The automotive industry is a sector of fast development. For the past few years, the industry has been putting the pedal to the metal in terms of technological advancement. Hybrid and self-driving cars, for example, have recently been in the centre of attention.
While this is happening, trends are undoubtedly beginning to recycle themselves in the scene. Some cars that are on the road today still strongly echoes the classic design of the past. The Jeep Wrangler, for example, still looks similar to the original Jeep, the Willys-Overland MB from 1941, and the SLS AMG supercar is a modern interpretation of the 1950s 300SL.
Modern cars are of course more reliable, comfortable, safer and mostly cheaper to purchase. We appreciate them, but we do miss the vintage ones too. They are sexier and reflected the mood and trends of the time. Here we reveal a few vintage cars from the 1960s that we would love to get our hands on.
1961 Volvo P1800
The Volvo P1800 is a sports coupe made between 1961 and 1973. Its arrival took everyone by surprise as Volvo is known for plain-looking, rugged family cars. Legendary actor Roger Moore was widely seen racing around in a P1800 in episodes of ‘The Saint’ television series of the 1960s. The car was also quoted as being the inspiration behind Michael Caine’s character Finn McMissile in the Disney/Pixar movie Cars 2.
1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT
The Dino is Ferrari’s first production, mid-engine sports car. It was produced in very limited numbers – just 156 left the factory and today they are by far the most sought after. The early Dinos were handcrafted entirely from aluminium alloy with a 2-litre aluminium Dino V6 transversely mounted behind the driver. For collectors of means, a Dino is a must-have, and not just for its operatic history.
1969 Fairlady Z 432
The first-generation Fairlady Z was one of the world’s most ground-breaking sports cars. It was one of the most desirable cars in Japanese history. The name ‘432’ refers to 4 valves, 3 carburettors and 2 camshafts. The car was not the fastest, but it was the most innovatively styled vehicle of its type.
1969 Triumph TR6
The Triumph TR6 was a best-selling British sports car built between 1968 and 1976. It represents the TR breed especially well. The model featured a 2.5-liter straight-six, coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission with an option for overdrive. The UK version is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds, with an alleged top speed of 120mph.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS
The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was arguably the most iconic Camaro ever produced. It was not the fastest muscle car, but with single-season styling and a unique combination of brake, engine, exhaust, and induction options, it turned on an entire generation of drag racers to the thrill of road racing.
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