Auto123’s intrepid journalist Daniel Rufiange revisits the 1960 Pontiac Laurentian and reminisces about his very first vintage car
In 1960, a wind of change was blowing across America. In the United States, voters brought to power a certain John F. Kennedy, a president who would make history in more than one sense of the term.
The automotive industry, without realizing it, was about to experience a decade that would deeply redefine it. Already, towards the end of the 1950s, new models were appearing with more-modern styling. Newer cars were also characterized by wider tracks, a lower seat height, better road handling, etc. In short, vehicles were moving to another level.
I wasn't yet part of this world in 1960 - I would appear a few years later. Probably that’s why the decade of the 1960s holds a little bit of a special place inside me. When I was a child, models from that decade were still very common on the road. Maybe I was imprinted with them; in any case, I've always been interested in cars from that vintage.