Swide looks at the most iconic and beautiful cars of the 1970’s.
Top most beautiful
cars of the 70’s
1971 Buick Riviera
The third generation Buick River gaot a design overhaul borrowing heavily for the 30’s –arching fenders, tapered rear section and wide stance helped redefine the American car market. It became an icon of American auto design and even today it just looks American through and through. A big-ass fuel guzzler that is just made for the open road the car appears in so many 70’s cop shows, it will be forever synonymous with renegade detective sargeants called to the scene of a homicide in small hours.
1973 Jaguar XJ Series II
Known as much for its poor build quality as its elegant curves, the Jaguar Jaguar XJ Series II is a stately gentleman, loved by all, despite his indescretionary foibles. This is the kind of car that had a telephone in the 70’s, you know the ones, with the spiralled chord and big receiver that could only dial one number. And a mini bar.
1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
AT launch it was the fastest sports car in producton in the world. Its radical angular design made it a truly exotic animal indeed. Popular in America where it really looked out of place, it spawned twenty years of boxy angular sports car madness.
1970 Datsun 240z
A scion of Nissan, the marque was discontinued in the 80’s leaving a legion of devoted Datsunites with nowhere to turn. The Datsun 240z was sporty and above all affordable making it a huge success in the US. Whatever about its specs and reliabilty it was uncommonly beautiful and real collectors item today.
1976 Porsche 911 Turbo
The real precurser to one of the most enduring and effortlessly beautiful auto design legacies in the world. With large rear tires a rear spoiler known as a ‘whale tail’, was known for its exhilerating acceleration as well as its challenging handling. ‘Fun fun fun on the autobahn.’
1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400
The car was so wide, so flat, so angular that normal doors were virtually impossible hence the iconic scissor doors. It became an instant design classic to everyone except car designers, but its outrageousness soon won even them over. Many have imitated none can compare.
1976 Lotus Esprit
Made famous as the car that converts to the submarine in 007 ‘The Spy who Loved Me’, super futuristic for it’s time, however distinctly lacking power. One of the few cars that looks equally good an any colour.
1970 Citroën SM
A very Modernist car, it was very aerodynamic for its time. It promised an optimistic view of the future were technology and design combined to create a better life for everyone. Of course being a Citroën, it was the perfect place to sit and ponder existaentialism, while smoking Gitans and drinking black coffee from a bowl.
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
Made famous for its starring role in the existentialist 1971 film ‘Vanishing Point’ it was originally built as a rival to the Ford Mustang, both have endured but the Dodge Challenger is definitely the subversive cult figure to the Mustangs populist one.
1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
The SV (Spinto Veloce) was built to special order so there are very few of them today. It was Lamborghini’s first forray into super car territory and away from the fast but comfortable Gran Tourismo range, this is the great great grandfather of the Aventador.
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