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Friday, March 1, 2013

Top 10 Most Beautiful 1960s Cars (Part-2)

Miniskirts, Jimi Hendrix and the summer of love. There's no other way to describe it - the '60s were groovy. The world dragged itself out of post-war austerity and a new sense of optimism prevailed.

Everything from music and fashion through to political thinking gained a sudden burst of creativity. The same thing was happening in the car industry. Maybe it’s just me… but the 60s cars are beautiful. More beautiful than contemporary ones. The glamor and details of the design highly reflects the glamorous culture of that era. Below are my favorites 10.

5. Porsche 911
The first six-cylinder, road-ready Porsche ever built. They are still making these. That only proves that the design is timeless. It debuted at the 1963 Frankfurt Auto Show as the 901, the first six-cylinder, road-ready Porsche ever build.

With its iconic rear slope and unmistakable headlights, the 911 is one of the great cars designs of the century. No wonder they're still making them.
1963 Porsche 911. (Picture from: http://www.theautogalleryporsche.com/)
It is a two-door grand tourer made by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. It has a distinctive design, rear-engined and with independent rear suspension, an evolution of the swing axle on the Porsche 356. Since its introduction in 1963, it has undergone continuous development, though the basic concept has remained little changed. The engine was air-cooled until the introduction of the Type 996 in 1998.

4. Aston Martin DB5
Named after Aston head David Brown, the DB5 appeared in Thunderball, Goldfinger. Before the Knight Rider and Transformers, DB5 was the only and most popular car celebrity. Among the many advanced used car, Aston Martin DB5 made in England somewhat special. Used in the series "The James Bond Goldfinger", a classic car which was released in 1963 was 3,700 cc engine fitted. The DB was so hot that it came with a built-in fire extinguisher.

The DB5 was given a 4-litre double overhead engine producing 282 bhp. It had a top pace of 142 mph (228.53 kph) and could attain 60 mph (100 kph) in 7.1 seconds. Aston Martin also produced a high-efficiency Vantage version of the DB5 with an influence output of 325 bhp.
1963 Ashton Martin DB5. (Picture from: http://jerrygarrett.wordpress.com/)
The early fashions had a four-pace gearbox, and had an possibility of three-speed automated or 5-pace ZF manual unit. They have redesigned the Aston many times and those incarnations appeared in many films, too. However, this one is my favorite.

3. 1969 Jaguar XKE
The Jaguar E-Type (a.k.a. Jaguar XK-E) is a British sports car, manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1974. Its combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. More than 70,000 E-Types were sold.

As beautiful today as when it was introduced in 1961, the Jaguar XKE was designed by aerodynamics engineer Malcolm Sayer. Standard equipment included all-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and a triple-carbureted DOHC motor. With the majority of the cars shipped to America, the XKE was a huge sales success for Jaguar.
1969 Jaguar XKE II E. (Picture from: http://www.sunsetclassics.com/)
From the front, Series-2 models are recognized by a larger grille opening and re-positioned front signal-lamps. Brakes were upgraded, and radial tires became standard equipment. Interior changes included dash-mounted toggle switches replaced with "safer" rockers. Air conditioning and power steering were available as options. Larger taillamps sat under the rear wrap-around bumper. Enzo Ferrari declared the E-type "the most beautiful car ever made."

2. Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso
In 1962, at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled the final model in the 250 GT series. Called 250 GT Berlinetta lusso, the new model has been produced between 1962 and 1964 with 350 units being produced. The car replaced the 250 GT Coupe, were designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti in Modena. Actor Steve McQueen is one of the famous car’s owners.

The 250 GT Berlinetta lusso was built on the short wheelbase of the earlier 250 GTs, but with a revised chassis and the engine moved slightly further forward providing additional interior room for the occupants.
Steve McQueen’s Ferrari 250 GT. (Picture from: http://www.sybarites.com/)
For the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso the engine had a bore and stroke of 73mm x 58.8mm and delivered 250bhp at 7,500 rpm with a compression of 9.2:1. The engine was coupled with a 4-speed + reverse all-synchromesh gearbox, with final drive through a propeller shaft to the rigid rear axle, for which two alternative ratios were available. The 0 to 60 mph (100 kph) sprint was made in less than 7 seconds, while top speed went up to 150 mph (241.4 kph).

At the exterior the 250 GT Berlinetta lusso featured a plain mesh to the hood intake, with a large circular combination rear/turn/reflector light unit on each side of the recessed tail panel. Only 350 of these luxe roadsters ever made it out of the factory. It would be nice for those 350 owners to come together for a nostalgia trip. One was put in auction by Steve McQueen and it went for U.S. $2.3 million (or approx. Rp. 22 billion) at Christie’s Monterey Auction in 2007.

1. Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
The Chevrolet Corvette (C2) (C2 for Second Generation), also known as the Corvette Sting Ray, is a sports car produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1963 through 1967 model years. The basic concept was the same as the original 1953 Corvette - a two-seat fiberglass-bodied sports car blending power, performance, and style.

But the 1963 Corvette saw major improvements: a new frame with all-wheel independent suspension, a redesigned sleek nose housing pop-up headlights, and a coupe body with a distinctive two-piece rear window.

The 1963 Sting Ray production car's lineage can be traced to two separate GM projects: the Q-Corvette, ­and perhaps more directly, Mitchell's racing Stingray. The Q-Corvette, initiated in 1957, envisioned a smaller, more advanced Corvette as a coupe-only model, boasting a rear transaxle, independent rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes, with the rear brakes mounted inboard. Exterior styling was purposeful, with peaked fenders, a long nose, and a short, bobbed tail.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray. (Picture from: http://www.autotribute.com/)
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray. (Picture from: http://www.autotribute.com/)
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray interior drivers side. (Picture from: http://www.classic-car-history.com/)
Among the last generation of elegant Corvettes, the '63 Sting Ray, with its signature split rear window (later dropped for safety reasons), is its smartest, most distinctive vintage. And this is what I think is the most beautiful. Just look at her and you will not required for a lot of explanation. Do you agree? (Jump to Previous-Part.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILYTOP10]
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