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1962 Catalina

1962 Catalina

1962 CatalinaAlthough factory racing had been effectively banned starting in 1957, Pontiac’s late ‘50s and early ‘60s revamping included racing as a major component and the 1962 Catalina was a big part of that move. In the late ‘50s General Motors’ Pontiac brand began to feel a little old and tired. The cars were big, boring, and slow and not many young people were interested in them.

1962 CatalinaPontiac engineers made a turnaround of the brand by ignoring the racing ban and creating parts and packages that helped Pontiac models succeed in NHRA and NASCAR racing. The 1962 Catalina was a prime example of Pontiac’s cars that could be outfitted for racing and which helped to bring the cool back to the brand.

1962 Corvette

1962 Corvette

1962 Chevy CorvetteHands down, the Chevy Corvette is the ultimate American sports car. First debuted in 1953, the Corvette is still made today by General Motors. Harley Earl designed the first model, a convertible concept car, which debuted at GM’s Motorama in 1953 and was named after a small warship.

The 1953 model of the Corvette began the first generation, leading up to its last entry, the 1962 Corvette. This first, or C1 as it is sometimes called, generation consisted of cars that are now referred to as the solid-axle models. This is because the independent rear suspension did not come out until the 1963 Sting Ray at the start of the second generation.

MG MGB

MG MGB

MG MGB 1965The MG MGB is a car that was made by MG from 1962 through 1980. MG was a British manufacturer of sports cars that was founded in the 1920s. The letters stand for Morris Garages, the origin of the car company in Oxford. The now defunct manufacturer was long known for sporty little two-seaters that helped ignite enthusiasm for sports cars in the U.S. and elsewhere.

For 18 years, MG produced the MGB model with very minimal changes, a testament to its popular design. It replaced the MGA in 1962, which was the first sports car to be produced in numbers over 100,000. MG introduced the B as a roadster with a four-cylinder engine. By 1965, a 2 + 2 coupe was also available.

1962 Chevrolet Nova

In 1962, a new model became available from the Chevrolet division of General Motors. Also called the Chevy II, the Chevrolet Nova was a compact car that was produced in part to compete with the Ford Falcon, a feat which the Chevy Corvair was not able to do. The Nova was a popular vehicle, albeit a bit boxy. It earned impressive sales numbers, and it had the high production numbers to match. The Nova line would eventually come to an end, but in the meantime, and in the time following its production, car enthusiasts eyed the Nova as a car worthy of much more than a second look.

The 1962 Studebaker Lark

As America began a new era in the early 1960s, the Studebaker Corporation was desperately tweaking a model which was losing steam. The Studebaker Lark was first introduced in 1959, but by 1961, its sales were already declining. The compact car was missing an iconic American car feature of the time: tail fins. Its design lent itself more to European style, making it difficult for the car to continue competing against other car companies such as the Big 3, which had better adapted to the fickle preferences of the American consumers.