Can You ID These Chevy Cars From the '70s?

By: Bambi Turner
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Can you tell the difference between a Camaro and Corvette, or an Impala and a Vega? Know what distinguishes a Chevy C-line pickup from one with a K-designation? Take our quiz to see how many of these '70s Chevy models you can recognize!

Chevrolet was founded in Detroit was back in 1911. By the end of the 1920s, it was the best-selling car brand in the United States, even beating out the iconic Model T from Ford. Throughout the next few decades, the company reigned supreme as one of the most successful car companies on the planet.

Then came the '70s, when the entire American auto industry was shaken by recession, oil embargoes and ever-increasing safety and emissions regulations. All of these challenges meant a new way of business for Chevy, forcing the company to meet new standards to satisfy the government, appeal to buyers and compete with stiff competition from foreign car companies.

Despite these challenges, Chevy found plenty of success during the decade, selling plenty of classic models like the Corvette and Camaro, as well as introducing new models to meet changing demands. 

Think you can recognize these '70s Chevy models? Prove it with this quiz!

Is it a pickup? Is it a car? Nope, it's the El Camino. Produced between 1959 and 1960 and again from 1964 to 1987, this coupe utility was brought out to compete against Ford's successful Ranchero. The fourth generation El Camino, released in 1973, was the largest version of this model to date.

Chevy produced the iconic Camaro sports car from 1966 to 2002, then briefly discontinued the model before bringing it back in 2009. This Mustang competitor was in its second generation in the '70s, and featured a longer, lower and wider design with a cut-out convertible option.

The Chevy II Nova was a compact coupe and sedan available from 1969 to 1979. At the end of the '70s, it was dropped in favor of the Chevy Citation.

Greenbrier was a name Chevy used on certain versions of the Chevelle 300 Deluxe between 1969 and 1972. The Greenbrier package was a mid-range option, of better quality than the low-end Nomad, but not quite as upscale as the Chevelle Malibu.

Chevy produced the K5 Blazer between 1969 and 1995. The early '70s version of this SUV had a removable hardtop, but later models came with a removable half-cab to reduce issues with leaking. The GMC version of the K5 was known as the Jimmy and came out in 1970.

Chevy sold the compact Monza between 1975 and 1981. This two-door coupe had a small back seat and could seat four passengers. From 1976 on, the car was available with a popular Spyder upgrade option.

The subcompact Vega was on Chevy lots from 1970 to 1977. Despite being named Motor Trend's Car of the Year in 1971, it suffered from a poor reputation over the years thanks to issues with reliability.

Chevy produced the classic C/K line of pickups from 1960 all the way through 1999, when the line was replaced by the Chevy Silverado. In the '80s, the K-10 was a half-ton four-wheel-drive ride with an option for either a short or a long bed.

The third generation of the Chevyvan received a major redesign in 1971. The engine was moved up in front of the driving, and the new configuration got both a three and four-door configuration. The redesign came in response to a major overhaul by Ford of its Econoline van in 1968.

Is it an SUV or a camper? Turns out, the Chevy Blazer Chalet was both. Sold in 1976 and 1977, the SUV came with a kitchen, table and bed. The company sold more than 1,800 units over the two-year period.

Produced between 1969 and 1972, the Kingswood was a classic four-door station wagon based on the Chevy Impala. All Kingswoods came equipped with a V8 engine. This wagon slotted in between the low-end Townsman and the more highly appointed Kingswood Estate.

The C-10 was a long-running Chevy pickup truck model available from 1960 to 1999, when it was replaced by the Silverado. The C-designation means it was a two-wheel drive, while the 10 was used for half-ton trucks in the '70s.

Chevy produced the mid-size Malibu from 1964 to 1983, and brought it back again in 1997. This name was first used on a Chevelle trim option before it was introduced as an independent model in 1978 -- with wagon, sedan and coupe options available.

Chevy produced the Chevette subcompact between 1976 and 1987. This hatchback was one of the top-selling small cars in the U.S. at the end of the '70s, and Chevy sold more than 3 million in a little over a decade.

Manufactured between 1969 and 1972, the Chevy Townsman was a station wagon designed to hold up to nine passengers. It's probably best remembered today for its clamshell-style disappearing tailgate.

Chevy has been making the Corvette since 1953. Introduced in 1968 and produced through the '70s, the third-generation Corvette was the first to offer a T-top with removable panels.

The '70s were a popular time for special edition vehicles, and Chevy was happy to add to this trend with its Chevy Sport pickup. Produced between 1976 and 1981, the Sport came with rally wheels, a custom front bumper and cool pinstripes.

Chevy has been making Impalas on and off since 1958. The sixth generation produced between 1977 and 1985 was greatly downsized compared to previous models, and was the final Impala design on the market until a 1994 relaunch.

Vandura was GM's version of the Chevyvan. Introduced in 1971, it was available in cargo, rally and camper wagon styles.

The full-size suburban has been in production since the '30s. Chevy produced the seventh generation of this SUV -- the longest version in history at that point -- throughout the '80s.

Starting in 1975, Impala buyers could add the Landau option when placing their new car order. The Landau package featured an elk-grained vinyl roof, custom color and striping options and remote-controlled mirrors.

The Biscayne is a full-sized sedan produced by Chevy between 1958 and 1972. The fourth generation came out at the start of the '70s, and featured an improved transmission and a clamshell tailgate design.

The Chevy LUV -- that's light utility vehicle -- was available to U.S. buyers between 1972 and 1980. A rebadged version of the Isuzu Faster compact pickup, it was available with both four-wheel drive and a double-cab option.

The Hi-Cube was part of the third generation of Chevy's classic Chevy van line. Available as a standard cutaway cube, it was popular with those looking to perform their own conversion project.

Chevy produced the Chevelle Laguna between 1973 and 1976. This top-end Chevy model is easy to recognize thanks to its integrated bumper, which wasn't found on other Chevelles.

The Big 10 was a 1971 version of the Cheyenne two-ton pickup. In 2018, some custom auto makers were outfitting Silverado trucks with the retro Big 10 trim and two-tone paint jobs.

The Berlinetta was a style of sports coupe made popular in the '50s by Ferrari and other luxury car brands. Chevy produced their own version, the Camaro Berlinetta, between 1976 and 1986.

The U.S. was all about celebrating America's Bicentennial in the '70s. In 1974, Chevy introduced the Spirit of America Impala to mark the occasion. This special edition came in either white or dark blue with a red or blue dash and bright white seats.

The Aerovette was a 1976 Chevy concept car that never made it to production. With a V8, gullwing doors and a racing-style interior, there's no question this car was meant to appeal to speed fans.

The Chevy CST, or Custom Sports Truck, was the top of the line for the 10-series. These half-ton pickups came with plenty of options and Turbo Hydra-Matic 3-speed auto transmission for better performance.

When you've been making something as cool as the Corvette for a quarter century, it's only fair to celebrate. Chevy introduced the 25th Anniversary Edition Corvette in 1978, complete with a two-tone silver finish and a special badge emblem.

Chevy made around 500 special edition Spirit of '76 pickups to celebrate the Bicentennial. This custom truck featured a white and blue paint job with some incredibly stylin' red, white and blue striped bench seats.

The C-30 one-ton dually was one of the heavier-duty pickups built by Chevy in the '70s. With dual wheels on either side of the rear axle, this truck was designed to safely haul heavier loads than the standard C-line truck.

Chevy produced the full-size Bel Air between 1950 and 1981. The seventh generation of this sedan, coupe and wagon came out in 1971, and offered fancier trim options than the less-expensive Biscayne.

The Chevy Surveyor was a Class B motorhome that came out in 1975. Essentially an upgraded Chevy van, the Surveyor had a bathroom, kitchen and room for four people to sleep.

This just might be the most '70s car in this quiz. The 1972 Chevy Blazer Feathers was a special edition of the Blazer equipped with a truly epic paint job. That same year, buyers could also buy models like the Flame El Camino or the Eagle pickup.

The Rally Sport, or RS, option was available on the Camaro starting in 1967. It came with a fancy grille and a refined nose and bumper compared to a standard Camaro.

The '70s brought plenty to celebrate, including the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. In true Chevy fashion, the company came out with a special Olympic Edition pickup to celebrate the games.

An outfit known as Hurst Performance Inc. souped up three Camaro Z28 units in 1970. The addition of a yellow and black paint job and a sliding fabric sunroof led to the very limited edition Hurst Sunshine Special.

Mighty Mike was a special edition option available on Chevy LUV pickups starting in 1977. It featured racing style decals, stripes on the hood, and came in some special color combinations.

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