85 4-4-2

Oldsmobile’s compact Cutlass F-85’s were unibody cars with all-aluminum engines and optional factory turbos.

The Cutlass evolved into a line of its own, spawning numerous variants, including the formidable 4-4-2 muscle car in 1964, pictured here.

Pontiac Tempest

1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO - Cars of the '60s

The first and second-generation Pontiac Tempests were produced from 1961 through 1970. The 1964 Tempest, pictured here, spawned the GTO, which evolved to become the defining muscle car of the 1960s.

Chevy Corvair

1968 Chevy Corvair Convertible - Cars of the '60s

Produced from 1960–1969, the Chevy Corvair was a compact, sporty car, powered by a rear-engine air-cooled flat 6. A 1968 Chevrolet Corvair convertible is pictured here.

Ford Falcon

1962 Ford Falcon - Cars of the '60s
1962 Ford Falcon

The Ford Falcon was introduced in 1960 and the standard model was initially a huge sales success.

Redesigned in 1964 to appeal to a more youthful market, the Falcon eventually gave birth to the Mustang later that year, which helped speed the Falcon’s fade into obscurity.

The Falcon was last produced in 1970.

Ford Torino

1969 Ford Torino GT - Cars of the '60s
1969 Ford Torino GT

Many full-size muscle cars have been overshadowed by pony cars and sometimes midsize cars. The Ford Torino was one of them.

The Torino lived in the shadow of the Mustang, and had it not been for the movie “Gran Torino”, many people today would not have remembered that car ever existed.

Studebaker GT Hawk

1962 Studebaker GT Hawk - Cars of the '60s

The Studebaker GT Hawk was the last of the Hawk series of cars that began with the Golden Hawk in 1956.

Sold between 1962 and 1964, the GT Hawks were some of the last cars Studebaker made before the company went out of business.

AMC Javelin

1968 AMC Javelin - Cars of the '60s

Debuting in 1967, the first generation of Javelins was AMC’s entry into the “pony car” market.

Although highly touted, it was completely overshadowed by the Trans-Am series legend ’71 to ’74 Javelin.

The first generation Javelins including the ’68 pictured here, didn’t perform as well, but it’s still one really good-looking car.

Mercury Cougar

1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT-E

Introduced in 1967, the Cougar, often labeled “the executive Mustang”, gave Mercury its own “pony car”.

The 1968 XR7 GT-E pictured here, is a muscle car rarity, with only 394 ever built.

The photo below is a base model ’68 Cougar.

1968 Mercury Cougar

While the Boss Mustang still gets most of the attention, people who know cars find the Cougar an intriguing car.

Mercury Cyclone

1969 Mercury Cyclone Cobra Jet - Cars of the '60s

The Cyclone was introduced in 1964 as an option for the Mercury Comet. Production ended in 1970, with only 30 cars built.

The 1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet, pictured here, featured a 428 cu in, 335 hp engine.

In the style of other muscle cars, it had a blacked-out grille, dual exhausts, chromed engine parts, and a competition handling package.

Pontiac Lemans

1969 Pontiac Lemans

Pontiac enthusiasts popularized the Lemans by modifying them into GTO tribute cars. After all, they are a pretty-convincing look alike.

The 1969 Pontiac Lemans convertible pictured here, featured a 350 ci engine, and an automatic Turbo 350 transmission.

While the ’69 GTO “Judge” gets most of the attention, people who know Pontiacs find the 1969 Lemans more of a collector’s model.

Written by OldCarNutz

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