Do You Remember These Cars From the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s?

By: Robin Tyler
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Cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s  are auto classics when matched up against modern vehicles. They have no power steering, no climate control and certainly no onboard computers. But many of the classic models are sought after today.

The '50s were an exciting time in the world of motoring and saw a styling shift as cars moved from the rounded looks of the 1930s and 1940s into the long, sleek vehicles of the 1950s, especially when it came to American models. Chrome became the order of the day, lots of chrome, together with pointy tail fins and convertibles.

And if you think of the 1960s, muscle cars immediately spring to mind. This was the decade that gave us the Ford Mustang, Pontiac GTO, Chevrolet Camaro and so many more. On the other side of the Atlantic, European styling maintained sleek lines that one associated with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari, cars that were imported into the United States in increasing numbers.

Finally, the 1970s brought a range of styles, from big, brash American sedans to their smaller Japanese counterparts whose popularity soared during the oil crisis. What all three of these decades proved, however, is that consumers want a range of options when it comes to picking out their perfect car.

Let's see how many cars from the '50s, '60s and '70s you can identify. 





The Grand Sports badge first appeared on the Buick Skylark in 1965. By 1967, it was a marque all of its own. In 1970, the company released the Grand Sport 455, considered by many experts to be one of the greatest muscle cars ever built.

Throughout its history, Chevrolet has produced some incredible models. The El Camino is undoubtedly one of them. It was available in several body options, including utility vehicle and coupe.

Introduced in 1953 and produced until 1958, around 36,000 of the ZB Varitone Model by MG were made. This MG model had a top speed of around 86 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 18.2 seconds. It was powered by a 1.5-liter engine.

Rolls Royce produced this luxury two-door saloon between 1975 and 1986. It was designed by the legendary Pininfarina design house in Italy, with Paolo Martin as lead designer. The Camargue was the first Rolls Royce that was not designed by the company since World War II.

The first luxury 4x4 sold by Jeep, Wagoneers were produced for 28 years, from 1963 to 1991. The first generation shared much with the Jeep Gladiator and was available as both a two-door or four-door model.

A stylish roadster from the 1950s, the P1900 had a fiberglass body. Only 68 of these stunning machines were built between 1956 and 1957. The P1900 had a 3-speed manual gearbox and was powered by a 1,400cc straight-four engine.

A true classic from the '50s and '60s, the 300 SL began life as a racing car in 1952 but soon became a production car in 1954 as a two-door coupe. The 300 SL became instantly recognizable thanks to its gull-wing doors. Just over 3,200 of the coupe and roadster were built up until 1963.

Built between 1957 and 1962, the Porsche 718 was a racing car from the German manufacturer. It was powered by a 142 brake horsepower, 1.5-liter boxer engine. In 1961, a Porsche 718 driven by Masten Gregory and Bob Holbert won its class at the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.

Available only in Japan, the Chaser was produced between 1977 and 2001, first as a compact car and then, from 1988, in the mid-size car segment. The Chaser shared the same chassis with two other Toyota models, the Cressida/Mark II, and the Cresta. Thanks to its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, the Chaser became a popular car to use in drifting.

The Brookwood, a full-sized station wagon was produced by Chevrolet over two periods - first from 1958 to 1961 and again from 1969 to 1972. It was an entry-level station wagon offered by the company during both its production runs.

Available as a two-door roadster or coupe, the MGA was extremely popular outside Britain with more than 95% of the over 100,000 built exported. Over its production that ran from 1955 to 1962, six distinct models were available, including a Twin Cam version powered by a 1.6-liter engine.

This two-door, two-seater sports car was first marketed by Nissan in 1969. It is one of the great classic Japanese sports cars.

The second generation of this classic Ford pickup was built between 1953 and 1956. By 1956, they were sporting a V8 engine, giving them around 180 brake horsepower, a lot of grunt for the time!

Not many people know, but Peugeot is the oldest car manufacturers in the world. Their most popular model, the 504, was produced between 1968 and 1983 and is the company's highest-selling model.

Released between 1976 and 1986, Jeep’s CJ-7 was one of the most popular off-roaders available during those 10 years. It had a sizeable 93.5-inch wheelbase which, coupled with a 3-speed gearbox, meant the Jeep went places other 4x4s had trouble getting to. The top of the range CJ-7 was powered by a 304 cubic inch V8.

This mid-size luxury car formed part of the Audi fleet from 1968 to 1994. Early versions of the 100 were available as either a two-door or four-door saloon or a two-door coupe.

Built between 1952 and 1959, the Capri was a full-size luxury sedan. Three generations featured in those seven years with the Capri available as a coupe, convertible, sedan and hardtop and as either a two-door or four-door. The Capri was often used in racing and won its section of the Pan American Road Race in both 1952 and 1953.

First marketed in Europe as the Hillman Avenger, this four-door small family car received Chrysler branding from 1976 to 1979. From 1971 to 1973, before it received its Chrysler badge for the European market, it was sold in America as the Plymouth Cricket. Three models of the Avenger were available to the motoring public - LS, GL and GLS.

One of the most famous marques of the Corvette is the Mk II Stingray, produced between 1963 and 1967. This classic had either a 2-speed automatic gearbox or 3-speed manual with a range of engine options, including small and big-block V8s.

The Impala brand has been used by Chevrolet since the 1950s. The first generation, released in 1958, sports that classic '50s look. It was available as a two-door hardtop or convertible.

A stalwart of the Chevy pickup fleet in the 1970s, the C30 is considered to be the first of the modern pickup trucks. It was also the first Chevy with the crew cab option, meaning the truck could easily seat six people.

Also known as the Holden Business, the 48-215 was a Holden model produced in Australia from 1948 to 1953. It was the first model from General Motors to be marketed under the Holden name.

Arguably the most iconic muscle car ever, the Mustang was first released in 1964. It proved to be one of the most successful debuts ever, and within a year, 400,000 units had been sold, which quadrupled Ford’s sale estimates.

Established in 1902, Cadillac is the second-oldest automotive brand in America. The Eldorado, introduced in 1959, had everything you could wish for in a ‘50s classic, including ridiculously long and pointy tailfins and chrome, lots of chrome. But finding one today is like finding a needle in a haystack.

The American Motors Corporation manufactured the subcompact class Gremlin between 1970 and 1978. A number of models were produced but it was the Gremlin-powered either 5.0-liter or 6.6-liter V8s that are considered to be muscle cars.

Produced between 1948 and 1953, the B Series was a pickup truck available as either a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton option.

More than 3.8 million units of the Fiat 500 were produced from 1957 to 1971. The first model made in the 1960s, the 500 D featured a bigger engine than the early models (upgraded to 500cc) as well as "suicide" doors.

Produced by Dodge between 1955 and 1956, this 2-door hardtop was specifically aimed at the fairer sex. Only 2,500 were sold in a two-year period, although little evidence suggests that it was well marketed.

Part of the Volvo 200 series, the 262C was a special edition designed with the help of Italian styling house, Bertone. It was available for a three-year period between 1978 and 1981. It was only available as a coupe which featured some unique styling when compared to its counterparts in the series.

Along with the F-150, the Task Force was the quintessential pickup in the 1950s. With its incredible lines, this body shape is still in demand to this day. Power plant options included a 3.9-liter straight-six as well as a 4.6-liter V8.

This sportscar in the grand tourer class instantly became a classic when released in 1963. It did, of course, help that none other than James Bond drove a DB5 in several classic Bond films. It was available as both a two-door convertible and two-door hardtop.

Produced between 1977 and 1988, the Diplomat contested the mid-size car segment. It is the same car as the Plymouth Gran Fury. The Diplomat came with three engine options - a 3.7-liter straight-six, a 5.2-liter V8, or a 5.9-liter V8. Diplomats were a favored vehicle for city police forces around the United States.

One of the most loved models of the original Mini, the Cooper S was the brainchild of Formula One team owner John Cooper. It was a performance Mini with far more power, better brakes, and carburetor.

This classic Ferrari from the 1950s is still in demand today. Powered by a 3.0-liter V12, a Spider sold for $5.74 million at auction in 2012.

Built for rallying, the Lancia Stratos didn't disappoint, winning the World Rally Championship for three years from 1974 to 1976. Only 490 were made, and each produced around 190 brake horsepower.

Indeed an iconic name in American motoring, the Cadillac DeVille was produced starting in 1958. The first generation saw the vehicle into the 1960s and featured extremely pointy tail fins. It was available as either a two- or four-door hardtop that seated four people with ease.

Sold for a period of nine years from 1966 to 1975, the BMW 1602 was a two-door cabriolet which included a high-performance version, the TI. This model was not sold in the United States as it did not meet emissions requirements at the time.

Although it had been in production for close to 30 years, 1965 saw significant changes for the Beetle with the introduction of larger windows, which gave it a more modern look. It retained that classic Beetle shape, however.

Since its inception in 1974, the Rabbit has gone from strength to strength. Volkswagen’s tagline, ‘The People’s Car,’ easily moved from the aging Beetle to this hatchback. Currently in its seventh model in the range over the last 40 years, Rabbits are sophisticated, high-performance vehicles. And they are popular, too!

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