Fuel prices were up and horsepower was down, and let’s not talk about disco. The horsepower wars of the 1960s dribbled over ever so slightly, but to many enthusiasts, the 1970s represent a veritable dark era. There were good cars to be had though, and we want to know your favorite.
It was a horsepower hangover as the rating system changed and the once ground-pounding big-blocks became shells of their former selves, sporting the same cubic inches but lower compression ratios and fractions of their former horsepower ratings. There was even the threat that convertibles would be no more. The 1976 Cadillac Eldorado was the “last” American convertible—until 1984 when the body style returned and buyers who hoped their purchase was an instant classic sued.
European cars of the era didn’t seem to suffer as harsh a re-adjustment during the time, and the looks of many overseas cars of the ‘70s became something to aspire to. So let’s hear it, what car, truck, or SUV from the 1970s would you grab the keys to?