Many say that the 1970s nothing but a continuation of the late 1960s. The liberals and radicals of the 1960s inspired the social-justice crusades or liberation movements, there was new freedom for women, homosexuals.
But it had made its own unique contribution – assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, campus unrest and urban riots, the resignation of President Richard Nixon, and American participation in the Vietnam War.
It starting to sound negative so before we further get disillusioned, let us take a look at the good side – the cars of the 70s.
10. Monte Carlo
The 1973 Monte Carlo had no hard top. It had frameless glass doors and rear side opera windows and dual headlights and an egg crate style grille. It was bigger and heavier, but was considered a lot safer for driving. The new roof was a double shell roof, which was changed with the intent to lower noise and to add increased rollover protection. This model also featured exterior door handles that were flush mounted pull ups.
As for the engine – 145 HP 350 Turbo fire V8.
This was named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 1973.
9. Jaguar XJ Series II
Series II has raised front bumpers to meet US crash safety regulations. The interior had simplified heating and a/c systems to address criticisms of the complex and not very effective Series I system.
In April 1975 the North American Series II got a slightly revised set of front bumpers which had rubber overriders covering the full length of the bumper with embedded turn signals at each end.
8. Volvo P1800 ES
For the last model year, 1973, only the 1800ES was produced. It was introduced at the same time as the Jaguar E-Type and in the US the P1800′s price was not much less than the Jaguar.
While Volvo never produced factory convertibles of the 1800, these were produced in the aftermarket.
7. Lamborghini Countach
The Countach shape was wide and low (42.1 inches), but very not long (only 163 inches). Its angular and wedge-shaped body was made almost entirely of flat, trapezoidal panels. There were curves, notably the smoothly coke-bottle wing line, but the overall appearance was sharp.
The doors, a Countach trademark, were scissor doors: hinged at the front with horizontal hinges, so that the doors lifted up and tilted forwards. The main reason is the car’s tubular spaceframe chassis results in very high and wide door sills. It was also partly for style, and partly because the width of the car made conventional doors impossible to use in an even slightly confined space.
6. Datsun 240z
Datsun was an automobile marque. Nissan phased out the Datsun brand in March 1986. The Datsun name is most famous for the sports cars referred to as the Fairlady roadsters and later the Fairlady (240Z) coupes.
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