It’s the 1950s and we’ve just embarked on the latter half of our 20th century journey. Our military and economy have reached their pinnacles, sparking the arrival of innovation. Reserved for the affluent, 50s, 60s, and 70s cars embodied refinement, opulence, and rapid momentum. Among some of the speediest 50s, 60s, and 70s cars include:
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
Praised for its resilience, the 1956 Chevrolet Corvette could withstand even the harshest of conditions. Its response times were impressively fast and right angles could be made without removing your hands from the wheels. Marked as the “only true American production sports car,” the ‘56 Chevrolet Corvette was undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with.
1957 Porsche 1500 RS Spyder
Beloved for its simple driving features and manageable high speeds, this Porsche wonder esteemed the masses. Equipped with extraordinarily quick reactions and powerful capabilities, the Porsche Spyder was often regarded as a vehicle spectacular.
1958 Ferrari 250GT Europa
Eerily quiet, astonishingly fast, and unparalleled ingenuity are the hallmarks of this Ferrari creation. In fact, enthusiasts have dubbed this high-speed vehicle a “rather unique machine.” In just 24 seconds this car could reach a speed of 120 mph!
1965 Ford Mustang GT 289
Marked as the muscle car of all muscle cars, this Ford Mustang marvel appealed to dragstrip hobbyists. In fact, it could reach 60 mph within 5.2 seconds. Suffice it to say, this number certainly warranted safe buckling.
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III
As the ‘67 Ford whizzed by, spectators couldn’t refrain from shooting a bewildered glance. Hitting a top speed of 120 mph was unprecedented during this era, but the Ford manufacturers pushed the envelope. With praiseworthy stamina, awe-inspiring acceleration, and overall stability, this bad boy made for one memorable joyride.
1971 De Tomaso Pantera
Rich with bravado, exotica, and overall appeal, the De Tomaso Pantera came with all the bells and whistles. Its spacious interior made speedy turns more comfortable while the 5.4 inches of ground clearance provided reassurance. Engineered with disc brakes, Pantera drivers were guaranteed a smooth halt.
1979 Porsche 911 Turbo
This mechanical masterpiece offered a slew of “wow” factors. While it may have been sensitive, the Porsche sure prevailed in high-speed situations. Among the car’s most commendable attribute was its response time. In just 5.4 seconds this beast could reach 60 mph.