What is your favorite model year of cars ever made?

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If you were to pick a year where in your opinion most car manufacturers were the closest to getting it right, what would it be? What is your favorite model year of cars ever made?

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Few people limit their automotive lust to one model year. Whether it's personal preference or year to year styling and design improvements it's unlikely your fantasy garage would be full of cars from one year. That being said, what year do you think car companies, foreign and domestic, got the closest to getting it right at the same time?
Maybe the model year doesn't contain all of your favorite cars ever made, maybe it does. Perhaps none of the cars made that year are as practical for daily use as a car made two years ago. Maybe two years ago is your favorite year of car production. Maybe the production of a few cars is important enough to overshadow what might be considered by some to be a poor year otherwise. Maybe you think just about everything that rolled out of the factory that year is something you would like to be driving.

My choice falls into the last scenario mentioned. Ignoring my love of muscle cars and many cars produced afterward, I would have to say the 1960 model year is my favorite. I think this was the year many car companies really got the long wide and low style of the late fifties right. 1960 was actually the year when the fin was the highest on many cars despite a more smooth and cleaned up look from the 1959 model year. I can't think of many cars sold in the US in 1960 that I wouldn't love to own. Just imagining a Sonoramic Commando equipped Plymouth Fury, a Mercedes 300SL roadster, a Cadillac Series 62 convertible and a Ford Country Squire Wagon taking up a 1960 only row of my fantasy garage is enough to seal the deal.

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I've told you it's 1960 for me, so tell me, what is your favorite model year of cars ever made?

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Fred Smith

1970.

you had all of the following, either in production or just barely out of production:

dodge challenger

dodge charger daytona

dodge coronet R/T 440

plymouth road runner

plymouth superbird

plymouth 'cuda

ford mustang boss 302

ford gran torino talladega

ford mustang boss 429

mercury cougar eliminator

chevrolet corvette LT1

chevrolet camaro Z/28

pontiac firebird trans-am

oldsmobile toronado

oldsmobile 4-4-2 W60

buick GSX stage 1

alfa romeo giulia

lotus seven

lotus elite

lotus elan

lotus cortina

toyota 2000GT

porsche 911

porsche 914/6

aston martin DB6

ferrari 365 GTB/4

lamborghini miura

lancia monte carlo

along with all of the following racing:

alfa romeo type 33/2

ferrari 512M

porsche 908

porsche 910

porsche 917k

mclaren M8GT

lola T70

dodge charger daytona

plymouth superbird

ford mustang boss 302

dodge challenger T/A

plymouth hemi 'cuda

AMC AMX

chevrolet camaro Z/28

and countless F1, CART and can-am cars that were extremely experimental.