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1970s Television Heroes and their Rides

1970s Television Heroes and their Rides

'63 Ford GalaxieIn the 1970s, television viewers were treated to some fun characters, like the Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, and the cast of Hawaii 5-0. The characters were bigger than life and they drove iconic cars. These are a few of the best 1970s characters and their vehicles:

Beautiful Sports Cars from the 1970s

Beautiful Sports Cars from the 1970s

74 Lamborghini Countach

1974 Lamborghini Countach – Photo Courtesy of http://www.autozine.org

When thinking of the cars from the 1970s, it is easy to think of the hits and misses. While the 1970s brought us unforgettables (that we would love to forget) like the AMC Pacer and Gremlin, the Ford Mustang II and the Pinto, as well as the Chevy Vega and Chevette, there have been true unforgettables (for all the right reasons). The majority of the unforgettables came to us from Europe in the form of exotic sports cars. Many of the best cars from the 1970s look more like artwork, especially compared to the pieces that were coming out of American factories. These are a few of the best:

Unfortunate Design Styles from the 1970s

Unfortunate Design Styles from the 1970s

1947 Chevy Woody Wagon Each decade of cars has its own special design features. It is easy to tell a car from the 1950s because of the wings and chrome. Cars from the 1960s have that unique muscle-car look. But, the cars from the 1970s have less desirable features. These are a few of the least favorite design features from the decade that brought us leisure suits, disco, and the pet rock:

1970 Pontiac GTO

1970 Pontiac GTO

'70 Pontiac GTOImagine that today is a beautiful summer morning with the birds chirping, the sun shining, and the neighborhood kids already dragging out the sprinkler. You’ve taken a moment to enjoy your morning coffee on the porch, soaking in every last drop of sun you can, and you head to the garage. This story doesn’t end with a lawnmower or even gardening tools, no, this is something better. You open the garage door and step back, taking a second to enjoy the sight of your 1970 Pontiac GTO. Upon starting the engine, you can’t help but smile when you hear it roar to life before turning it off, popping the hood, and spending the next few hours, just…tinkering. Any little bit of fine-tuning you can justify, you’ll do. After all, what’s a bright summer’s day without a good muscle car?!

El Camino: Did you know?

El Camino: Did you know?

'66 Chevy El CaminoThe Chevy El Camino is a special car that defined a special time. This car-turned-pickup filled a niche market in a way that few other vehicles could. Defined as a “coupe-utility vehicle,” the El Camino was found in the fields of California to the drag strips in the Midwest. Today the car finds comfort in the garages of the men and women who just cannot escape the 1970s and want to relive their glory days.

1973 AMC Matador

With a little Spanish flair, at least in the name, the 1973 AMC Matador had a hard time exciting the masses. In large part, these vehicles seemed to be the choice of the older generations. The new drivers of the early 1970s were simply more excited about the idea of driving a flashy new muscle car that could roar down the road and turn the heads of passersby along the way. Like many classic cars of its day, the 1973 AMC Matador was a bit boxy on the outside, though not necessarily unattractively so.

1970 Ford Mustang

Just because a car looks cool, that does not mean its performance is just as impressive. Others, though, bring the best of both worlds. The Ford Mustang often ranks on the lists of history’s most-popular muscle cars, and certainly the 1970 Ford Mustang is one of those that constantly excites classic and muscle car fans from around the world. This was a car which had probably had many engine options, giving drivers the ability to impress others on the road. Today, this model year is still a favorite at classic car shows and auctions. We’d be quite surprised if that changed anytime soon.

1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000

First introduced in 1971, the Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV was an exciting 2-door coupe which had a great European quality that set it apart from other sports cars of its day. This was a model which teenagers and car enthusiasts alike could appreciate, and indeed, many still do. To make this model stand out from other Alfa Romeo models, the front grille added an exciting element to the car. Horizontal chrome bars gleamed on the grille, and the Alfa heart outline was displayed prominently in the middle. This grille would eventually become standard on the other models as well, but its appearance on the 2000 GTV made the model even more unique from other Alfa Romeo models. Below is a more comprehensive overview of other features in the 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV.

1970 Mercury Cyclone

Largely based on the Ford Torino, the Mercury Cyclone was the “sportier” model in the Montego line-up. The most noticeable difference between the Cyclone and the Torino was the lack of a fastback roofline. Another radical difference in the Mercury Cyclone was the “W” shaped nose to the car with the crosshair emblem. Even though a convertible was offered for the same year as the Ford Torino, the Cyclone never saw a soft top. In 1970 the Cyclone came in three different trims; the Cyclone, the Cyclone GT, and the Spoiler GT.

1970 Olds 442

As a member of the muscle car category, the Olds 442 proved its worth the hard way: Originally, the Olds 442 was an optional package for the F-85 and Cutlass models, beginning in 1964. After the Pontiac division of General Motors experienced an unexpected success with the release of the The Tempest GTO the same year, Oldsmobile quickly compiled the package to keep buyers interested. The 442 did not become an actual car model independent of others until 1968.