What is a supercar? It is a term used for high-end sports cars. These cars are fast, powerful, rare and of course very expensive.
This term is first associated with the Lamborghini Miura from mid-1960s when CAR magazine editor Leonard John Kensell Setright called it The Supercar!
In addition to Lamborghini Miura, 60s brought us other very interesting supercars that are still influencing modern day supercars. Choise of engine for most supercars at that time was either a V8 or V12. Below we have our top 7 list of supercars from the 1960s. Enjoy!
Update! We added an amazing Alfa 33 Stradale to this list!
7. 1965 AC Shelby Cobra 427
7.0-liter V8 develops 410 horsepower. Top speed: 265 km/h (165 mph), 0-100 km/h (0.62 mph) in 4.2 seconds.
Weight: 1,147 kg (2,529 lbs).
AC Cobra 427 by Shelby is an icon to brute American performance. It was built to be a Corvette-beater and with a weight of nearly 227 kg(500 lbs) less it managed that very well. Today original cars sell between $200 000-$500 000.
This classic design still lives on in the form of kit cars and replicas. Even Shelby America makes its own version of the classic AC 427.
6. 1965 Aston Martin DB5
Front longitudinal 4.0-liter Inline-6 develops 282 horsepower. Top speed: 233 km/h (145 mph), 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7.1 seconds. Weight: 1,633 kg ( 3,600 lbs).
A total of 1,021 DB5s were produced between 1963-1965. A Convertible was also offered and was available with a steel hard top with an exceptionally large rear window.
At the beginning of 60s Aston Martin was out of racing and needed new ways to promote their cars. In 1964 Sean Connery drove the DB5 for 13 minutes as a James Bond in a blockbuster movie Goldfinger.
After that movie everyone knew about the Aston Martin DB5 and car placement in blockbuster movies was started.
5. 1964 Jaguar E-Type (Series 1)
4.2-liter Inline-6 develops 265 horsepower. Top speed: 241 km/h (150 mph), 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8 seconds. Weight: 1,361 kg (3,000 lbs).
There was also a detachable hard top available and a 2+2 version of the coupe from 1966.
Over its lifespan between 1961-1975 over 70,000 E-Types were sold. It is one of the best known British motoring icons from the 1960s.
When released Enzo Ferrari called it “The most beautiful car ever made”.
4. 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Mid-engined 2.0-liter V8 develops 230 horsepower in road trim and 270 horsepower in race trim. Top speed: 260 km/h (160 mph), 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.5 seconds. Weight: 700 kg (1,543 lbs)
First built in 1967 it was based on the Alfa Romeo T33 racing car. Designed by Franco Scaglione, and built by Carrozzeria Marazzi, it is one of the rarest cars to come from Italy. Only 18 were built and it in 1968 it cost US$17,000 (average cost of a new car in 1968 was $2,822).
The Stradale is believed to be the first production vehicle to feature dihedral doors, also known as butterfly doors. Rev limit on that supercar was am amazing 10000 rpm.
3. 1965 Ford GT40 Mark I
Mid-engined 4.6-liter V8 develops 335 horsepower. Top speed: 263 km/h (164 mph). 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds. Weight: 908 kg (2,002 lbs)
End of 1965 production of a road going GT40s began. It was not designed as a road car, but a race car with one goal – to beat Ferrari at Le Mans. Ford was successful and won the Le Mans four times.
GT40 produced 380 horsepower in competition trim because of a lighter flywheel and no mufflers. A total of 85 production GT40s were made. In 1965 GT40 cost $17,000, recently 1966 Ford GT40 was sold for $2,300,000.
Just like with the AC Cobra there are plenty of kits and replicas inspired by the original GT40.
2. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
3.0-liter V12 develops 296 horsepower. Top speed: 279 km/h (174 mph), 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.2 seconds.
Weight: 1,043 kg(2,299 lbs).
250 GTO was designed to compete in GT racing. It was based on the Ferrari 250 GT SWB and used a 3.0-liter V12 from the 250 Testa Rossa. When it was launched press called it “a Testa Rossa with a roof’.
Only 39 units were ever produced and all buyers had to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. Price at that time was $18,000. All of these cars have a very colorful history and if ever auctioned they would probably sell well over $10,000,000.
1. Lamborghini Miura P400S
3.9-liter mid-mounted V12 develops 370 horsepower. Top speed: 282 km/h (175 mph), 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.0 seconds. Weight: 1,245 kg (2,744 lbs)
Miura P400S is also known as Miura S. A total of 338 P400S were built between 1968-1971.
Miura was a trendsetter with its mid-engined layout among other two-seater high-performance sports cars.
Named after the Spanish ranch Miura, itt is considered one of the most beautiful classic supercars in the world and the one that started the supercar era.
As you can see 1960s was not all about muscle cars, it was also the beginning of supercars!
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