The most iconic 60s cars

The 60s knew what it was about: free love, great music, and some truly classic cars. We run through some of our favourite makers and models of 60s cars in this era of cool.

Ford Mustang

Is there any car that defines the 60s in America better than the Ford Mustang? Rolled out in 1964 this car may not have been the fastest on the market, but it was definitely one of the best looking. Since the 60s the engines have gotten a whole lot better, but the prices have stayed affordable. Ford’s classic 60s car has truly stood the test of time.

The Mini

We couldn’t possibly have a list of 60s cars without making a space for the Austin Mini. Originally billed as a small economy car, it became a huge icon of British pop culture, especially after its spectacular turn starring alongsideMichael Caine in The Italian Job. It got a makeover when BMW purchased the Rover Group and rolled out the new MINI series in 2000.

Bentley T1

Back in the 60s, if you wanted luxury you went for a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce. The Bentley T1 may have taken its inspiration from the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, but it was easily the more expensive (and sought after) set of wheels. If you wanted to make a statement with your wallet, the Bentley T1 was the way to do it.

Volkswagen Beetle

Just like the Mini, the Beetle carved out a space for itself in 60s car culture. They were first manufactured during WW2, but the sales didn’t truly boom until 20 years later. VW Beetles grew in popularity based on their reputation for being cheap, fairly reliable, and a little bit fun, and by the end of the decade they had sold into the millions. After being on our roads for almost 80 years, Volkswagen halted production to concentrate on their newer zippier models, but we’ll never forget the impact of the Beetle.

Ford Anglia

Another Ford hits out list and this one is decidedly less sexy than the Mustang. However, from the years of 1959-1967 you couldn’t move in the UK without seeing a Ford Anglia whizz by. It was so iconic it even made an appearance in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

This model will forever be tied to the 60s, even if it was replaced by the slicker Escort, and eventually the Ford Focus we now know and love.

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