How Many '70s Cars Can You Identify?

By: Robin Tyler
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Ah, the 1970s.

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 point A to point B, others were still looking for the ultimate ride.

And so, the 1970s gave us an incredible assortment of cars, not only from American car makers, including the Big Three, but from abroad as well. Japanese cars started to make an impact in the United States and as they did 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. But regular, everyday models and sports cars, particularly of European origin, remained particularly popular.

In this quiz, your knowledge of cars from the 1970s needs to be top notch! Just take your time. You can do it!

Good luck!

Throughout its history, Chevrolet has produced some incredible models, including the Corvette Mk1, Corvette Stingray, Impala and a number of muscle cars in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Camaro. The El Camino was produced by the company between 1964 and 1987. It was available in a number of body options including as a utility vehicle and a coupe. The fourth generation, produced from 1973 to 1977 saw the largest El Caminos ever made in terms of size.

The first 4x4 Bronco hit the trails in 1966 and between that year and 1977, proved to be a more than capable off-roader. Blessed with a turning circle of just 33.8 feet, thanks to a wheel base of 92 inches, later models also included a Ford V8 engine with incredible torque.

The Golden Eagle trim package was available for both the Jeep CJ-5 and CJ-7. It was introduced in 1977 and featured a one color option initially, thrush brown. More colors were added from 1978. Golden Eagle Jeeps also included a large eagle decal on the hood, a Levi's soft top cover,​ and large spoked wheels.

Only 351 2000 GTs 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.

Another typical '70s-styled 2-door coupe, the Mark IV was produced between 1972 and 1976. More than 250,000 units of the Mark IV were sold during its five-year production run.

Produced for a decade between 1970 and 1980, the Pinto was a Ford model in the subcompact car segment, their first model in this segment in America. It had three body styles - a two-door coupe, station wagon and three-door hatchback. The Pinto was popular with Ford producing 3 million by 1980 when it was replaced by the Ford Escort.

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.

The iconic BMW 5 series was introduced in 1972. Larger than the 3 series, this was the first model to use the number naming convention employed by BMW to this day.

Produced by the American Motors Corporation between 1968 and 1970, the AMX was a GT-style sports car. It featured a 2-door coupe-styled body and had six different engine options, all V8s of varying size. AMX's came with either a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission.

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 3-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.

A stalwart of the Chevrolet pickup fleet in the 1970s, the C30 is considered to be the first of the modern pickup trucks. It was also the first Chevrolet with the crew cab option, meaning the truck could easily seat six people.

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 either by a 5.0-liter or 6.6-liter V8, that are considered to be muscle cars.

The Dodge Adventurer was a version of the Dodge D-Series pickup and was marketed by Dodge from 1968 to 1971. By 1970, there were three Adventurer models for customers to choose from - the base model, the Sport, and the SE.

Available in Japan only, 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. Interestingly, thanks to its front engined, rear-wheel drive layout, the Chaser became a popular car to use in drifting.

Marketed in the compact car segment, the Leone was manufactured between 1971 and 1994. During this time, three generations were produced. 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 range of body options, including station wagons, hatchback, coupe, and sedans.

The Jeep Honcho was a Gladiator pickup with the Honcho trim package applied to it. This was made available to customers between 1976 and 1983. It included a roll bar, Levi's interior, and special decals.

The GTX was another performance model made by Plymouth and marketed more at the mature buyer. It was built between 1967 and 1971.

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 was available as a three-door van or two- or four-door hatchback. It was powered by a 356cc engine.

An Australia-only model, the Charger, a two-door muscle car, was produced between 1971 and 1978. Eight different model types were marketed during those seven years.

The Cortina was a product of Ford Britain and found throughout Europe between 1962 and 1982. It was extremely popular and the top seller in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, particularly the third generation, produced from 1970 to 1976.

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! as AMC's slogan for the car, they were certainly trying to buy into the younger market. The Rebel was very popular in the early '70s.

The first generation of BMW's famed 3 series was released in 1975 and remained in production until 1983. More than 1.3 million were built and included a convertible model designed with the help of Baur Coachbuilders.

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 Grand Sport 455 is considered by many experts to be one of the greatest muscle cars ever built. This car was powered by a 7.6-liter engine capable of producing 350 brake horsepower.

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.

With more than 30 years of production, the 80 was a stalwart of the Audi fleet. In that time, Audi produced five generations. The second generation, produced from 1972 to 1978, came as a two- or four-door sedan or five-door wagon. More than 1 million were built.

This model has been produced by Honda since 1977. The Acty is available as a two-door microtruck or five-door minivan.

A mid-sized car model produced by Ford from 1968 to 1976, the Torino's most popular layouts included the two-door sedan. Ford also produced a few Torino models with higher performance specs. Most were powered by a 7-liter 'Cobra Jet' engine and were considered to be muscle cars in the 1970s.

This full-sized station wagon was produced by Chevrolet over two periods - first from 1958 to 1961 and again from 1969 to 1972. The top-of-the-range models in 1972 was powered by a 7.4-liter V8 engine.

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 first generation, produced until 1981, gave Suzuki its first taste of global success on the vehicle front.

A range of cars produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the 140 series were available as two-door and four-door sedans as well as a five-door station wagon. They were either powered by a 1.8 or 2.0-liter engine.

The first-ever mid-engined Ferrari, the 512 was introduced in 1971.

Produced from 1968 to 1971, this muscle car was based on the two-door Coronet.

Built between 1966 and 1970, the S800 sports car featured as either a two-door roadster or coupe. More than 11,000 were produced.

With sales of 2.8 million over a 12-year period, the Chevette served Chevrolet well in the subcompact class. In fact, in 1979 and 1980, it was the best selling small car in the United States.

The Granada was marketed as a mid-sized car in the United States between 1975 and 1982. It came in many guises, including a two- and four-door sedan, station wagon, and a two-door coupe. The Grenada was also sold in Europe.

Built between 1971 and 1972, the FF1 G was a subcompact vehicle available in a number of body styles, including two-door coupe, four-door sedan or five-door wagon.

Produced between 1973 and 1975, the Apollo from Buick was availabe as a two-door coupe and hatchback and a four-door sedan. The most powerful engine option available to the Apollo was a 350 cubic inch 5.7-liter V8.

Introduced by BMW in 1975, the 3 series was an immediate winner for the German car maker.

A two-door coupe, the Lincoln Mark IV was in production for four years, from 1972 to 1976. It proved to be fairly popular.

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