The ’60s and â70s were strange decades in the automotive world. For good or bad, the ’60s and â70s left a deep mark on car history. In fact, the American automotive landscape vastly changed between 1960 and 1979.
During that time, most car manufacturers changed their philosophies. Most downsized and introduced numerous innovative models and classes. But one of the trends that became apparent during the time were rising numbers of luxury models. It looked like car manufacturers were offering more convenience and interior features since their cars lacked power and performance. Here are the most memorable American luxury models from the ’60s and â70s.
36. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
In 1970, Chevrolet presented the Monte Carlo as a personal luxury coupe. It was built on a modified Chevelle platform. The Monte Carlo was a handsome, coupe-only car with a V8 engine, nice interior, and decent performance. Although most Monte Carlos came with the smaller V8 engine and only people who wanted luxury bought it, there was one crazy muscle option.
It came in the form of the SS 454 package. However, since Chevrolet produced the Monte Carlo, it was affordable and popular. The Monte Carlo was the car that showed other manufacturers that the car market wanted luxury, not just performance. This car offered almost Cadillac levels of luxury and comfort for the working-class market.