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Old 03-30-2012, 08:16 AM   #1
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Default The Five Most Beautiful cars of the early 1960s



This is it, fellas. The last chapter of our "Most Beautiful" series on US automotive design. I hope you've had as much fun as I have looking back at the car shapes that have best stood the test of time. We are cutting this one off at '64, and despite...

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Old 03-30-2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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And so it begins....

No arguments from me on any of those.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:59 AM   #3
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Does '65 count as early?


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Old 03-30-2012, 09:24 AM   #4
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Buick Riviera has always been a favorite of mine. Makes a beautiful lowrider...
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:33 AM   #5
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I prefer the '61 Starliner, and I added a Pontiac and two Studes!!!!
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:49 AM   #6
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Good selection. The big cars did have the comfort and style. One of my favorites which was not exactly the most comfortable on long road trips is the 69 Camaro.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:51 AM   #7
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Good selection. The big cars did have the comfort and style. One of my favorites which was not exactly the most comfortable on long road trips is the 69 Camaro.


Is 1969 part of the early 60s? Is a Camaro HAMB material?

Anyways, back on topic... I agree with that list wholeheartedly.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:54 AM   #8
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Default Re: The Five Most Beautiful cars of the early 1960s

60 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
61 Impala bubbletop
62 Bel air bubbletop
63 Corvette split window
63 Buick Riviera
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:55 AM   #9
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Taking into consideration only the EARLY60's , Here are my choices ;
63 Buick Riveria
62 Bonniville
63 Studebaker Avanti
60 Buick L Sabre


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Old 03-30-2012, 09:57 AM   #10
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WOW AND DOUBLE WOW on the 65 pont.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:04 AM   #11
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the early Riviera would be my top choice for early 60's style, even though I'd rather have a 62 Impala.

61 Caddy Coupe De Ville is a much better looking car than the 62's with the thin rear pillars as upposed to the big fat ones on the 62's. probably saved a fortune in 62 using the same top as the sedan.

not a Vette weenie but the 63's must have been quite a sensation when they came out. I was only 3 so I probably didn't notice until later.

... kind of hard to pick a top 5, but if we were doing the bottom 5 styling losers I have two of the winners right here:

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:09 AM   #12
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I'd say 1. '63 Split window Vette
2. '63 Riviera
3. any Gm bubbletop
4. '62 Caddy
5. '64 Thunderbolt
Hate to quit with just five, but I cheated with #3.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:09 AM   #13
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Default Re: The Five Most Beautiful cars of the early 1960s

1960 Matador/Polara Coupe and Hardtop Wagon
1960 Mercury Wagon
1960/61 Chrysler Coupe and Wagon
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:12 AM   #14
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Default Re: The Five Most Beautiful cars of the early 1960s

1963 1/2 Galaxy xl
1961 Starline
1961 olds starfire
1963 Bonneville
1962 T Bird Roadster
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:12 AM   #15
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Oh, by the way, I agree with 49rf for two in the loser catagory, but I did love the '64 Sport Fury.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:23 AM   #16
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Default Re: The Five Most Beautiful cars of the early 1960s

1964 Buick Riviera, check.
1961 Coupe De Ville, check.

But I would add,

1963 Corvette (Normal or Grand Sport). I love the split rear window and just how aggressive it looks.

1964 Jaguar XKE Drop Head. So good looking, so sleek.

And finally, the piece de resistance, 1964 Ferrari GTO. The reason that I like this car so much is because it IS Ferrari's Hot Rod. Sure all the cars go fast, but this sounds, feels, drives (or so I have heard) like a hot rod. It earns serious points on my list and I know that everyones lists have mostly been American, but I like to introduce selection.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:38 AM   #17
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Can't argue with the Riv. One of the best looking cars EVER produced.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:03 AM   #18
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Default Re: The Five Most Beautiful cars of the early 1960s

Jive-Bomber, your list is mine. You nailed it in my opinion...
(I'd mention the Continental convertible as a stand out)


This is the list of my runners up:
I'd place the '62 and '62 Pontiacs right there with the '61,
I'd add a sixth and make it a tied between the '60 Chrysler 300F/Desoto Adventurer,
I also would add the '63 Sting Ray.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:08 AM   #19
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I prefer the '61 Starliner,
X2, and i would replace the cad with the '64 Comet Caliente.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:12 AM   #20
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Default Re: The Five Most Beautiful cars of the early 1960s

It's not often that I agree with someone else's list, but you hit the nail right on the head. I do agree with the suggestion on the '63 Vette. That one is an icon, a real game-changer.

I think that the Bill Mitchell-led GM design team from the '60s produced some of the most beautiful vehicles ever.

I love '60s cars!
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