The Swinging 60´s

Autobianchi Bianchina

Cabriolet - 1963

Autobianchi   produced   only   a   handful   of   models during     its     lifetime,     which     were     almost exclusively   small   cars,   with   the   biggest   being the    short-lived    Autobianchi    A111,    a    small family    car.   Autobianchis    were    priced    higher than   Fiat   models   of   similar   size   and   the   brand was   used   by   Fiat   to   test   new   and   innovative concepts    which    later    found    their    way    into mainstream     Fiat     vehicles;     these     concepts included    fibreglass    bodies    and    front-wheel drive.

Fiat 500 - 1969

The   Fiat   500   (Italian:   Cinquecento)   is   a   city   car produced    by    the    Italian    manufacturer    Fiat between 1957 and 1975. Launched   as   the   Nuova   (new)   500   in   July   1957, it    was    a    cheap    and    practical    town    car. Measuring   only   2.97   metres   (9   feet   9   inches) long,      and      originally      powered      by      an appropriately   sized   479   cc   two-cylinder,   air- cooled    engine,    the    500    redefined    the    term "small   car"   and   is   considered   one   of   the   first city cars.

GLAS Isar T700 - 62

The   Glas   Isar   is   a   small   two   door   four   seater car    produced    by    Hans    Glas    GmbH    at    their Dingolfing   plant.   The   car   was   first   presented as   the   Goggomobil   T600   in   September   1957   at the     Frankfurt     Motor     Show,     with     volume production starting in August 1958. Initially    Glas    described    it    simply    as    a    “big Goggomobil”,    but    in    Autumn    1959    it    was rebranded   as   the   Glas   Isar. At   the   same   time   a kombi   (estate   car)   version   joined   the   range.   A minor   facelift   occurred   in August   1960   and   the Isar   continued   in   production   till   the   end   of Summer 1965.

Goggomobil T250 - 1961

Goggomobil     was     a     series     of     microcars produced   in   the   Bavarian   town   Dingolfing   after World War II by Glas. Glas      produced      three      models      on      the Goggomobil     platform:     the     Goggomobil     T sedan,    the    Goggomobil    TS    coupé,    and    the Goggomobil   TL   van.   The   engine   was   an   air- cooled,       two-stroke,       two-cylinder       unit originally   displacing   250   cc,   but   later   available in   increased   sizes   of   300   cc   and   400   cc.   It   had an   electric   pre-selective   transmission   built   by Getrag   and   a   manual   clutch.   The   engine   was behind     the     rear     wheels.     Suspension     was independent   all   round   using   coil   springs   with swing axles.

Jalta Saporoshez - 67

Der      Saporoshez      (ukrainisch      Запорожець, russisch Запорожец – Saporoschez, „der aus Saporischschja“) war eine Automobil-Baureihe         des         sowjetischen, beziehungsweise       ukrainischen       Herstellers Saporisky   Awtomobilebudiwny   Sawod   (SAS)   in der   Stadt   Saporischschja;   die   Baureihe   wurde von 1960 bis 1994 hergestellt. Umgangssprachlich    wurden    die    Fahrzeuge    in Deutschland – vor allem in der früheren DDR    –    meist    Saporosch    oder    einfach    Sapo genannt.    In    den    westeuropäischen    Ländern wurde    Saporoshez    unter    den    Exportnamen Yalta/Jalta, Eliette und ZAZ verkauft.

Lloyd Alexander TS - 60

Norddeutsche   Automobil    und    Motoren    GmbH (North   German   Automobile   and   Engines)   was   a German   automobile   manufacturer,   created   in 1908   and   owned   by   the   Norddeutscher   Lloyd shipping   company.   The   factory   was   in   Bremen. Many   of   the   products   of   the   company   and   its successors     were     badged     with     the     Lloyd marque. The   German   Lloyd   had   no   connection   with   the British   Lloyd   Cars   Ltd   company   active   between 1936 and 1951.  


As   the   1960s   began,   American   cars   showed   a   rapid   rejection   of   1950s   styling   excess,   and   would   remain   relatively   clean   and   boxy   for   the   entire   decade.   The horsepower   race   reached   its   climax   in   the   late   1960s,   with   muscle   cars   sold   by   most   makes.   The   compact   Ford   Mustang,   launched   in   1964,   was   one   of   the decade's   greatest   successes.   The   "Big   Three"   American   automakers   enjoyed   their   highest   ever   sales   and   profitability   in   the   1960s,   but   the   demise   of Studebaker   in   1966   left American   Motors   Corporation   as   the   last   significant   independent. The   decade   would   see   the   car   market   split   into   different   size   classes for the first time, and model lineups now included compact and mid-sized cars in addition to full-sized ones. The   popular   modern   hatchback,   with   front-wheel-drive   and   a   two-box   configuration,   was   born   in   1965   with   the   introduction   of   the   Renault   16,many   of   this car's   design   principles   live   on   in   its   modern   counterparts:   a   large   rear   opening   incorporating   the   rear   window,   foldable   rear   seats   to   extend   boot   space.   The Mini, released in 1959, had first popularised the front wheel drive two-box configuration, but technically was not a hatchback as it had a fold-down bootlid.
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Photos mainly by Matti Kreivilä. Historical facts and technical details of the vehicles provided by Wikipedia. Movies YouTube.