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Car Classes from the 1960s

Car Classes from the 1960s

'69 Plymouth Road RunnerToday’s automotive lingo includes car classes like exotic, luxury, compact, and sporty – to name a few. Even though most people can name at least one car that would fit into each of these modern category, these categories have not always been. The 1960s was the first decade to see a wide variety of different cars and the categories from the 1960 were quite different than the ones used today. In the 1960s, drivers could pick from pony cars, muscle cars, economy cars, and executive cars.

The Muscle Car and Pony Car

Early ’60s Compact Craze

Early ’60s Compact Craze

The 1950s began with a bang for the automotive industry, which was still riding the post-war euphoria that was fueling sales. The public would buy just about anything that the Big Three put out there at first because commercial automobile production had been suspended during the war, and people were anxious to buy new cars. The economy was good and gas was cheap, and the automotive designs reflected the times: big cars that were not very fuel efficient.