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The Most Iconic Cars of The 70s
The 1970s was a decade when the American automotive industry didn't really have a lot of lustrous moments, partly due to the new, stricter safety regulations imposed by the Government, as well as the rising fuel prices. That's why the largest American car makers had to make a lot of changes to their designs, and try to create more compact cars that were more fuel efficient. But, not too many small cars were being produced, and large sedans and muscle cars remained the preferred choice for most Americans when it came to cars. However, there were still some pretty good and cool cars that gained huge popularity and are still considered as some of the best cars that have been made in America.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
This is a mid-sized car, and one of Chevrolet's first muscle cars. It was available as a sports coupe, a convertible, and a four-door sedan. It owed it popularity mostly to the powerful big-block V8 engine, providing 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, able to go from 0-60 mph in just 6 seconds. The exterior featured a wavy front fender, and two v-shaped grilles positioned horizontally one on top of the other. Also, the dual headlights were a big change regarding the previous Chevelle models.
Nissan Datsun 240z
This Datsun was considered, and still is, as one of the most beautiful cars that were made in the 1970s. It was a 3-door hatchback, that came with a 2.4-liter, inline-6 engine, and a 3-speed automatic transmission. It produced 151 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. It's a pretty good sports car, that provided excellent performances, but at a fairly affordable price. The fully-independent suspension system was what made it so special, which helped it gain a reputation as a very decent racecar.
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
This is surely one of the most famous muscle cars ever made. It has a very cool exterior design, available as a convertible and in a hardtop body style. It came with a V8 engine, providing 425 horsepower, and it's one of the rarest cars in the world, with only 100 units ever made, and some of them being auctioned off for as much as 2-3 million dollars.
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