1960s Muscle Cars

1960s Muscle Cars

About Celebration of the 1960s: This four-part series looks back at the memorable highlights and trends that made up this exciting decade.

If you were fortunate enough to have lived in the 1960s you know all too well how amazing that decade was for the American automobile. The 1960s were the golden years for American auto manufacturers such as Chevy, Ford and Oldsmobile. With cheap gasoline and open roads, many Americans fell in love with muscle cars. Americans’ need for speed was met by such cars as the Camaro, the Mustang and the super charged Road Runner. These now classic cars remind us of an older time when people knew their neighbors and often left their doors unlocked while away from home.

4 Popular Cars of the Sixties

1964 Ford Mustang

1966 Ford Mustang

It wouldn’t be the 1960s if you didn’t see a bright red Ford Mustang barreling down the many streets and highways of the United States. The Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars of the decade and any one serious about speed had to have one. First introduced in April of 1964, the Mustang was one of the first cars to be labeled a muscle car. Named after the P-51 Mustang fighter plane, this beautifully styled car was first introduced at the 1964 World’s Fair and has been popular ever since.


1966 Chevy Camaro

1967 Chevy Camaro White

The year 1966 saw the birth of the Chevy Camaro. Released for the 1967 model year, the Camaro was General Motors’ answer to the Ford Mustang. Full of power, the Camaro could be purchased with a 230 cu in (3.8 L) engine up to the super charged 427 cu in (7.0 L) engine. This two door coupe was very stylish and became very popular with teenagers and could be found at many drive-in theaters around the country.


1968 Plymouth Road Runner

1960s Plymouth Roadrunner

General Motors and the Ford Motor Company weren’t the only automakers to put their hats in the race. The Chrysler Corporation also built one of the most memorable of all muscle cars of the 1960s. Under their Plymouth label, Chrysler first released the Road Runner in 1968 after paying Warner Brothers $50,000 to use the name based on the popular Road Runner cartoon. Just like its cartoon counterpart, the Plymouth Road Runner was one fast car. The standard Road Runner has a powerful 383 CID (6.3 L) Roadrunner V8 engine. But for those who wanted more speed there was an option to upgrade to the 440 cu in (7.2 L) V8 model.

Volkswagen Bus

Volkswagen Transporter Bus

The 1960s was definitely the decade of the car but not all were muscle cars or American. Volkswagen was also a very popular automaker in the 1960s. From the Volkswagen Beatle that was first introduced in the United States in 1949 which later to become very popular in the 1960s, to the Volkswagen Bus which teenagers loved to take on road trips to the beach.

If you were lucky enough to have lived in the Sixties, we hope reading about these classic cars has brought back some fond memories. The 1960s had great cars, great music and summers that never seemed to end. If only we could transport ourselves back to this time of excitement. But just remembering these great times will surely bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Written by Don Waters, Jr.

Now that we’ve highlighted the best muscle cars from the 1960s, be sure to check out the best cars for seniors and more articles about senior living on the SeniorAdvisor.com blog.

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  1. Jason Appelbaum April 26, 2016 Reply

    Man, I love these old cars…maybe one on cars of the 70s?

  2. dathi nogla May 25, 2016 Reply

    hi joey

    • veronica gomez August 31, 2016 Reply

      Daithi De Nogla is that really u?

  3. Sydney Petersen September 12, 2016 Reply

    I also love these old car, there my favs!!1

    • reaper October 20, 2016 Reply


    • Sydney Walter March 7, 2019 Reply

      Same here they the best thing that probably could have happened in my life

  4. reaper October 20, 2016 Reply

    1964 mustang my favorite

  5. reaper October 20, 2016 Reply

    mustang 1964 my favorite

  6. Jeff Steelflex April 27, 2017 Reply

    Love the Road Runner #OLDIES

    • Jeff Steelflex May 1, 2017 Reply

      I totes agree with u Steelflex, by the way sweet name!!!!!!!!!

  7. Steve Harve May 1, 2017 Reply

    Ya, Jeff you sound like a pretty cool dude 😉

  8. nicholas hager June 8, 2017 Reply

    i love old cars.

  9. bax bordon November 1, 2017 Reply


  10. Antman101 November 1, 2017 Reply

    I love these cars

  11. daddy November 6, 2017 Reply

    man that volkswagon bus is really cool I once got to drive my dads truck and i want supreme stickers

  12. Caden O April 9, 2018 Reply

    plymouth road runner all the way

  13. west side April 26, 2018 Reply

    I can’t get enough of that Plymouth road runner

  14. destiny M May 8, 2018 Reply

    the old fords are really nice

  15. lamborgini October 22, 2018 Reply

    Ummmm where are the Bugati’s at

  16. patrick May 17, 2019 Reply

    l love vintage cars

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