Unfortunate Design Styles from the 1970s
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:
1. Opera Windows: Windows are usually good things, unless they do not open. Cars like the Chevy Monte Carlo, AMC Mataor, and Lincoln Town Car had opera windows, which were stylized backseat windows that did not open. They were supposed to reduce blind spot problems in these two-door luxury cars, but they really just made back seat passengers feel a bit claustrophobic.
2. Opera Lights: Many cars from the 1970s also had opera lights placed along side the opera windows. These were completely unnecessary and difficult to replace if the light bulbs stopped working. These were supposed to give cars the upgraded style of a limo, but the two doors and the opera lights did not quite cut it. Your Chevy Monte Carlo probably only had the windows, but your Lincoln Town Car had both.
3. Fender Vents: If you wanted your 1970s car to look like a fish, then you probably liked the fender vents that appeared on cars like the Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue. If you
4. Faux Wood: Did your mom drive a station wagon in the 1970s? Did it have wood paneling? You aren’t alone, from Ford Pintos, Dodge Colts, and Ford Country Squires, families all over the US rode in cars covered in fake wood paneling. Back in the 1940s, when real wood was put on cars, it was very stylish; but in the 1970s, wood paneling was not made from wood at all. The worst 1970s paneling peeled off when it spent too much time in the sun.have a sports car that needs the extra air input, the vents are great; but, they do not add any performance value to a 1970s Buick Electra.
5. Fake Convertibles/Landau Tops: Along with fake wood paneling, the landau top had no purpose at all. The vinyl tops were added to cars like Lincoln Town Cars and Ford Mustangs because people thought it made their cars look like convertibles or old-fashioned buggies. Unfortunately, like the faux wood paneling, landau tops also peeled and puckered in extreme weather conditions. Despite their lack of purpose, they were rather expensive to replace, so fortunately, automakers stopped adding them.