The 1960s changed the way we viewed cars forever, and they were all about power and style. By the time the 1970’s rolled around, style took over almost entirely. Unfortunately, as we know, some styles of the 1970’s wasn’t exactly what we’d enjoy today (the word ‘tacky’ comes to mind), but are so stereotypical of the decade itself, that the cars have become well-known classics that have lasted the test of time. Put on your disco platforms and let’s take a trip back to the 1970’s to look at some of the most iconic cars of the time.
Perhaps the quintessential 1970’s car, the Firebird was introduced as we know it in 1971 and made popular by Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit. While we might consider the style of the Firebird a bit ‘loud’ today (especially models with a bird painted directly on the hood), it is truly an iconic car that is unmistakeable by nearly anyone who sees it.
The Countach is another extremely recognizable car, even today. Though, not everything is always recognized for its best features. It was meant to be a futuristic-looking car, and perhaps people of the 1970’s just weren’t ready to step into a future full of sharp edges and unrealistic tail fins yet. Whatever the reason the Countach didn’t have a huge sales record, it still remains an icon piece of 1970’s history and was featured in Leonardo DiCaprio’s film, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, recently.
Before you start making jokes about this car exploding into flames if someone so much as tapped it, the Pinto did get a bad reputation at the time. Realistically, it was just as safe as any other car of the 1970’s, and many other makes had similar issues. The problem, unfortunately, was that Ford chose not to fix the problems on the Pinto, and once word got out about the dangerous fires the car experienced, its success simply didn’t last. Still, whether as a running joke or an unforgettable design, the Pinto remains a classic.
Luckily, Lamborghini didn’t strike out completely in the 1970’s, thanks to the Miura, which increased in fame as it became the choice vehicle for the Rat Pack, and although it was originally designed in the late 1960’s, it didn’t become popular until the whimsy of the 1970’s accepted and encouraged it. What most people immediately think of when it comes to the Miura, however, is the opening scene of The Italian Job, which marries a classic movie and an iconic car in a completely unforgettable way.
What are your Iconic Cars from the 70s? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂