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Robert Emslie August 27, 2010 Hooniverse Asks 87 Comments

The nineteen sixties, a decade in which we put a man on the moon, came within a hair’s breadth of nuclear annihilation, and proved to the world that America could foster not just one, but multiple super cars.

Oh what a week it has been, as we have counted back the years and you have given us your votes for the greatest super cars of each of the past four decades. So many cars, and so many years. Today is Friday and that means the sixties, an era, that, unlike the ’70s, produced more than its share of super performing automobiles.

Of course, the most iconic of sixties super cars is also one of the first out of the gate- that of the AC-based, Carroll Shelby voodoo’d Shelby Cobra. The 289 Cobra would have been a viable contender in itself, but the 427 Cobra, with its new tube frame and massive horsepower remains to this day one of the most brutal and unimpeachable performers in all of automotive history. Less a car than a god, the Cobra would be an easy pick to top this list. But that discounts other Ford-powered iron (or aluminum and magnesium in this case) that could be considered the Cobra’s performance equals, and contributed to racing’s history with similar efficacy. I speak of course about the multiple Le Mans-winning GT40, which Ford commissioned to beat that other super car perennial, Ferrari. Ford wasn’t the only American maker whose engines powered super cars, Chevy contributing V8 power to Cheetah (yes, there was a road version) and of course Yenko Corvettes.

But the Americans didn’t wholly own the super car arena in the sixties and cars like the Jag XKE (and nearly the XK-13), as well as the aforementioned Ferraris – Lusso, GTO, 275 swb – and Lamborghini’s massive heart attack  of a car, the Miura, colluded to make the sixties another golden age of automotive testosterone delivery.

But which of those cars stands head and shoulders above the rest? Is there one that, if a gun were held against your head you would choose above all others? Can they even be equated against each other, or was technology moving so fast that each end of the decade produced cars of wildly different temperaments and capabilities? Oh who are we kidding, fast is fast, and there’s one that made all that fast be more fun than anything else, which gets your vote for being that car?

Image sources: [theselvedgeyard.com, netcarshow.com]

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  1. P161911 says:

    I'll have to go with the original Corvette Grand Sport, but it is really hard to go wrong here.
    <img src="http://www.smokinvette.com/corvettephotos/data/520/65_Corvette_Grand_Sport.jpg"width=600&gt;

  2. scroggzilla says:

    My dark horse candidate…..the Maserati Ghibli.
    <img src="http://www.itananews.com/images/maserati/maserati%20ghibli%202a.jpg"&gt;

  3. scroggzilla says:

    And now, a few words from the Prancing Horse

    365 GTB
    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/4838267468_9d11206d38.jpg&quot; width="500" height="347" alt="74 lemans 24 hrs grandet-bardini ferrari 365 gtb" />
    275 GTB
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2584/4187909976_7c6bc49ea0_o.jpg&quot; width="638" height="529" alt="66 monte carlo rally pianta lippi ferrari 275gtb" />

  4. scroggzilla says:

    and, of course, the Jaaaaaaag
    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4742519105_aa326b6a40_z.jpg&quot; width="640" height="393" alt="65 monte carlo rally pinder-pollard jaguar e-type" />

  5. skitter says:

    Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/alfaromeo33stradale.jpg&quot; width="500">
    It's said a picture is worth a thousand words.
    I'm sitting here making 10,000 RPM V8 noises.

    • Han_Solex says:

      What a sweet profile. Not sure I've ever seen one before … spinning up the Google information hyperengine now …

    • dmilligan says:

      I'm having difficulty deciding if I like the hood bulge or not. I'm sure it works well, but it looks like the kind of thing where the driver has a button on the dash to have it pop up. Dumb, I know.

    • tonyola says:

      There's no argument that the Mangusta was an absolutely gorgeous car to look at, but that's where the goodness ends – horrific build quality, poor handling, overheating, severe chassis flex, and a general lack of any real development.

  6. Number_Six says:

    The greatest super car of the sixties is the Miura but in the Espada I can have the same performance and bring along some friends.

    <img src="http://www.autogaleria.hu/autok/lamborghini/espada/lamborghini_espada_r6.jpg&quot; width="500" />

    • voodoojoo says:

      There's one hanging out in the museum I work at, so I walk by one 4-5 times a day now. I can still not get over how wondrfully low it is, or how clean and sleek its lines are. The inside is gorgeous, too.

  7. Tripl3fast says:

    All the 60's car porn in this post is epic! Wire wheels and meaty tires with knock off hubs…. oh my.

  8. Mr_Biggles says:

    More the Sports Car or Grand Tourer category rather than Supercar, but…

    <img src="http://www.gbclassiccars.co.uk/images/am_db5_side.jpg"&gt;

    <img src="http://www.gbclassiccars.co.uk/images/am%20_db6.jpg"&gt;

  9. Rust-MyEnemy says:

    Well, seems you guys have got this pretty much covered. I'll just add my favourite '60s prototype.

    Lamborghini Marzal.

    <img src="http://www.lotusespritturbo.com/Lamborghini_Marzal_1967.jpg&quot; width=550>

  10. Møbius says:

    Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. The greatest Aston Martin ever.

    At least if you work for Christie's.

    And of course, the DB5, DB6, oh, and the DBS.

  11. Jeff_Glucker says:

    The Ferrari 250 is my favorite car of all time.

    My vote goes to the Miura.

  12. Tanshanomi says:

    I know it was just barely a production car, but the Cheetah has got to be mentioned in this discussion somewhere.
    <img src="http://www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/mcpart-R11-18G.jpg"&gt;

    • Han_Solex says:

      Seeing one racing at the Sonoma Historics was one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Somehow, none of the shots of it came out very well. All the more reason to go back next year …

  13. thomasmac says:

    Anything with a ZL-1 gets my vote, not so much super car but more of a absolute brute but still god damn
    <img src="http://www.mecumauction.com/auctions/SC0508/SC0508-65934/images/SC0508-65934_1.jpg&quot; style="width: 602px; height: 509px; border: 0" alt="imgTag" />

  14. Tomsk says:

    The great state of Texas felt it was fit to wear a license plate, and that's good enough for me to nominate the Chaparral 2F.
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/Chaparral_2F_-_Mike_Spence_-_1967.jpg&quot; width="500" height="350" />

  15. I'll just toss out the turbine car for hoots and hollers

    <img src="http://www.gradywilliamkerr.com/Favorites/1963_Chrysler_Turbine.jpg&quot; width="500">

    If a jet engine doesn't make a car 'super' idk what does

  16. MrHowser says:

    <img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2009/04/1064_Pontiac_GTO.JPG&quot; width="500/">If we're going by the definition of "Supercar" as used in the sixties, then I'm going to have to go with the 1964 GTO. Yeah, others improved on the formula, and no, it's not the one I would put in my garage. But it did make names like Mustang, Camaro, Firebird, GTX, Charger, Challenger, and Javelin possible.

    Image from Jalopnik.com

  17. dragon951 says:

    <img src="http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-pqr/Porsche-906-Carrera-6-fa-lr.jpg&quot; width="600" />

    Oh boy, can't wait for the 50s. I'm going to post spyder-palooza.

  18. OA5599 says:

    While they weren't intended as street cars, I'm sure a few Hemi Darts and B'cudas came out on 60's cruise nights.

    <img src="http://image.hotrod.com/f/8960121/p105215_image_large.jpg"&gt;

  19. Cooky, says:

    What about the Mercedes 300slr, and the Ferrari 250 GT,??

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