Really, though, you knew a Mustang was going to be on this list.
With a base price just above $2,300, it was an instant success in 1964, racking up nearly half a million sales in its first nine months. (Fun fact: one clever restaurateur in Manhattan claimed that his hotcakes were selling like Mustangs).
The first-generation Mustang’s long hood and short trunk belie its humble origins as the Ford Falcon’s fraternal twin, and it’s available with smooth, if underpowered, inline sixes or a burly V8s, both available with two-, three-, or four-speed transmissions. It’s arguably the most legendary vehicle of the 1960s, and it’s perfect for summer.
The Mustang makes for a lovely cruiser, either in town or on the open road, but a few easy and cheap modifications help it become a bona fide performance vehicle. Sure, they’re common, but for good reason: they’re just so great.
Alfa Romeo Spider
Produced from 1966-1969, the boat-tail Alfa Romeo Spider is simply beautiful. While later Spiders are still attractive and unique with their chopped-off Kamm tails, the first Spiders were the ones that made us go weak in the knees when we saw one for the first time.
In the 1960s, Honda’s bread and butter were cheap motorcycles and utility vehicles. It had absolutely no business in the sports car market. However, applying lessons learned from motorcycle manufacturing, the S800 came with a zesty, rev-happy 800cc inline-four that delivered 70 horses to the rear wheels, via a chain-drive! How fun!
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Winner: Jaguar XKE Roadster