Ten Years Of Thunder

The Top Ten  – Ten Years Of Thunder

This is Paul’s street and track credibility index, covering the top ten performance saloon cars in the ten year period between 1963 the start of the quick car revolution and 1973, the progression of this movement being slowed dramatically by the first fuel crisis.  Prior to 1963, potent saloon cars were an oddity and if fast was the requirement, sports cars were the answer. By the end of this period, that norm had been turned upside down, a new generation of saloon cars emerged with Manufacturers competing both on the street and track. These were the most exciting years in the lives of petrolheads and mom’s Taxis quickly graduated to a 110Mph two door ‘econobox’ in late 1963, ending up being book-ended by a 145Mph coupe in 1973. But that is not necessarily the order in which the Top ten are scored…street/track cred is scored differently…. read on.

1963… Then Ten Years Of Thunder

Defining events seldom come in greater numbers…it’s 1963…. the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stereo, FM radio, Drive-in movies and Roadhouses, JFK and the (very hot) Cold War, Boeing 707,s, The race to the moon, Martin Luther King’s dream… and a portent of springbok rugby, H.O. de Villiers the school rugby captain… It was a hugely

Part 1 | The Lotus Cortina MK 1 | 1963 – Ten Years of Thunder

I have selected the top ten from the era -  mid 1963 to end 1973. The choice is based on my heartfelt memories of the times … and some may be a surprise… read on. #1 In our list of early performance cars THE LOTUS CORTINA MK 1 A

Part 2 | The Pontiac GTO | 1963 – Ten Years of Thunder

I have selected the top ten from the era -  mid 1963 to end 1973. The choice is based on my heartfelt memories of the times … and some may be a surprise… read on.  2nd Place In our list of early performance cars THE PONTIAC GTO You Be

Part 3 The Top Ten | The Renault R8 Gordini.

I have selected the top ten from the era – mid 1963 to end 1973. The choice based on my heartfelt memories of the times…and some may be a surprise… read on #3 - In our list of early Performance cars.... The Renault R8 Gordini. 1296cc R8 GORDINIS IN THEIR

Part 4 The Top Ten | Mini Cooper S | Part 1 of 2

This is # 4 in the top ten Performance Saloon cars of the 1963 – 1973 era. The Cooper S range of Minis opened a new world of performance for small saloon cars and set in motion a track and rally heritage shattering previous convention. #4 THE MINI COOPER S

Part 4 The Top Ten | Mini Cooper S | Part 2 of 2

The Competition Legacy This is # 4 in the top ten Performance Saloon cars of the 1963 – 1973 era. The Cooper S range of Minis opened a new world of performance for small saloon cars and set in motion a track  and rally heritage shattering previous convention. #4 THE MINI

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