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The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music

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1961 Continental

1961 Continental

One of the 50 most beautiful cars ever made


Car of the Year 1961


 Pontiac Tempest 1961


The Pontiac Tempest was Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year for 1961. It was a compact car with a rear-mounted Corvair transaxle with a combined differential and transmission which gave it a 50/50 weight distribution.  Road & Track also praised the Tempest as the  best utility car since the Model-A Ford.


The 1961 Continental


It was two feet shorter than pervious years with the infamous rear "Suicide Doors" which opened from the front (all models were 4 doors). The first American car with a full 24,000 mile or 2-year warranty.


A special convertible model, the SS-100-X was purchased by the Secret Service as a presidential parade limousine. It soon became the car  remembered by most of the world.


 1961 Continental



Dinah Shore - Chevys of 1961


The Races 1961


a.j. foyt 1961

Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt

USAC Racing - A. J. Foyt

NASCAR - Ned Jarrett

Daytona 500 - Marvin Panch

Formula One (Grand Prix)  - Phil Hill

Le Mans - Phil Hill win, driving a Ferrari TR61


Thunderbird 1961


The tail lights of the 1961 Thunderbird gave it the nickname The Bullet Bird until styling changed in 1964.


Wisconsin requires seat belts in front outboard seat positions.

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Sixties Pizzazz


The idea behind this project is to present the Sixties in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Sixties websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Sixties including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Sixties Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


These websites are safe for Middle school and above.


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Sixties Pizzazz is part of a larger procress still under construction. It includes Fifties Pizass, Seventies Pizzazz, and the still beta of Eighties Pizzazz. They all are similar in our effort to make recent history fun and intersting for the next generation.



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