The 1970's provided a range of different vehicles. Muscle cars were undoubtedly the in-thing when the decade started, and all the major manufacturers in the United States were competing for the title of the biggest, baddest muscle car out there.
And then came the Middle Eastern oil crisis and all of a sudden, massive big block V8's were now a problem and popularity fell away. Of course, that led to a range of other markets that opened all over the world with fuel efficient, smaller cars quickly rising in popularity. And it's easy to see why, but most importantly, they didn't guzzle gas.
The '70s also saw an upturn in off-roading as a recreation sport, and many people started looked for vehicles that would not only take them to work every day but provide some fun on the trails over the weekend.
And so we get to the task ahead of you. We have taken a range of cars from all over the world, and we hope that you can identify them. There is a small catch, however. The images you will see to help you with the identification process are in black and white. Will it make a difference? Let's see.
By 1976, the fourth generation of the popular Mini had been introduced. It was available a 2-door saloon, 2-door truck, and 2-door van. The Mark IV was powered by three different engines: a 1000cc, 1,100cc and 1,200cc straight-four engines.
Since its inception in 1974, the Golf has gone from strength to strength. In fact, Volkswagen’s tagline, ‘The People’s Car’ easily moved from the aging Beetle to this hatchback.
Released in 1970, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine which produced just over 300 brake horsepower.
A utility coupe produced by Ford from 1957 to 1979, the Ranchero was actually adapted from a station wagon design. Over 500,000 Rancheros were sold in the 22 years it was produced.
The Tyrrell was the only car with six-wheels ever to race in Formula 1. It did so in the 1976 and 1977 season and won a race.
Only 351 2000GT's were produced by Toyota between 1967 and 1970. This two-door fastback sportscar was designed in conjunction with Yamaha. It came with either a 2.0 or 2.3-liter engine and with a 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic gearbox.
First released in the United Kingdom in 1979, the Astra is exactly the same as the Opel version except it is a right-hand drive car. Currently in its seventh generation, this vehicle has proved a popular selling both for Vauxhall and Opel.
The American Motors Corporation produced the subcompact class Gremlin between 1970 and 1978. A number of models were produced, but it was the Gremlin powered by either a 5.0-liter or 6.6-liter V8 that are considered to be muscle cars.
An economy model in the 02 series, the BMW 1502 first entered production in 1975. Powered by a 1.5-liter engine, the 1502 was marketed until 1977, even though production on the rest of the 02 range was stopped in 1975.
Produced between 1973 and 1975, the Apollo from Buick was available as a 2-door coupe and hatchback and a 4-door sedan. The most powerful engine option available to the Apollo was a 350 cubic inch 5.7-liter V8.
The Challenger was first introduced in 1970 as a muscle car. The top of the range model from this era was powered by a 6.98-liter Chrysler Hemi engine.
Contesting the supermini segment, the Audi 50 was a small, three-door hatchback. Produced between 1975 and 1979, the 50 was sold only in Europe. With a four-speed manual gearbox, it had three different engine options, the biggest of which was a 1.3-liter.
Introduced by Chevrolet in 1970, early models of the Monte Carlo are considered to be luxury muscle cars. This model competed for market share against the Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Riviera.
Incredibly, this Ferrari was used in Formula 1 from 1975 to 1980 with minor upgrades each year. It won 27 races, three driver's crowns, and four constructors championships. Not only a classic but a phenomenal winner.
The first generation of BMW's famed 3 series was released in 1975 and remained in production until 1983. Over 1.3 million were built and included a convertible model designed with the help of Baur Coachbuilders.
With a massive fan on the back and low side skirts, the Chaparral 2J sucked to the tarmac, giving the car incredible downforce and making it two seconds a lap faster than its competitors in the 1970 Can-Am series. It was soon banned.
Marketed in the compact car segment, the Leone was manufactured between 1971 and 1994. The Leone (meaning lion) was powered by a range of Boxter engines and owners had the option of four-wheel drive. This vehicle came in a variety of body options including station wagon, hatchback coupe, and sedan.
First marketed in Europe as the Hillman Avenger, this four-door small family car received Chrysler branding from 1976 to 1979. Interestingly, from 1971 to 1973, before it received its Chrysler badge for the European market, it was sold in America as the Plymouth Cricket. Three models of the Avenger were available to the motoring public - LS, GL, and GLS
The Fiesta was originally made for the European and other world markets with the model first produced in 1976. It remains a popular model today.
Marketed by Toyota between 1974 and 1993, the FJ40 Land Cruiser is considered to be one of their best ever off-road vehicles.
Marketed between 1971 and 1994, the Colt was actually built by Mitsubishi Motors and marketed by Dodge in the United States. There were seven generations of it altogether.
Built between 1971 and 1972, the FF1 G was a subcompact vehicle available in a number of body styles including 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan or 5-door wagon. It was designed by Shinroku Momose.
Competing in the subcompact segment, the Vega was produced by Chevrolet between 1971 and 1977. It was available as a hatchback, wagon, notchback, and panel delivery vehicle. Over 2 million Vegas were sold during its production run.
First produced in 1976, the Honda Accord is currently in its ninth generation and forms part of the full-size car market. It is a top seller in the United States and sells over 300,000 vehicles a year almost every year. The best sales year ever recorded was in 1990.
First introduced in 1978 and still marketed in Australia today as part of the Holden lineup, the Berlina name has been associated with the Commodore model for many years. The VK was marketed from 1984 to 1986. Over 135,000 were sold in a two-year period.
Apprearing in Gran Turismo Sport, this Italian car was produced in 1971 and built for a period of 20 years. In total, 7260 such 2-door mid-engined coupes were produced.
The Centura featured as a model of Chrysler Australia from 1975 to 1978. This four-door was a front-wheel drive, front engine sedan. Essentially, it was a modified Chrysler 180 that featured three engine options from 2.0-liters to 3.5.-liters.
Designed by Bill Allen, the Corniche from Rolls Royce was produced for a 16-year period from 1971 to 1996. It was an advancement on the Silver Shadow and was available as either a 2-door coupe or 2-door convertible.
Volkswagen started the 'hot hatch' revolution with the introduction of the Golf GTI in 1976. This was a Golf Mk 1 with a high-performance engine and instantly became a hit.
The Dart was introduced in 1960. The Demon was a 2-door fastback coupe version of the Dart released in 1971.
Released between 1976 and 1986, Jeep’s CJ-7 was one of the most popular off-roaders available during those ten years. It had a large, 93.5-inch wheelbase that coupled with a three-speed gearbox meant the Jeep went places other 4x4s had trouble getting to. The top of the range CJ-7 was powered by a 304 cubic inch V8.
At 5.8 meters, the Mark V was certainly a long car, especially for a 2-door coupe. Built between 1977 and 1979, the Mark V had two powerplant options, a 6.6-liter V8 or a 7.5-liter V8. 228,262 were sold in three years, making the Mark V the most sold model of the Mark series.
A 'super truck' of sorts, over 5000 Li’l Red Express Trucks were sold in 1978 and 1979. And it's not difficult to understand why. Not only did it look incredible but it had some serious speed. In fact, the modified 360 cubic inches V-8 engine produced 225 brake horsepower, even more than the Corvettes produced at the time.
The first luxury 4x4s sold by Jeep, Wagoneers were produced for a period of 28 years, from 1963 to 1991. Even though this was a massive vehicle, the 4x4 performed admirably off-road and even won the Sno*Drift Rally of 1974.
Essentially a Golf with rear storage space making it a sedan instead of a hatchback, the Jetta first appeared in 1979.
Seven generations of the Toyota Celica were produced between 1971 and 2006. A very popular sports car, the Celica had some excellent racing pedigree and took place in both track racing as well as rallying.
Produced between 1971 and 2014 and over five generations, the Honda Life is a name badge used on city cars and microvans produced by Honda. The first generation included a 2 or 4 door hatchback with just a 350cc engine!
Lincoln marketed the Versailles in the luxury compact car segment from 1977 to 1980. At the time, the Versailles, named after the famous French palace, was the smallest Lincoln model produced and remained so up until the introduction of the LS in 2000.
The final 360 was produced in 1971 after a production run from 1958. This was the first model produced by Subaru, and over 392,000 were manufactured. The 360 came in several body shapes including 2-door sedan, 2-door convertible as well as a 3-door station wagon.
A small off-road option, the Jimny has been produced by Suzuki since the 1970s with the third generation of the marque currently available. The Jimny offers either two-wheel or four-wheel drive and a range of power plant options with the 1.4-liter being the biggest.