(CNN)Fifty years ago, the Beatles were singing “All You Need is Love.” Hot pants and go-go boots met the dress code for London’s fashionable Carnaby Street, Lyndon Johnson was in the White House, and the top grossing film for 1967 was “The Graduate”, starring Dustin Hoffman, Katherine Ross, and a little red sports car from Italian maker Alfa Romeo.
The Alfa, driven by Hoffman, was a two-seater open roadster known as the Duetto Spider 1600, and unlike some of the other cars from that era, it looks as good today as it did on a Hollywood movie set 50 years ago.
The Alfa, designed by Pininfarina, is just one of a dozen head-turning sports cars from 1967 that — fifty years on — have stood the test of time. From Ferrari to Ford, from Jaguar, Porsche and Aston Martin, to Toyota, Chevrolet, Lamborghini, Maserati, BMW and Lotus, collectively, they form the starring, sporty, cast of 1967.
Finally, back in Italy, the Maserati factory was in the dying days of the Orsi family’s ownership, but still managed to produce one of the most beautiful cars in its illustrious history — the Mexico Prototype, with a hand-built body styled by Frua. Based on a shortened Quattroporte chassis, the two-door sports saloon had a 4.7 litre V8 engine that made it among the fastest four-seaters of its era.
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