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10 of the best cars of the 60s

10 of the best cars of the 60s

Fancy nostalgic driving? We select 10 of the best cars from the 60s to take you back

The swinging 1960s were an era of free love, social change, and affordable electricity bills. It was also a revolutionary era for the auto industry, with some of the most innovative and best-loved cars of all time filling our roads. For very different reasons, here are our top 10 cars of the 60s.

With the money you’ll save buying your new car through carwow – or the windfall you could get from selling your unwanted car, why not take the opportunity to make your 1960s dream come true? Below is a selection of 10 of the best cars from the 1960s.

  1. BMC/Austin Mini
  2. Volkswagen Beetle
  3. Ford Mustang
  4. Jaguar E-Type
  5. Citroen DS
  6. Rover P6
  7. MGB
  8. Triumph TR4
  9. Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
  10. Ford Cortina

1. BMC/Austin Mini

  • Built: 1959-2000
  • Engine: 848cc 4-cyl
  • Top speed: 80mph
  • New price: £592
  • Value now: £10,000

If ever there was a car that defined the Swinging Sixties, it was the Mini. Fashion icon or simply functional, functional transportation, the front-wheel drive Mini was a masterpiece of packaging, styling and driver entertainment.

It was also an iconic racing car and a gigantic rally car, winning the Monte Carlo rally a whopping three times.

2. Volkswagen Beetle

  • Built: 1937-2009
  • Engine: 1200cc 4-cyl
  • Top speed: 78mph
  • New price: £603
  • Value now: £12,000

The beetle existed well before the 1960s, and long after. More than six million were sold between 1937 and 2009, when the last Mexican-made Beetle was built. But the 1960s saw the Beetle’s heyday when it became an icon of surf culture, while its iconic status is more universal today. It remains one today.

Earlier “oval window” cars are most desirable, but any traditionally shaped beetle has a strong collector following.

3. Ford Mustang

  • Built: 1964-1970
  • Engine: 5.0-litre V8
  • Top speed: 120mph
  • New price: £1,100
  • Value now: £25,000

When it debuted in 1964, the Ford Mustang sent a shockwave through the British auto industry, which had enjoyed years of sales success exporting sports cars to the United States. The ‘Pony Car’ was America’s own performance icon and the precursor to a great muscle car era.

The original model was sold for six years, but the model name has been used continuously for more than six decades, with the alternative being the new Mustang Mach-E.

4. Jaguar E-Type

  • Built: 1961-1975
  • Engine: 3.8 liter 6cyl
  • Top speed: 150mph
  • New price: £1,692
  • Value now: £100,000

Introduced at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type was like nothing else. A beautifully styled aerodynamic roadster or coupé, it had breathtaking styling and 150mph performance. It instantly became the most desirable car of its time, and for good reason.

The original roadster and coupe were followed by a 2+2 and then a flagship V12, the latter sporting a massive 5.3-litre engine.

5. Citroen DS

  • Built: 1955-1976
  • Engine: 1.9 liter 4-cyl
  • Top speed: 90mph
  • New price: £748
  • Value now: £20,000

The Citroën DS was a French revolution – a car like no other. Front-wheel drive, equipped with liquid-filled suspension and with headlamps that revolved around the bends, it was truly a marvel and a technological feat.

It was also a successful rally car and at one time the world’s largest seven-seat family-sized estate car.

6. Rover P6

  • Built: 1963-1976
  • Engine: 3.5 liter V8
  • Top speed: 124 mph
  • New price: £1,038
  • Value now: £11,000

The Rover P6 – or 2000/2200/3500 as it was officially known – was an incredibly advanced car for the British car industry. Introduced in 1965, it featured bolt-on panels over a steel monocoque, with in-board disc brakes and complex multiple suspension. It was great to drive, especially when fitted with a 3.5-litre V8.

The Rover 3500 was a great luxury cruiser and also the preferred means of transport for the British highway police.

7. MGB

  • Built: 1962-1980
  • Engine: 1.8 liter 4-cyl
  • Top speed: 101mph
  • New price: £859
  • Value now: £12,000

Launched in 1962, the MGB quickly became the world’s best-selling sports car, despite being based on the bottom of a Morris J4 van. Today it is the most popular classic car in the UK, with over 20,000 known to survive in the UK alone.

The early models in particular are becoming quite collectible, as are the rare V8-powered variants, while the later models with rubber bumpers are an affordable way to own classic cars.

8. Triumph TR4

  • Built: 1961-1966
  • Engine: 2.1 liter 4-cyl
  • Top speed: 115mph
  • New price: £996
  • Value now: £26,000

Triumph had had huge export success with the traditional TR2 and TR3 models, but by 1964 they were long in the tooth. A collaboration with Italian styling house Michelotti changed all that, and the resulting TR4 was a beautiful machine that revived Triumph’s export sales.

The TR4 was replaced in 1964 by the nearly identical-looking TR5, which introduced a brand new six-cylinder engine and was even more of a muscle car.

9. Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

  • Built: 1966-1981
  • Engine: 6.75 liter V8
  • Top speed: 130mph
  • New price: £4,334
  • Value now: £15,000

When it debuted in 1966, the original Silver Shadow was voted ‘the best car in the world’ and in many ways it was. It had a flying carpet ride thanks to Citroën-derived suspension, was extremely comfortable and quite fast too. The power output of the 6.75-litre V8 engine has never been disclosed, but has simply been described by Rolls-Royce as “sufficient”.

It enjoyed a production run of 16 years and was eventually replaced by the Silver Spirit, which was based on the same set of parts but had a square appearance for the 1980s.

10. Ford Cortina

  • Built: 1962-1981
  • Engine: 1.5 liter 4-cyl
  • Top speed: 84mph
  • New price: £692
  • Value now: £7,000

The Ford bestseller debuted in 1962 and invented the fleet market overnight. But more than that, it also became an iconic competition car thanks to Lotus’ input. The Lotus Cortina is a huge collector’s item these days.

But every Cortina tells a story, and with a lifespan of 20 years, the Ford family favorite found a place in many people’s hearts – even the regular models.

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