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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

1931 Packard 845

Packard 845: Traditionally known as an American luxury automobile, the cars that the Packard Motor Company produced came straight from Detroit, Michigan and later South Bend, Indiana. The Packards were in production from 1899 to 1958, not a bad run, considering it endured the turn of a century, two world wars, and the Great Depression. In a brash attempt to defy the stock market crash that set off the Depression in 1929, Packard decided to up the ante; it produced even more expensive, great looking cars. The result: the Packard Twelve. The company had only one production line, which helped to keep its costs low, certainly helping to keep the company afloat during such hard economic times.