The 1960s were an interesting decade for automobiles. Just 15 years after WWII, automakers were still trying to make a statement in the automotive world. Sports cars didn’t have much to talk about – speeds were painfully slow, designs were too boxy, and performance was extremely questionable. But in a good way, this was the golden age of the sports car. It saw the diversification of sports cars from Great Britain to other parts of Europe until they finally broke the tide and made their way to other continents.
In that sense, the compilation of this list was completely based on performance, speed, design and influence. Of course, there were other great cars produced in this decade. While some have literally disappeared from memory, some are still talked about today. Some of the most influential companies include Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, which were the dominant forces of that time. In fact, some of the supercars they produced were featured in popular movies.
These are our top 10 sports cars of the 1960s.
1966 Lamborghini Miura
With a 1929cc V12 engine that could exploit 262 lb-ft of torque and 350 hp, the 1966 Miura is still considered one of the most beautifully designed cars to date. Twin surfaces divided by a crease midpoint would turn out to be the new build style for the Italian car, replacing previous full-body panel components. Disintegrating the shape into more than two pieces turned out to be ingenious.
A completely new, slim nose paved the way for a large grille and the car instantly caught the world’s attention. The first plan for a mid-engine in a sports car came with its own setbacks, especially in terms of handling and aerodynamic calibration. Ultimately, the car had a certified top speed of 170 mph, but critics were concerned about the poor braking force and uncomfortable lift from the front.
1960 Ferrari 250GT LWB
This sports car was the closest it came to reviving Ferris Bueller’s memorable Spider. The movie (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) uses a 250GT California SWB Spider, which was a watered down version of the LWB Competizione. The 250GT came with a 3L V12 engine that could generate 296 hp. It could reach a top speed of 145 mph, mainly due to short gearing.
1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder
The Maserati Ghibli Spyder was inspired by the Daytona Ferrari, but it’s even rarer than the impressive fastback coupe. The model was produced only in twenty copies and differed from the previous car in terms of visual appearance and lightness. Notable specs included a 4719 V8 engine that could achieve 335 hp and a limited speed of 154 mph, the best speed in the world for a luxury grand tourer at the time.
1963 Porsche 911
This sleek beauty of a Porsche model was owned by Steve McQueen himself. It introduced light chrome fender trims to the American market and also included Fuchs alloys, as well as what were considered high-tech fog lamps in the 1960s. However, its top speed (125 mph) was slightly slower than that of some of his peers. It featured a 2L V6 engine that could produce 158 hp, which was a significant boost over the previous 128. It could also accelerate from 0 to 60 in 8.5 seconds, which was quite impressive in that lightweight package.
1964 Aston Martin DB5
Sir Paul McCartney of the Beatles grabbed this Aston Martin masterpiece a few weeks after being recognized at Johnny Carson’s Late Night where they were officially unveiled to the US The original car interior was leather, which was delicately perched and adorned with musical notes from the company in his honor. There was also a record player for listening to songs while traveling. Performance was brilliant too, as it could sprint from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 143 mph.
Toyota 2000GT (1967-1970)
Toyota is known for mass production of cars, a trademark efficiency that most automakers are still trying to emulate. The 2000GT was the first attempt by the Japanese to build a front mid-engined car. Interestingly, Sean Connery was supposed to travel in 2000GT during his “You Only Live Twice” tour to Japan. It turned out that Mr. Connery was too tall (over 6 ′) to fit in the car. Toyota …