The classic cars of the 70s are some of the most fun to discuss. These cars come from a time before computer automation, the widespread use of automatic transmissions, and booster motors. Whether you look at cars from European automakers, discuss some American versions, or have some favorites from Japanese brands you love to discuss. Nostalgia, classic features, and fun features make for amazing discussions.
Classic luxury coupe in Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce
Cool European style: the GT Veloce is the sports coupe we’ve seen on the track. This is one of the most popular classic cars of the decade with its distinctive grille design. Hi Consumption tells us that this car could still claim $40,000 at a recent auction. The GT Veloce was produced from 1971 to 1976, and used a 2.0-liter engine.
The BMW 2002 Turbo is one of the classic cars that brought turbocharging into the mix
Far from conventional design at the time, BMW’s 2002 Turbo offered high-performance driving, often at the forefront of dirt track racing. This is the classic M Motorsport with the colors we see as part of the M badge today. This car, which was produced from 1973 to 1975, used a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for power.
Volkswagen offered the Golf as a practicality
Moving from the track to the cars from the 1970s that shaped the motoring world, we see the Volkswagen Golf. The Beetle is the most popular Volkswagen in history, but the Golf came to market as a useful, practical and valuable vehicle. We still see golf in various forms today, giving us a small and active car to drive.
Range Rover is a car for every season
The Gear Patrol shows us the Range Rover as one of the most interesting and influential classic cars of the 1970s. This SUV offered impressive off-road capabilities and timeless design elements, and was a luxurious, modern ride. Land Rover Range Rover has been a high-heeled SUV for fun and adventure since its arrival in 1970.
We must include a Porsche 917
Road and Track won’t let us forget about the Porsche 917, nor will we want to. This classic racing machine dominated Le Mans in the early 1970s, giving way to the variants that followed. This was one of the most successful sports cars from Porsche, and it’s still a great car we’re talking about today.
The Dodge Challenger delivers what we want in classic cars
The debut of the Dodge Challenger occurred in 1970, introducing us to one of the coolest muscle cars ever built. This car wasn’t as powerful as the models we have today, but it certainly inspired the look and feel of a modern muscle car.
Do you remember AMC Hornet?
MotorTrend takes us in another direction when discussing the classic cars of the 1970s. One of the cars we often forget but shouldn’t is the AMC Hornet. This car offered an unconventional design in a compact sedan construction that seemed useful and appropriate at the time. Unfortunately, the AMC brand did not last, and Hornet could not prove its worth.
Oldsmobile Omega is one of the most interesting classic cars
Even in the 1970s, General Motors built platform-sharing vehicles with changes only in the features on offer. Oldsmobile Omega was different enough from its flagship Chevrolet Nova, to be an excellent choice for consumers at the time.
Ford gave us the Mustang Boss 302 for fun and performance
The Trans Am series is where the Ford Mustang Boss 302 found a home. This was one of the best cars to drive on the track when cornering. Other cars were faster in the straights of the track, but these drivers with these Mustangs took corners and were often the checkered flag.
Chevrolet Chevelle SS is one of the best classic cars ever made
Engine 1 does not allow us to forget about the Chevelle. This car introduced a smaller version of the muscle cars of the ’70s, which gives us an interesting feel on the road. The regular Chevelle used a six-cylinder engine, but the SS put a 454-block big V8 at your fingertips to be one of America’s most powerful towing cars.
Which one of these classic cars do you like the most? Do you have another car from the ’70s that you love to talk about around the dinner table?
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