The Most Epic Car Masterpieces From The 50’s-70’s

Innovation is constantly happening, with the latest cars, boasting exciting new savvy updates.   Yet few cars can compare to the classic beauties that were created in the 50’s era. Due to our excitement, we have decided to highlights some of the most influential and important models from this decade.

1950 Jaguar XK120

What a beauty! William Lyons, the owner of Jaguar, was responsible for the design of this baby. This a car just oozes an air of suave and sophistication with its stunning lines. It also had a 3.4-liter, double-overhead-cam inline-six that produced 160 brake horsepower. This automobile was originally only intended to be a limited edition, but due to such high demand, it led to a high production.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

This shimmering beauty shows off a 454 cubic inch engine with an insane 500 units of horsepower. The 1970 Chevelle can go from 0-62 in just six seconds flat. Yep, you read that right! This absolute stunner had drivers going wild after it, and it is no surprise why.

1957 Ford Thunderbird

Just look at that smooth operator! The two-seater Thunderbird was made in response to Chevy’s introduction of the Corvette. This in its heyday, was the ultimate in luxury car, even outselling the Chevy’s sports car. The car boasted a 312 cu.-in., 5.1-liter V8 that produced 245 horsepower. The color of this baby is on point.

1969 Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger was based on the Chrysler B platform, and it was created to be the mid-size sports car that would fit in between the Ford Mustang and Ford Thunderbird, with the intention of creating a fastback look.

1976 Mustang Cobra II

The Mustang Cobra was produced over a two-year period between 1976 and 1978 and looked closely like the Shelby’s from the ‘60s and ‘70s with their classic look. The Cobra II had front and rear spoilers, racing strips, a blackout grill and a hood scoop.

1959 MG MGA 1500

The MGA  represented a complete styling refresh from MG’s earlier sports car models. It was officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show.  Yet only 5869 cars were sold on the home market, which at the time was the lowest percentage of any British car. It was later replaced by the MGB.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Only sixty-nine in total of the boy racer 1969 Chevrolet Camaro was made. Though few in number, these babies have got some power in their 500 horsepower engine.

1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Although the DB5 is often in the limelight for being the James Bond mobile, the DB4 was a brilliant car in its own right. This stunner, the GT Zagato, was a high-performance version of the DB4, catching eyes of car lovers everywhere in 1959. This machine was meant for speed.

1965 Sunbeam Tiger

Designed by racing driver Carroll Shelby, the V8 Sunbeam Tiger is a high-performance version of the Alpine roadster. Introduced by British manufacturer Rootes, the Sunbeam Tiger part of the Sunbeam Alpine series I.

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

1955 was the year of the revolutionary 265 cu.-in. “small block” V8. With its attractive exterior, this was the show stopper of its time, with Turbo Fire producing 162 horsepower, or 180 with the “Power Package.” If you had one of these bad boys, you were definitely a someone.

1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi

The Plymouth Road Runner Hemi was another car from the ’60s that had those with a need for speed craving a piece of it. With 425 horsepower and an incredible power train design, the Plymouth Road Runner is a muscle car that was built solely for performance. Despite what you may think, this gangster mobile can ride like the wind.

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

This car was nicknamed the “little bastard,” and was, in fact, the motor that James Dean drove to his death during an auto rally. But it has many positive things to note. This was Porsche’s first pure race car. It was famed for being extremely lightweight and low-to-the-ground in design, which helped it gain a new title as “The Giant Killer.”

1971 Dodge Challenger

With its declining popularity in the muscle car era, there were big changes made for the 1971 model. They dropped the 440 and reduced its horsepower to 385 bhp. The design changes made to the outside were its split grille, new striping and color-keyed bumpers as well as a few other changes.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

There’s stylish, and then there’s the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. This stunning car stood out amongst other models for its synonymous gull-wings, but it was also the fastest sports car in the world. Just look at those curves, the sexy shade of grey and that rich shade of red …

1970 Dodge Challenger

Between 1970 and 1974, Dodge went for a slightly different look with its cars. Built based on the Chrysler E platform they designed both convertible and hardtop body types. The 1970 grille was inspired by an unbuilt Charger from 1966.

1969 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet

The Ford Mustang was restyled in 1969, adding 3.8 inches of body length, ahead of the front wheels. This was the mainstream performance version. It came standard with a 351-CID V-8, but the real star was the optional 428-CID Cobra Jet.

1959 Austin Mini

The Austin Mini is world renowned and was one of the cars of the decade to make the biggest impact. Designed by Alec Issigonis, the use of front-wheel drive revolutionized city driving at the time. The little car was perfect for families, and it began to take the place of previous three-wheel microcars. We prefer this vintage baby to the new ones.

1971 Plymouth Hemi’Cuda Convertible

With only eleven of these produced, this 425 horsepower Plymouth very quickly became a highly desired collector’s item. One unit recently sold at auction for a whopping $4 million. Its sleek exterior just screams cool.

1969 Italia IMX

Manufactured by Intermeccania, a company founded in Torino, Italy in 1959, this good-looking car unfortunately never went any further than a prototype. Shown at the 1969 New York Automobile Show, the care received a high amount of interest. Modified from the Italia, it had an additional feature of a rear movable airfoil.

1973 De Tomaso Pantera

This muscle car was designed by Argentinian race car driver Alejandro De Tomaso, who endeavored to combine American muscle with Italian charm all rolled into one desirable sports car. This car soon became a favorite among the rich and famous, with celebrities including Elvis Presley owning one of these babies. It was definitely a head turner.

1951 Chrysler New Yorker

1951 was the year that saw that the first introduction of the “Hemi”- an internal combustion engine with hemispherical-head chamber design. The V8s, then known as FirePower engines, were 331 cubic inches and produced 180 horsepower. These were first used in the New Yorker and the Imperial models. The New Yorker, at the time, was Chrysler’s top-of-the-line model and was even selected as the Indy 500 pace car that year. You can almost feel the wind whipping through your hair.

1965 Shelby GT350

The 1965 Shelby GT350 is another rare model, with only 500 units made. The shiny blue stripes made it recognizable and extremely sought after, with its high-performance engine.  This was also one of the smallest and lightest models made at this time.

1960 Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet

This 250GT Pinin Farina perfectly showed Ferrari’s strife towards producing a road car which offered something much more special than most. Rather elegant, the Ferrari was offered in both an open and closed car. The perfect car for touring, this was a favorite for those who wanted to go on a glamorous road trip.

1951 Chevy Bel Air

Only a year before in 1950, Chevrolet created a style that would revolutionize patterns for many decades to come. The Bel Air was styled as if it was a convertible but sealed with a hard roof. In 1951, higher and squarer rear guards were added across the range. The rear window balanced the car out much more than previous designs.

1965 GT K-code Fastback

This car was one that you wanted to have in your garage. It came fully equipped with a 289 cubic inch high-performance engine. Interestingly, Ford did a deal for buyers to remove nine months off of the warranty; they must have known that whoever got behind the wheel of this machine was going to drive it hard.

1953 Buick Super Convertible

The Buick Super had a different trim bar on its fender which showed an obvious difference to that of the series 70 Roadmasters. With its V8 power under the hood, this was marked on the bombsight ornament by a vee. The interior showed silky broadcloth and nylon throughout with power windows.

1968 Dodge Charger R/T

The 1968 Dodge Charger R/T is the car of all cars. Featured on the big screen in movies such as the ultimate car movie “Fast and Furious,” the Dodge Charger has cemented itself on the “it” list of popular cars. Anyone who was anyone during the late ’60s wanted to get their hands on this muscle car. It was a statement car, that’s for sure.

1964 Pontiac GTO

The 1964 Pontiac GTO was the ultimate pioneer in muscle cars throughout the 60s and 70s and was able to go from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds. The GTO also had a trap speed of 99 Miles Per Hour. “GTO” stood for Gran Turismo Omologato; this sleek sports car was the true dream for many car lovers during the mid-60s.

1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1

1957 was the first year that the Corvettes created a fuel-injection engine. The wheels really turn heads on this beauty, with its sleek design proving extremely popular with motor enthusiasts and collectors. This model was one of Corvettes best of its era.

1970 Chevy Chevelle Convertible

Known as one of the best American muscle cars, it has an insane LS6 V8 engine. With several bodies available, you can appreciate it as a convertible, sport coupe or four-door sedan and even a pickup version known as the EL Camino. The Chevy Chevelle Convertible made 155 horsepower.