5 Iconic cars from the 1960's!
30 Oct 2018
The 60’s may have brought us The Beatles and the man on the moon, but this decade also brought us a staggering changeup in the motor industry! See our top 5 iconic cars from the 1960’s and why we think these vehicles deserve the title!
Ford Capri MK1
The Ford Capri was launched in 1969 available to the general public but was first released in 1968 at the Brussels Motor show. This particular vehicle was manufactured in Great Britain and Germany and was often described as Europe’s own pony car. Inspired by the American Ford Mustang the Capri was a strong contender in the UK’s motor market. The Ford Capri was mechanically based on the Ford Cortina with a variation of engines, running from a 1.3 all the way to an impressive 5L V8. This vehicle could reach a top speed of 83mph with 82bph which today seems relatively powerless in comparison to modern day motors, but during the 1960’s it was compared to one of Fords most famous muscle cars, the last production of the Ford Capri was in 1986, proving that vehicle had quite the run.
The Mini may be one of the most iconic motors of the 1960’’s, with production starting in 1959, the mini broke into the limelight at the start of the new decade and is still prominent within the motor trade today! Before BMW took over the Mini there was early advertising material which previously named the vehicle “SE7EN” which didn’t have quite the same ring to it. It was quickly changed to Mini, after Minimus, Latin for a small one, which fits the aesthetic of the vehicle a lot better! The vehicle paired very well with the aesthetic of the swinging sixties which is why it was deemed so popular!
The MINI, as it is referred to now, was named the European Car of the Century, showing its versatility. There was the release of the Classic Mini Cooper 997 with a tweaked engine and specification, which then became an infamous motorsport vehicle, not to mention the MINI’s feature in the Italian job in 1969, which no doubt spurred the general public to get behind the vehicle. The smallest of our Iconic 5 still packs a little punch with top speeds of 119mph, making it great motorsport material!
Aston Martin DB5
The DB5 entered production in 1963 and was named ‘DB5’ after David Brown who bought Aston Martin in 1947. This particular vehicle was featured in James Bond’s Goldfinger in ’64 which of course saw its popularity explode! Some scenes from the movie were even filmed inside the Aston Martin factory. The vehicle is still in production today, having had a recent facelift in 2016 (the all-new DB11) with the very much improved specification, differing from the 1963 version. In its early days, the top speed of the DB5 sat at a very comfortable 145mph, the fastest of our iconic 5, as well as the most powerful with 282bhp. (0-60mph in 8 seconds!)
Ford Cortina MK1
Marketed as a family car that launched in 1962 the Cortina MK1 was produced to compete with the BMC Mini as a low-cost vehicle however the Cortina was a slightly larger saloon. This vehicle was originally going to be named the Ford Consul but manufacturers were later inspired by ski resort Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Within the first year of production 300,000 Cortina’s were built and sold and the millionth was produced as soon as September 1966, showing just how successful this Ford model was. Based on the 1500cc engine the top speed of the Ford Cortina was 80mph with 59bph. The Cortina ran from MK1 to 5 with the last Cortina being produced in the summer of 1982.
Ford Escort MK1
The Ford Escort MK1 came with 4 different levels of specification, the De Luxe, Super, Super 1300cc and GT. The MK1 production lasted from 1967 to 1975 before Ford branched out and began developing other models. This vehicle had its official launch in the Brussels Motor show of 1968, the same as the Ford Capri and became a popular choice in the later 60’s to early 70’s. Varying in engine sizes from 0.9cc to 2.0L the Escort was very versatile, Ford proudly announced that they had manufactured two million Escorts, just six years into the cars first introduction. After the success of the MK1 Ford went on to produce another 5 models, ending the reign with the MK6. The very last Escort made if off the production line in February 2002, however, was quickly replaced with the Ford Focus due to the popularity of the Escort. The Focus began with a similar shape to the Escort however presently looks nothing like the vehicle it was inspired by!
The Escort had a respectable bhp of 82 with top speeds of 98mph on the initial model but this increased as the model developed.
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