The final decade of unrestricted automotive design, free of the government safety regulations we see today
Sports cars became more driver-focused than ever, shedding weight and drag
Disc brake and limited slip differential options became the norm as horsepower and engine displacement increases
Compression ratios are the highest ever. Over 10:1 was common, and as high as 13.5:1. Engines thrive off high octane, leaded gas
Highly inaccurate horsepower ratings are common due to loopholes in the Gross Rating system, as well as political reasons
European cars began using radial tires, while American cars stuck to bias-ply
Manufacturers switch to Acrylic Enamel Lacquer paint. This is a much more durable, longer lasting lacquer than the previous years
Gas tank fillers were installed behind the license plate on many cars to avoid spilling gasoline on the new lacquer paint, which could stain and damage the finish over time
European cars make the switch to halogen headlamps, which contain replaceable bulbs. No longer was an entire headlamp replacement required after a failure, which was still the case for US market cars
– say hello to –
The Muscle Car!
The 8 Track Player!
Ram Air, Cowl Hoods, And Endura Bumpers!
Hideaway And Glass Covered Headlights!
Racing Stripes And Wild Paint Colors!
Appearance Packages With Decals, Scoops, and Spoilers!
Vinyl Tops And Rally Wheels!
Raised White Letter And Red Line Tires!
Hazard Warning Lights!
Cartoon And TV Character References!
*The information on this page references technology that was widely available for the first time to the masses, NOT what was invented or first used on a production car during that decade. They are features and characteristics that help differentiate them from cars of previous decades