Dodge Challenger – 1970


If you’ve got a good name, flaunt it — that was clearly Dodge’s thinking regarding the Challenger tag, which has featured on three distinct generations of car. The first two appeared in the 1970s and early 1980s, and the name returned with a bang in 2008. Granted the fact that all three incarnations were completely … [Read more…]

Ford Escort Mexico – 1970


One of the clever evolutions of the Ford Escort Mk 1 was the Mexico road car. The works team’s Ford Escort RS1600s won the Daily Mirror World Cup Rally and also finished third, fifth and sixth. The winning car was driven by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm who conquered a gruelling 16,000 mi (25,750 km) … [Read more…]

Ford Torino GT Convertible – 1970


One of the hardest tasks in American life during the 20th century must have been choosing a new car – especially a Ford. American manufacturers in general and Ford in particular delighted in being cavalier with the use of model names and loved offering endless permutations that must have left potential buyers with spinning heads. … [Read more…]

Honda Civic – 1972


The Honda Civic name has been around for a long time, with the badge adorning a basic sub-compact car from the early 1970s until the mid-1990s and thereafter a more luxurious compact. The first generation Civic was launched in 1972 and lasted until 1979, with a redesigned second generation model carrying the evolutionary series forward … [Read more…]

Jaguar XJ-S Mk I – 1975


Replacing a 20th-century icon when the E-Type was finally discontinued was always going to be a thankless task — and so it proved. Jaguar’s replacement for its phenomenal sports car was a very different animal — the XJ-S Mk I. This 2+2 coupe was based on the XJ Saloon and was more of a luxurious … [Read more…]

Lamborghini Countach – 1974


The words ‘instant’ and ‘legend’ can but rarely be combined when it comes to describing a new car’s impact, but are truly justified in the case of the Lambo Countach’s arrival in the world of exotic automobiles. Perhaps the reason was a persistent rumour that this was the fastest production car ever, or maybe it … [Read more…]

Lancia Stratos HF – 1972


The Lancia Stratos HF (HF = High Fidelity) was developed for the purpose of rallying, and very successful this extraordinary machine proved to be. Lancia had enjoyed great success on the rally circuit during the 1960s, but the Fulvia coupe was starting to struggle and a new contender was required. Happily, the recent takeover of … [Read more…]

Marcos Mantis M70 – 1970


From its inception in 1959, Marcos had been associated with the race track rather than the road. The company’s founders, engineers Jem Marsh and Frank Costin made a name for themselves among the racing fraternity by building cars that, although not always beautiful, performed outstandingly well.

Maserati Khamsin – 1974


At last, even if not by intention, a woman’s supercar — a high-powered car that didn’t need the strength of Hercules to handle it. It can take real brawn to operate the hefty clutch in a high-performance car because the pressure needed increases directly in relation to torque; but, thanks to Citroen hydraulics, the Khamsin’s … [Read more…]

Mercedes-Benz R107 SLC – 1972


The official Mercedes codename for its 1970s Sports Leicht was `R107′ but in the trade it was nicknamed the Panzerwagen because, although somewhat lighter than a tank, it weighed around 1,550 kg (3,400 lbs) — 140 kg (300 lbs) more than the 1960s Pagoda 230SL. It was only marginally lower, longer and wider than the … [Read more…]