The 1970's. What a decade for motoring.!
It was a decade where the world struggled for gas and cars were sometimes the last thing on people's minds. It was a time of rock 'n roll, the birth of disco, the rise of Motown and the end of the hippie era. That said, even though many didn't care for cars, except to get them from A to B, others were still looking or the ultimate ride.
And so the 1970s gave us an incredible assortment of cars, not only from American carmakers, including the Big Three, but from abroad as well. Japanese cars started to make an impact in the United States and like in the '50s and '60s, those beautiful European designs continued to come into the country as well.
Although they had been "invented" just a few years earlier, muscle cars were still extremely popular, especially with lovers of large, American V8 engines. Sports cars, particularly of European origin, also remained popular.
So in this quiz, your knowledge of cars from the 1970s needs to be top notch. Just take your time, you can do it!
Since its inception in 1974, the Rabbit has gone from strength to strength. In fact, Volkswagen’s tagline, ‘The People’s Car,’ easily moved from the aging Beetle to this hatchback. Currently on their seventh model in the range over the last 40 years, Rabbits are sophisticated, high-performance vehicles. And they are popular, too!
The American Motors Corportation manufactured the subcompact class Gremlin between 1970 and 1978. A number of models were produced but it was the Gremlin-powered either 5.0-liter or 6.6-liter V8s that are considered to be muscle cars.
This full-sized station wagon was produced by Chevrolet over two periods - first from 1958 to 1961 and again from 1969 to 1972. It was an entry level station wagon offered by the company during both its production runs.
Released between 1976 and 1986, Jeep’s CJ-7 was one of the most popular off-roaders available during those 10 years. It had a large 93.5-inch wheelbase which, 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.
The Grand Sports badge first appeared on the Buick Skylark in 1965. By 1967, it was a marque all of its own. In 1970, the company released the Grand Sport 455, considered by many experts to be one of the greatest muscle cars ever built.
Built for rallying, the Lancia Stratos didn't disappoint, winning the World Rally championship for three years from 1974 to 1976.
This luxury 2-door saloon was produced by Rolls Royce between 1975 and 1986. It was designed by the legendary Pininfarina design house in Italy, with Paolo Martin the lead designer. This was the first Rolls Royce not designed by the company itself since World War II.
First marketed in Europe as the Hillman Avenger, this four-door small family car received Chrysler branding from 1976 to 1979. 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.
A stalwart of the Chevy pickup fleet in the 1970s, the C30 is considered to be the first of the modern pickup trucks. It was also the first Chevy with the crew cab option, meaning the truck could easily seat six people.
Part of the Volvo 200 series, the 262C was a special edition designed with the help of Italian styling house, Bertone. It was available for a three-year period between 1978 and 1981. It was only available as a coupe which featured some unique styling when compared to its counterparts in the series.
The first-ever mid-engined Ferrari, the 512 was introduced in 1971. And what a looker!
Produced between 1977 and 1988, the Diplomat contested the mid-sized car segment. It is exactly the same car as the Plymouth Gran Fury. The Diplomat came with three engine options - a 3.7-liter straight six, a 5.2-liter V8, or a 5.9-liter V8. Diplomats were a favored vehicle for city police forces around the United States.
Sold for a period of nine years from 1966 to 1975, the BMW 1602 was a 2-door cabriolet which included a high-performance version, the TI. This model was not sold in the United States as it did not meet emissions requirements at the time.
Available only in Japan, the Chaser was produced between 1977 and 2001, first as a compact car and then, from 1988, in the mid-sized car segment. The Chaser shared the same chassis with two other Toyota models, the Cressida/Mark II, and the Cresta. Thanks to its front engined, rear-wheel drive layout, the Chaser became a popular car to use in drifting.
A small off-road option, the Jimny has been produced by Suzuki since the 1970s. What a cute 4x4!
The Pony, Korea's first mass-produced car, was a rear-wheel-drive subcompact car produced by the Korean manufacturer between 1975 and 1990. Two generations of the Pony were produced with a range of body options, including sedans, wagons, a coupe utility, and a hatchback.
The Alpine was a European Chrysler model marketed under a host of other names in various car markets around the world. This front-wheel-drive hatchback was produced by Chrysler Europe between 1975 and 1979.
More than 30,000 of these fastback coupes were built by Audi from 1969 to 1976. It was noted for its slanting back section. The 100 Coupe S was powered by a 1.8-liter engine coupled to a 4-speed manual gearbox.
The Granada was marketed as a mid-sized car in the United States between 1975 and 1982. It came in many guises, including a 2- and 4-door sedan, station wagon, and 2-door coupe. It was also sold in Europe.
This full-sized sedan was marketed by Mazda for a brief period from 1975 to 1977. Mazda took the chassis of the Holden HJ and HX and fitted their own 1.3-liter rotary engine which produced 400 brake horsepower. Unfortunately, the engine lacked enough torque to deal with the weight of the chassis.
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 a number of years. The VB was marketed from 1984 to 1986. More than 135,000 were sold in a two-year period.
Produced between 1969 and 1973, the FF1 Star was a development of Subaru's 1000 model. Powered by a 1.1-liter engine, the FF1 Star was even released in the United States in 1970 and 1971.
1970 AMC Rebel - The Rebel, particularly the 1970 models, took AMC straight into the muscle car fight. This was a real looker, blessed with a muscle car stance. With “Up with the Rebel Machine,!” AMC's slogan for the car, they were certainly trying to buy into the younger market.
Formed in 1922 by Sir William Lyons and William Walmsley, the Swallow Sidecar Company was the forerunner to Jaguar. Under the name SS Jaguar, the company started producing two models, the SS 90 and SS 100. One of their much-loved vehicles, the XJ Coupe, was built between 1975 and 1978. These were available with both 6 and 12 cylinder options. More than 8,000 were sold.
A performance version of the Valiant, the Duster was a fairly small vehicle for the time. It had a range of engine options and was produced by Plymouth until 1976.
The Lincoln Mark V was marketed by Lincoln in the luxury coupe market segment from 1977 to 1979.
Created as a high-speed racing machine, especially for NASCAR, the Superbird was also for sale to the public. The first models appeared in 1970 and were instantly recognizable thanks to the massive spoiler on the back.
The Grand Prix was built by Pontiac between 1962 and 1973. It underwent a number of cosmetic changes during its 11-year production run but always had a number of V8 engine options to give it that muscle car appeal.
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.
Produced between 1961 and 1975, the FJ Fleetvan came in two different versions, the FJ-3 and the FJ-3A, which was a little longer. Essentially a delivery van, the FJ was used by the U.S. postal service amongst others.
A 'super truck' of sorts, more than 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 Corvettes produced at the time.
Designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro, the M1 sports car was released in 1978 and built for a period of three years in which 453 were made. This was BMW's first mid-engined car and was powered by a 3.5-liter double overhead cam straight six engine. It had a top speed of 162 mph.
The 1970 Dodge Charger continued the wildly popular muscle car line.
This vehicle has been produced by Honda since 1977. The Acty is available as a 2-door microtruck or 5-door minivan.
This Italian car was produced in 1971 and built for a period of 20 years. A 2-door mid-engined coupe, 7,260 were produced.
Essentially a Golf with rear storage space making it a sedan instead of a hatchback, the Jetta first appeared in 1979.
More than 100,000 1100 Saloons were built by MG from 1962 to 1971. When it was released, it was described as the most advanced MG of all time. Powered by a 1.0-liter motor, the 1100 Saloon produced around 55 brake horsepower.
Another typical '70s styled 2-door coupe, the Mark IV was produced between 1972 and 1976. Over 250,000 units of the Mark IV were sold during its five year production run
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 seller both for Vauxhall and Opel.
Produced from 1969 to 1977, the Maverick was a compact 2- or 4-door sedan. It came with a range of powerplant options, the biggest of which was a 5-liter V8.