The 30 Coolest Cars of the 1970s

The 1970s were all wings and wedges and jaw-dropping designs, the best of which stand the test of time today.

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Dan Pluck

Some of the most radical designs in all of car history came from the 1970s. These are some of our favorites.

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Jaguar
Jaguar XJS

The XJS first hit production in 1975, sporting stunning looks and a magnificent V-12 engine. Questionable reliability caused heavy depreciation as the cars aged, meaning you can now pick one up .

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Porsche
Porsche 917

Porsche dominated Le Mans in the early 1970s with its 917 race car, spawning different variants like the 917/20 shown here. It was one of Porsche's most successful motorsport programs, and the cars remain icons to this day.

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Triumph
Triumph TR7

Though it might not be as exotic as some of the other cars on this list, the TR7 remains one of the great vehicles of the 1970s. It was stylish, lightweight and incredibly fun to drive. is up for bidding right now on eBay.

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The Hoonigans
Porsche 914-6

Porsche built a bunch of 914s in the 1970s, but just a tiny fraction of them were equipped with flat-six engines. Taken from the 911T, the motor made this baby Porsche into a serious performer.

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R&T
Aston Martin Vantage

The original Vantage debuted in the early 1970s as a muscular coupe. It had a V-8 like a muscle car, and sounded wonderful. They're pretty hard to find these days, and when they do come up for sale, .

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Porsche
Porsche 928

The 928 was originally supposed to replace the 911 as Porsche's flagship vehicle. But the 911 was saved, and the two cars were sold side-by-side for awhile, until the 928 was eventually dropped. you can own right now.

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Gooding & Co.
Alfa Romeo Montreal

The Montreal is one of the coolest-looking Alfas out there. It has a classic GT profile, and sports some incredibly cool headlight shrouds that drop down out of view when you flip the bulbs on.

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Dodge
Dodge Challenger

The first Challenger made its debut in 1970, and it remains one of the coolest vintage muscle cars you can own. The new Challenger may make over 700 horsepower, but for some reason, we prefer this one. painted in a lovely shade of purple, and it can be yours today.

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BMW
BMW 2002tii

The 2002 was around before the '70s, but its most desirable non-turbocharged trim, the "tii," didn't come around until 1971. It had a fuel-injected engine that made 130 horsepower, resulting in some serious performance for the time. is up for grabs on eBay right now.

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Fiat
Fiat X1/9

Fiat's quirky mid-engine '70s sports car was designed by Bertone, and still looks great today. If you can find one that hasn't been rusted to bits, we'd say it's worth holding onto. for sale on eBay.

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Mazda
Mazda RX-7

The RX-7 first hit dealerships in 1978, amassing a large following thanks to its lightweight body and wonderful rotary sound. has under 100,000 miles, and you can own it today.

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Toyota
Toyota Celica

The Celica takes a lot of its design from American muscle cars of the time, but really, it's just a fraction of the size. Still, the looks worked, and it drove great. is incredibly clean, and it's for sale on eBay.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz G-Class

It seems like the G-Wagen has been around since the beginning of time, but really, it got its start in the late 1970s. Of course, it hasn't changed much since then— is for sale right now.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet introduced the second-gen Camaro in 1970, with wildly new looks. People loved it, and examples like this one are now extremely desirable. been heavily modified, and you can buy it now.

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Petrolicious
Porsche 930 (911 Turbo)

The 1970s saw Porsche's first turbocharged 911, with widner fenders, a big wing, and a whole lot of power. It had a tendency to snap-oversteer mid-corner, earning the nickname "the Widowmaker." listed for sale for under $80,000.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Corvette (C3)

Some people may not like the C3-generation Corvette, but really, what's not to like? Chevy offered some big-power engines, and the looks are top-notch. is painted in a lovely shade of green, and it's up for bidding right now on eBay.

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Datsun
Datsun Z

Technically, the Datsun Z was first introduced in 1969. But it was sold until 1978, so we'd say it counts. Stylish looks and a wonderful straight-six engine are just some of the reasons why people love it. with some patina that you can own today.

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Darin Schnabel
Ford Mustang Mach 1

Like the Datsun, production for the Mach 1 actually started in 1969, but was sold until '78. It's a true 1970s car, and one of the coolest muscle cars ever made. for sale on eBay right now that we love.

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Bring a Trailer
BMW 3.0 CSL

The 3.0 CSL was a homologation special built by BMW based on its 3.0 CSi grand tourer. The "L" stood for lightweight, representing all the weight-saving measures BMW took to make the car as nimble as possible.

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Lancia
Lancia Stratos

The Stratos is perhaps the most recognizable vintage rally car of all time, sporting a distinctive wedge shape, a deeply curved windshield, and some period-correct pop-up headlights.

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Paul Harmer via Fox Syn
Citroën SM

"So aerodynamic, it went 140 mph with just 170 horsepower. To this day, it still looks like the future." — Jay Leno

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<p>The flat-six was bumped up to 2.7 liters from 2.0 liters for the RS, part of the reason being that the RS needed to meet motorsport homologation requirements for FIA Group 4 class racing. It made 210 bhp and had mechanical fuel injection and the famed ducktail spoiler.  The name "Carrera" came from the Carrera Panamericana Race in Mexico during the early 1950s.</p>
Porsche
Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS

The 2.7 RS was a simpler, more sporty lightweight version of the already fantastic Porsche 911 of the time. Built in extremely limited numbers, examples are now sought out by collectors everywhere.

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Peter Harholdt
Chrysler Wing Cars

Dodge Daytona / Plymouth Superbird: Mopar Street/Track siblings with absurd power and functional NASCAR aero. All-day 200-mph insanity.

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European Motors Studio GT
Maserati Bora

People often forget about classic Maseratis like the Bora, and that's a shame. It has one of the most stunning designs of the era, paired to a mid-engine V8 and a manual transmission. What's not to love? painted in red that's listed for sale right now.

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Peter Harholdt
De Tomaso Pantera

Ford V8, ZF five-speed, basically a GT40 for the middle class. Knocked as a redneck supercar, but a good one is more riot than you'll ever need. has been modified, and you can own it today.

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Matt Howell
Lamborghini Countach (LP400)

The name is an Italian expletive. The Miura was inarguably prettier, but the Countach seemed far more impossible. And impossible always wins. for sale on eBay for nearly $1.3 million.

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Greg Pajo via Fox Syndication
Pontiac Trans Am

The movie was equal parts fluff and camp, and the car was nothing special. But if you were born in America, you desperately want to jump it over a downed bridge with a young Sally Field in the right seat. is in great condition, and it's for sale right now.

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RM Auctions
Ferrari 512 BB

The Berlinetta Boxer is famous for its striking looks and unique flat-12 engine layout. Those signature five-spoke wheels paired with a set of meaty tires certainly scream '70s to us. painted in black, and it's listed for $400,000.

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A.J. Mueller
1977 Ford Bronco

Everyone loves trucks, even the guys at a sports-car magazine. And this was the hairy-chested sports car of trucks: small, ballsy, rarely left stock. Made Jeeps look girly. has low miles, and looks flawless. It's for sale right now.

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BMW
BMW M1

BMW's first and (so far) only supercar remains one of the most lovely 1970s cars around. The M1's wedge shape and mid-engine straight-six make it a true joy for anyone lucky enough to get behind the wheel.

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