The classic cars of the 1970s are some of the funniest cars to discuss. These cars predate computer automation, the widespread use of automatic transmissions and supercharged engines. Whether you’re looking back at cars from European automakers, discussing some American versions, or have a few favorite Japanese brands that you’d love to discuss. The nostalgia, classic features, and fun features make for amazing discussions.
Classic luxury coupe in the Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce
A beautiful European model, the GT Veloce is a sporty coupe that we saw at the track. This is one of the most recognizable classic cars of the decade with its distinctive front grille design. Hello Consumption tells us that this car can still fetch $40,000 at a modern auction. The GT Veloce was produced from 1971 to 1976 and had a 2.0 liter engine.
The BMW 2002 Turbo is one of the classics that brought turbocharging into the mix
Away from the traditional build of the time, BMW’s 2002 Turbo offered high-performance driving and was often at the forefront of dirt track races. This is the classic M Motorsport car with the colors we see today as part of the M badge. This car, which was produced from 1973 to 1975, used a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine for power.
Volkswagen offered the Golf as a practical top performer
Away from the racetrack to cars from the 1970s that shaped the automotive world, we see the VW Golf. The Beetle is the most iconic VW in history, but the Golf came out as a useful, practical and value-driven car. We still see the Golf today in various forms, giving us a small and active car to drive.
The Range Rover is a car for every season
Gear Patrol shows us the Range Rover as one of the most influential and interesting classic cars of the 1970s. This SUV offered impressive off-road capabilities, timeless design elements and was a fashionable luxury vehicle. The Land Rover Range Rover has been a well-heeled SUV for fun and adventure since its introduction in 1970.
We have to include the Porsche 917
Road and Track won’t let us forget the Porsche 917 and we don’t want to either. This classic racing machine dominated Le Mans in the early 1970s, giving way to the following variants. This was one of Porsche’s most successful sports cars and it’s still a great car to talk about today.
The Dodge Challenger brings what we want from classic cars
The Dodge Challenger debuted in 1970, giving us one of the coolest muscle cars ever made. This car wasn’t as overpowered as the models we have today, but it certainly inspired the look and style of the modern muscle car.
Do you remember the AMC Hornet?
MotorTrend takes us in a different direction when it comes to the classic cars of the 1970s. One car that we often forget, but shouldn’t forget, is the AMC Hornet. This car offered funky design in a small sedan that seemed useful and right for the time. Unfortunately, the AMC brand didn’t last long and the Hornet never managed to prove its worth.
The Oldsmobile Omega is one of the most interesting classic cars
Even into the 1970s, GM built vehicles that shared platforms with only changes to the features offered. The Oldsmobile Omega was different enough from the Chevrolet Nova, its platform mate, to be an excellent option for consumers of the time.
Ford gave us the Mustang Boss 302 for fun and performance
The Ford Mustang Boss 302 has found a home in the Trans Am series. This was one of the best cars to drive around the track when it came to the corners. Other cars were quicker on the straight sections of the track, but these drivers with this Mustang took the corners and often the checkered flag.
The Chevrolet Chevelle SS is one of the finest classic cars ever made
Motor 1 does not allow us to forget the Chevelle. This car offered a smaller version of the muscle cars of the 1970s and gave us an interesting feel on the road. The regular Chevelle used a six-cylinder engine, but the SS model gave you a 454 big-block V8 to be one of the most powerful drag-strip cars in America.
Which of these classic cars do you admire the most? Do you have another 1970s car that you enjoy talking about at the dinner table?
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