Every decade throws up some special vehicles. Think of the early 1900s, almost the dawn of time when it comes to motoring. The Model T, the brainchild of Henry Ford revolutionized motoring for the man in the street. Thanks to Ford's brilliance, average Joes now had a way to afford a motor vehicle.
That made the Model T a classic for sure!
And a classic car is not only about its practicality. Sometimes it's simply how beautiful it is. In that regard, the 1930s threw up some of the greatest designs ever seen, the Duesenberg SJ, the Jaguar SS Roadster and the Cord Phaeton. All of these vehicles are simply stunning even by today's design standards.
But what about the 1950s to the 1970s? What classic cars can we find in those three decades? Well, the answer is plenty! Think about it, the '50s had beautiful British and Italian sports cars, the 60's howling muscle cars, and the 1970s saw the birth of the sports car with Ferrari and Lamborghini leading the pack. No matter which decade you pick, there are many classic cars to choose from.
Let's see if you can identify them from just an image!
One of the most famous brands 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 V8’s.
Although it was introduced in the late 1930's, by the 1960's the Volkswagen Beetle had become one of the most iconic cars ever made.
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.
The second generation of this classic Ford pickup was built between 1953 and 1956. And by 1956, they were sporting a V8 engine, giving them around 180 brake horsepower, a lot of grunt for the time!
The bulk of the Rolls Royce models sold from the mid-'50s to 'mid-60s were the Silver Cloud model - 7,322 in all. During that 11-year period, three generations were produced all available as either a 4-door saloon, 2-door coupe or 2-door convertible.
Based on the two-seat Isetta microcar, the 600 microcar was bigger and could seat four occupants. It was the first four-person car produced in Germany after the war but was not much of a success in terms of sales through the 1950s. The 600 was powered by a 600cc engine.
The Challenger was first introduced in 1970 as a muscle car. The top of the range model from this era was powered by a 6.98-liter Chrysler Hemi engine. Since its reintroduction in 2008, over 400,000 Challengers have been sold.
Produced between 1962 and 1971, the Jeep Gladiator was available in both a four-wheel drive and rear wheel drive option. Obviously, the four-wheel drive was far more capable off-road. Suspension options also varied with either a solid front axle or an independent front section. Power plant options changed many times through the years.
In 1959, the Mini Mk 1 was introduced to the world. And what a popular car it proved to be. Over the years, it underwent several upgrades, but that distinct Mini appeal never left. The last of these cars rolled off the production line in the late 1990s.
An entry-level Porsche between 1965 and 1969, the 912 is a variant of the 911. Initially, it even outsold its more famous sibling. Although it was not as powerful as the 911, it was incredibly fuel efficient.
The brainchild of Carroll Shelby, the Cobra first revved in anger in 1962. Based on a lightweight body that he imported from the AC Cars, Shelby bolted a Ford 260 engine to it. And the rest is history! In the years that followed, Shelby bolted even bigger engines to the AC frame which brought about a car with nimble handling and lots and lots of power.
A true classic from the '50s, the 300 SL started 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 gullwing doors. Just over 3,200 of the coupe and roadster were built up until 1963.
One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by Chevrolet was the Belair. Manufactured between 1955 and 1957, it will always be remembered for its fantastic trim.
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.
Introduced in 1962, the Jetfire from Oldsmobile used a sports water injection system. For this to work, owners had to top up their Turbo Rocket Fuel, essentially a mixture of water and alcohol. They forget, and although it wasn't meant to, it affected the performance of the turbocharger and made the engine die.
The 2000GT sports car was a model offered by Toyota between 1967 and 1970. Essentially, this was the first supercar built by a Japanese firm. The 2000GT was powered by a 2.0-liter straight six engine capable of producing 150 brake horsepower. Only 351 were built.
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.
Sold for a period of nine years from 1966 to 1975, the BMW 1602 was a two-door cabriolet that included a high-performance version, the TI. This model was not sold in the United States as it did not meet emission requirements at the time.
Northwestern Auto Parts Company or Napco was a company established in 1918 that specialized in making four-wheel drive systems for vehicles. One of these projects was for Chevrolet pickups from 1942 to 1956. This gave the vehicle moderate off-road capabilities.
The two-door Barracuda was a muscle car from auto manufacturer Plymouth manufactured between 1964 and 1974. Interestingly, the Barracuda was introduced before the Mustang, by a mere two weeks. The first generation was noted for its wraparound back window. Two power units were available for this model, a 2.8 liter straight six and a 3.7 liter straight six capable of producing 145 brake horsepower.
Volkswagen started the ‘hot hatch’ revolution with the introduction of the Golf GTI in 1976. This was a Golf Mk 1 with a high performance engine, and instantly became a hit.
The BGT from MG was part of the BG range. It was produced from 1965 to 1980 and was powered by a 1.8-liter engine. The BGT was a fixed roof 2-door roadster.
First manufactured in 1967, the Camaro is one of the most popular Chevrolet models ever. This muscle car has seen six different generations although there was a break in production from 2002 to 2010. The current Camaro offers three different engine configurations with the SS sporting a 6.2 liter V8 capable of producing 455 brake horsepower.
The most expensive car ever sold at auction is a Ferrari GTO, sold in California in 2014 for $38 million. It was then sold a year later for $52 million in a private deal to an unnamed buyer. This GTO was the personal property of the legendary Stirling Moss.
Pontiac produced some iconic names in motoring and none more so than its GTO. The first models, released in 1964, were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe. This was a serious muscle car and remains a firm favorite with enthusiasts today.
This famous racing car was driven to victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia race in Italy by none other than Sterling Moss and navigator, Denis Jenkinson. Jenkinson used pace notes, which combined with the power of the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR meant the team was practically unstoppable.
BMW produced a little over 500 examples of this sports touring car from 1962 to 1965. The 3200 Coupe was essentially seen as a 2-door grand tourer and was powered by the first-ever V8 car engine produced by the company.
First released in 1964, the Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. Sales in its first year were well beyond what Ford had envisaged as around 400,000 vehicles were shifted.
Early NASCAR racing saw drivers using stock vehicles, hence the term, stock car. The Hudson Hornet was so dominant that if you were not driving one, you didn't stand a chance of a NASCAR win, no matter how talented a driver you were.
In 2016, a buyer paid $21.7 million for a 1950s Jaguar D-Type! Simply staggering numbers for an equally staggeringly beautiful car.
The fastback version of the Cyclone sold 6,105 models in that year and was certainly seen as a popular muscle car. The Cyclone was powered by a range of V8 engines including the 428 cubic inches Cobra Jet.
A front wheel drive muscle car? Yes, we give the Toronado muscle car status! Produced from 1966 to 1971, it certainly featured some unique styling, but under the hood, it had that all-important V8.
Porsche produced this racing sports car from 1953 to 1956. The 1.5-liter Type 547 engine produced 108 brake horsepower. Another popular car at auction time, a 550 sold as recently as 2016 for $5.4 million.
Created as a high-speed racing machine, especially for NASCAR, the Superbird was also for sale to the public. The first models appeared in 1970 and were instantly recognizable thanks to the massive spoiler on the back.
At 5.8 meters, the Mark V was certainly a long car, especially for a 2-door coupe. Built between 1977 and 1979, the Mark V had two powerplant options, a 6.6-liter V8 or a 7.5-liter V8. 228,262 were sold in three years, making the Mark V the most sold model of the Mark series.
Built for rallying, the Lancia Stratos didn't disappoint, winning the World Rally championship for three years from 1974 to 1976.
Initially, a trim package for the CJ-5 introduced in 1961, the Tuxedo Park included some more chrome add-ons, an Indian ceramic steering wheel, and different vinyl trims. The Tuxedo Park become its own model in 1965 and to differentiate it from other models it had chrome bumpers, badges, and hubcaps as well as a column shift amongst other little changes.
Around 180,000 models of the BMW 700 were built during its production run from 1959 to 1965. The 700 came in various body styles including saloon, coupe, and convertible. The 700 was powered by a 700 cc motor.
Essentially a modified Dodge Charger, the Daytona was first released in 1969. Other models were also built from 2006 to 2009, in 2013 and again in 2017. The first Daytona was intended as a NASCAR racer and won its first race. The latest Daytona, the 392, features either a 5.7 Liter or 6.4 Liter V8.
The Thunderbird was originally devised by Ford to compete with the first generation Corvette. Much debate rages whether this vehicle could be considered a muscle car but early models certainly displayed many traits adopted by muscle cars in the 1960s.