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35 1960s Dream Cars That Just Weren’t That Good

Cameron EittreimNovember 18, 2020

Porsche 911
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6: Porsche 911

It’s hard to believe that the 911 has maintained the same exterior styling since the 1960s, but it has. It has remained one of the most desired dream cars, but not all is perfect. The original design of the car was not to be mocked, although its performance fell flat in a lot of aspects. The 911 was a superb sports car when you took it on twists and turns, but its drawbacks were a cramped interior and a rough ride. It was only recently that Porsche began to change the way their cars ride.

Porsche 911
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The handling was strong though and this is what many enthusiasts were looking for. The sharp handling and quick driving of the 911 made it fun to drive, even if a lot of aspects were left behind in the design of the car.

Jensen Interceptor
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5: Jensen Interceptor

A unique car that failed to catch on was the Interceptor. The car had a V8 powerplant but that wasn’t enough to justify the price. There was a lot of hype that surrounded this car, and that was a good thing for the company. You’ll note that a lot of the design cues were very similar to other muscle cars that were on the market. The noteworthy design of the interior stood out for sure.

Jensen Interceptor
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But the Interceptor only ever managed to captivate a very limited audience, sadly these cars just didn’t catch on. Still, for what it, was the Interceptor was a pretty unique car with a lot of potential for upgrades and personalization. It failed to become one of the top dreams cars of the ’60s, however.

Ford Mustang
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4: Ford Mustang

Few cars have changed an industry as the Ford Mustang did. The car was compact and fun to drive at a time when cars were waterlogged land yachts. The Mustang had a lot of hype behind it and it became the king among 1960s dream cars. However, the original design was not all that good. The car was prone to rust and the reliability was not all there as the car got older. Step into the V6 variation of the car and things tended to get a lot worse.

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Still, there are some noteworthy features you could point to. For starters, the Mustang was the original pony car and it came in the iconic convertible version. The Mustang was also iconic with a new generation of drivers who appreciated the freewheeling design of the car. It remains one of the auto industry’s most desired dream cars.

Chevy Camaro
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3: Chevrolet Camaro

It doesn’t take a lot to tell that the Camaro has become iconic as one of the most loved dreams cars of the automotive market, but the car wasn’t all that great. Chevy was quick to throw something together on the heels of the Mustang debut, but the Camaro was not well-planned. You could say that the Mustang caught GM off-guard because of the entirely new market segment. Pony cars had not been produced yet and this was a first of its kind car.

1967 Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car via RM Sotherbys
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There are a lot of things that make the Chevrolet Camaro stand out, the first of which being the noteworthy design. You don’t get more iconic than the original design of the Camaro; step into the SS and it stood out even more. But the Camaro had a lot of work that needed to be done and the second generation was even worse.

Plymouth Duster
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2: Plymouth Duster

For Chrysler, finding a car that could captivate the market was never an easy thing to do. The Duster had a lot going for it, but it also had a lot of drawbacks to it. Chrysler didn’t plan out the design the way that the company should have, and as such the car suffered for this. The Duster had the Hemi V8 but reliability was scarce at best. A lot of what you can get with the Duster was found on other sports cars at the time.

Plymouth Duster
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Sales managed to meet expectations but the Duster was never the massive hit that the Camaro or the Mustang was. Hence why those two models are still here today and the Duster and Plymouth have become dream cars that are merely relics of the past.

Chrysler 300F
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1: Chrysler 300F

The big sedan Chrysler released in the ’60s was supposed to incite excitement with potential buyers. A string of styling changes made the 300F look a lot different than anything else on the market. But this wasn’t enough to propel the oversized thing to a sales success. Marketed as a sports sedan, the 300F had a lot of hype in the media, and its performance was great on paper.

Chrysler 300F
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The car also had some innovative interior advances which made it easier to live with. Yet sadly this was not enough to sell the 300F. Consumers were looking for something more out of a vehicle, and what this one brought to the table wasn’t enough to justify the price. Decades later, the 300C became a smash hit for the company.

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