American Car Spotters Guide - 1966

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American Car Spotters Guide - 1966


Birth of the Beach Buggy



Bruce Meyers was about to give the specialist-car industry a boost that would add at least ten years to its history. In 1966, he brought out the Manx, the first of a line of countless 'Beach Buggies'. The open top, open- wheeled car was just a basic body dropped straight onto a Volkswagen floorpan. The Volks engine was used and all that was needed was a set of fat wheels and tyres, not only to make it practical on beaches, but to give the car a certain aggressive look. There were probably more vehicles built on this theme than on any other, and, when the idea of the buggy fizzled out, there were the Volks-based sports cars to take their place.

Also see: The American Muscle Car Era - 1966
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1966 AMC Ambassador
USA

AMC Ambassador

  Also see: AMC Road Tests and Reviews | AMC Brochures
   
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1966 AMC Ambassador Wagon
USA

AMC Ambassador Wagon

  Also see: AMC Road Tests and Reviews | AMC Brochures
   
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1966 AMC Marlin
USA

AMC Marlin

  Also see: AMC Road Tests and Reviews | AMC Brochures
   
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1966 AMC Rambler Ambassador
USA

AMC Rambler Ambassador

  Also see: AMC Road Tests and Reviews | AMC Brochures
   
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1966 AMC Rambler Ambassador
USA

AMC Rambler Ambassador

  Also see: AMC Road Tests and Reviews | AMC Brochures
   
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1966 AMC Rambler Ambassador Wagon
USA

AMC Rambler Ambassador Wagon

  Also see: AMC Road Tests and Reviews | AMC Brochures
   
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1966 AMC Rambler Classic
USA

AMC Rambler Classic

  Also see: AMC Road Tests and Reviews | AMC Brochures
   
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1966 AMC Rambler Classic
USA

AMC Rambler Classic

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1966 AMC Rambler Rogue
USA

AMC Rambler Rogue

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American Motors Ambassador Wagon
USA

American Motors Ambassador

  Also see: AMC Road Tests and Reviews | AMC Brochures
 
The late 1965 and 1966 Ambassador was available with a 232 CID 155 hp Six or 287 CID 198 hp V8, in sedan, 2 door coupe, convertible and station wagon iterations. The Ambassador had a 116 inch wheelbase, and 68,084 were built during 1966. The prices ranged from US$2404 to $2968. The 880 Series was also available.
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American Motors Classic
USA

American Motors Classic

  Also see: AMC Road Tests and Reviews | AMC Brochures
 
Marketed from 1966 as the American Motors Classic, the intermediate sized car had been in production since 1961 as the Rambler Classic. The wheelbase was 112 inches, and there were 2 sixes and 3 V8's available. Standard engines were the 287 CID 198 hp V8 or 232 CID 145 hp Six. The Classic was shod with 6.95/7.35 x 14 tyres, depending on engine size. Models included the 550, 770 or Rebel. The wagons started at US$2888, the convertible from $3065 and the Marlin featuring a new crisp roof-line was priced from $2972.
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American Motors Marlin
USA

American Motors Marlin

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The Marlin was part of the AMC "Classic Line". Some 1966 cars were fitted with a corrugated rocker panel trim. The Marlin is easily identified by the unique fastback rear styling, however the front was a little less spectacular. The wheelbase of the 66 model was slightly shorter than the 65, reduced from 116 inches to 112 inches. Power disc brakes were standard (tyres were 7.35 or 7.75 x 14), and the Marlin featured reclining seats. Engines included the 232 CID 155 hp six, 287 CID 198 hp V8, and 327 CID 270 hp V8. To bolster sales, AMC had special pricing for the Marlin in 1966, starting at $2601 (compared to the regular list price of $3051). Only 4,547 Marlin's were manufactured in 1966.
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1966 Buick Electra
USA

Buick LeSabre, Wildcat and Electra

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1966 Cadillac Calais Hardtop
USA

Cadillac Calais Hardtop

  Also see: Cadillac Road Tests and Reviews | Cadillac Brochures
 

The 1966 Cadillac Calais Series could be chosen in Coupe, Hardtop Sedan or Sedan. Calais models were mostly outfitted with 429 V8 engines and Turbo Hydra-Matic Transmissions. Standard conveniences options included Power Steering, Power Brakes, Cornering Lights, Electric Clock, Ash Receiver Lights, Courtesy Lights, Glove Box Lights, Reading Lights, Trunk Light, Remote Control Outside Mirror, Electric three-speed Windshield Wipers and Disc Brakes. Eight different interior trim options were available along with sixteen exterior body colors. Calais models were identifiable by the Cadillac script letters located on the rear deck lid and a "Calais" script on the rear quarter panels. The 4-door sedan and hardtop both sold for US$5171, while the 2-door hardtop coupe sold for $4986.

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1966 Checker Marathon
USA

Checker Marathon

  Also see: Checker Road Tests and Reviews
 
For those not born in the US, the classic looks of the New York cab do not give any hint as to the manufacturer of the vehicle. Rugged and reliable, it was in fact manufactured by Checker and was even available as a passenger car from 1960 to 1982.
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1966 Checker Marathon
USA

Checker Marathon

  Also see: Checker Road Tests and Reviews
 
The Checker Marathon's donor engine was sourced from Chevrolet, and although a V8 option was available most cabs preferred the more economical 6, while 6 or 8 seat configurations were available. The styling of the car did not change much over the years of production, and slowly cab drivers found favour with more traditional large sedans - which ultimately caused the demise of the Checker Marathon.
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1966 Checker Marathon DeLuxe
USA

Checker Marathon DeLuxe

  Also see: Checker Road Tests and Reviews
   
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1966 Chevrolet Caprice
USA

Chevrolet Caprice

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1966 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon
USA

Chevrolet Caprice Wagon

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1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396
USA

Chevrolet Chevelle SS396

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa
USA

Chevrolet Corvair Corsa

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1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
USA

Chevrolet Corvair Monza

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1966 Chevrolet Corvette
USA

Chevrolet Corvette

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1966 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop
USA

Chevrolet Impala Hardtop

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
 
The Impala Caprice was reintroduced as the Chevrolet Caprice in 1966, taking the top position in the full-size Chevrolet lineup. The Impala however, remained Chevrolet's top-selling model until the late 1970s. Engine choices included the inline six-cylinder as well as the famous Chevy small-block and big-block V8s. Automatic buyers were given the option of the newly-introduced three-range Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission for the newly-introduced Mark IV big-block engine, displacing 396 cubic inches.
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1966 Chevrolet Impala Sedan
USA

Chevrolet Impala Sedan

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
 
The old 409-cubic-inch (6.7 Litre) "W" engine was discontinued early in the 1965 model year, so early-production '65s got the 409, where later-built cars had the 396-cubic-inch (6.5 L) as the big-block option. Two-range Powerglide, as well as Synchro-Mesh 3 and 4-speed manual transmissions were available. As with previous years, Impalas featured more chrome trim inside and out, with pleated tufted upholstery and door panels.
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1966 Chevrolet Nova SS
USA

Chevrolet Nova SS

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1966 Chrysler 300
USA

Chrysler 300

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
 
Chrysler entered the 1966 model year with a new 440-cubic inch V - 8 engine, the largest displacement engine offered by Chrysler to this time. It developed 350 hp at 4400 rpm. A new option available only to the Chrysler was the first independent rear heater to combine heating, defrosting, and defogging operations in one unit.
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1966 Chrysler Valiant Regal
USA

Chrysler Valiant Regal

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1966 Chrysler Valiant VIP
USA

Chrysler Valiant VIP

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1966 Dodge Charger
USA

Dodge Charger

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1966 Dodge Coronet 440 convertible
USA

Dodge Coronet 440 convertible

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1966 Dodge Dart Convertible
USA

Dodge Dart Convertible

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1966 Dodge Dart GT convertible
USA

Dodge Dart GT convertible

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1966 Dodge Sportsman
USA

Dodge Sportsman

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1966 Imperial Crown Convertible
USA

Imperial Crown Convertible

   
   
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1966 International Harvester Scout
USA

International Harvester Scout

  Also see: International Harvester Scout Reviews
   
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1966 International Harvester Scout
USA

International Scout 800 Sporttop

  Also see: International Harvester Scout Reviews
   
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1966 Jeep Jeepster Commando
USA

Jeep Jeepster Commando

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1966 Jeep Wagoneer Custom
USA

Jeep Wagoneer Custom

  Also see: Jeep Road Tests and Reviews | Jeep Brochures
   
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1966 Lincoln Continental
USA

Lincoln Continental

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1966 Lincoln Continental
USA

Lincoln Continental

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1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone
USA

Mercury Comet Cyclone

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1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT
USA

Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

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1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT
USA

Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

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1966 Mercury Park Lane 4 Door
USA

Mercury Park Lane 4 Door

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1966 Mercury Park Lane Convertible
USA

Mercury Park Lane Convertible

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1966 Oldsmobile 442
USA

Oldsmobile 442

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
USA

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88
USA

Oldsmobile Delta 88

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1966 Oldsmobile F-85 Deluxe
USA

Oldsmobile F-85 Deluxe

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1966 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Luxury
USA

Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Luxury

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1966 Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe
USA

Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe

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1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Coupe
USA

Oldsmobile Toronado

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1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Coupe
USA

Oldsmobile Toronado

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1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
USA

Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
USA

Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1966 Plymouth Fury
USA

Plymouth Fury

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1966 Pontiac Acadian Beaumont
USA

Pontiac Acadian Beaumont

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1966 Pontiac Acadian Beaumont 2 Door
USA

Pontiac Acadian Beaumont 2 Door

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1966 Pontiac Acadian Beaumont Convertible
USA

Pontiac Acadian Beaumont Convertible

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1966 Pontiac Acadian Beaumont Convertible
USA

Pontiac Acadian Beaumont Convertible

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1966 Pontiac Grand Parisienne
USA

Pontiac Grand Parisienne

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1966 Pontiac Grand Prix
USA

Pontiac Grand Prix

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1966 Pontiac Laurentian Wagon
USA

Pontiac Laurentian Wagon

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1966 Pontiac Parisienne
USA

Pontiac Parisienne

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1966 Pontiac Tempest Custom
USA

Pontiac Tempest Custom

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1966 Studebaker Cruiser
USA

Studebaker Cruiser

  Also see: Studebaker Road Tests and Reviews
   
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1966 Studebaker Daytona
USA

Studebaker Daytona

  Also see: Studebaker Road Tests and Reviews
   
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1966 Studebaker Wagonaire
USA

Studebaker Wagonaire

  Also see: Studebaker Road Tests and Reviews
   
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1966 Willys Rural (Brazil Market)
USA

Willys Rural (Brazil Market)

  Also see: Willys Road Tests and Reviews
   
1966 Dodge Station Wagon
1966 Dodge Station Wagon.
1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible.
1966 Ford Thunderbird
1966 Ford Thunderbird.
1966 Mercury Monterey
1966 Mercury Monterey.

1966 Plymouth Barracuda
1966 Plymouth Barracuda.

 
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