1960's Vehicles

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Vehicles of the 1960's

The 1960's in the automotive world was all about speed, power and a custom look. As the 1960's progressed and technology improved so did engine performance. Automakers were also catching on to the trend of customization, producing cars with more style and more custom-ability. The American muscle car makes it debut in the 1960's and Detroit becomes the heartbeat of American muscle.

The automotive industry could not totally avoid the struggles of expanding markets and increasing gas prices due to the ongoing Cold War which meant that smaller more gas-efficient trucks came into existence. Japanese makers like Datsun and Toyota introduce smaller sub-compact trucks as these vehicles become more about style over function. They also become a great vehicle to customize and use as hot rod as the years went on.


Task 1: Watch the Introductory Video to this Unit (5 minutes)

Task 2: Review the provided images and attached links for vehicles during the 1960's (15 minutes)

Task 4: Concept Cars of the Decade (25 minutes)

  • Go to GOOGLE CLASSROOM and select a slide from the shared Google Slides document for this assignment

    • Add Your Name to the Top

  • Explore concept car designs in the 1960’s

    • Research how these cars vary from traditional production models

  • Select ONE (1) concept car to Research

  • Research Your Selection

    • Who Made the Car

    • What Year was it Produced

    • What Features made it a Concept Car

      • What future trends were the vehicle/manufacturer predicting with there design

      • How do these features represent American culture at the time

  • Create your One (1) Slide Sharing Your Findings

    • Include:

      • Car Name

      • Your Research

      • A Picture

      • A Video (If Available)

Sports Cars - American Muscle Cars

Speed mattered most as drag racing held its vast popularity into the early 60s. The engines developed and grew while the cars remained the same size. Performance models of cars were also being produced. The 1962 Dodge Dart was a cornerstone of early 60s muscle cars because it had a 13 second quarter-mile drag-strip run. As the desire for faster drag times grew, manufacturers focused their resources on creating faster cars. Dodge and Plymouth dropped their big cars and the 1963 Pontiac Super Duty had a lightening-hole “swiss cheese” frame. This meant grapefruit size holes were drilled into the chassis rails which made the car significantly lighter. (https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/muscle-cars-explained-history/ )

1962 Dodge Dart

1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO

1964 Ford Mustang


GMC introduced new pickup designs at the start of the decade—including a full-width hood, jet pod grilles, and a pinched-waist body crease. Ford expanded their pickup truck cab by producing their first crew cab vehicle in 1965, following the introduction of the factory-built Dodge crew cab in 1963. Japanese manufacturers Datsun and Toyota changed the pickup culture in North America in the 1960s by introducing the compact pickup truck. In the 1960s, pickup truck transmissions improved dramatically across-the-board as pickups were now designed to travel longer distances at a higher speed, while carrying a heavier load. (https://www.buyautoinsurance.com/pickup-truck-history/ )

1965 Ford F-100

1963 Dodge W200 Power Wagon

1964 Toyota Stout

Hot Rods

The decade of the 1960s was a strange period for hot rods and custom cars as both would witness a demise in popularity. Many factors created the right climate for nearly ending customizing and hot rodding, and much of it had to do with what was going on in Detroit.

Production cars were becoming more stylized, with thinner roofs, shorter body sections, and more sculpturing than anything that had been available through most of the 1950s. With slim, tall fins; lots of glass; and tighter body sections, they took on a look that was a natural progression of American automobile design. The look was hard to match by custom cars based on 1940s and early 1950s cars. (https://auto.howstuffworks.com/hot-rod7.htm )

1928 Ford Roadster

1932 Ford Tudor

1964 Plymouth Barracuda