1970's Classic Cars

The 1970's was another decade that saw many classic cars produced that are still in demand and available today. Owners of classic cars spend many hours lovingly restoring and keeping their cars up to scratch plus are willing to spend hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds on their upkeep. If you are thinking of buying a classic car and the seventies was your era why not take a look at the cars we feature on our list of classic 70's cars that are still available today.

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

It would certainly fulfill the dreams of many classic car enthusiasts were they able to afford to buy a Rolls Royce. The Silver Shadow version was produced between 1965 and 1980 with well restored examples of this splendid vehicle available still now. It may not be the cheapest car to buy but in comparison to the cost of buying a brand new Roller it is well affordable.

The earliest editions of the Silver Shadow were priced at a lowly £6,557.00 which sounds inexpensive but as we are talking 1960's here comparably it was. The Silver Shadow was a slightly smaller model of the previous car in the series but amazingly offered more seating room and luggage space.

Other changes included new disc brakes plus an independent rear suspension. By 1977 the Silver Shadow II was commissioned and featured alloy and rubber bumpers plus rack and pinion steering, while the interior of these vehicles simply oozed luxury with their fabulous leather upholstery and walnut dashboards. 1970's models still in circulation today can fetch a price of around £25,000 when in good condition, therefore if you would like to purchase this model it certainly is an investment.

Ford Cortina

The Ford Cortina was the best selling car of the early 1970's and was a fabulous family saloon that radiated class. Made at the Ford Dagenham Plant the Mark III Cortina had a more substantial body which was a nod to the move towards greater car safety in terms of build.

The GT and GXL versions featured four headlights, while the GXL also had side rubber strips, brushed aluminium boot cover and a vinyl roof. Unfortunately the Mark III Cortina tended to rust easily meaning there are only now around three thousand of these cars still around. Naturally collectors and enthusiasts will have to be prepared to pay the price when it comes to owning an original model.

Next in 1976 came the Mark IV which was an improved and updated version of its predecessor and gained popularity due to its use in the James Bond Film The Spy Who Loved Me. This model had a new body and much larger windows offering greater all round views. The Ford Cortina was also a very popular rally car that took part in and was very successful in a number of races.

Ford Capri

The Ford Capri epitomised the seventies era with its spectacular styling and reliable mechanics beating many of its rivals in the popularity stakes. This car was really something to look at with its sporty design, while a fastback coupe that was affordable was always going to be a success and this car certainly was!

The Capri was built with a range of engine sizes to suit all buyers, while the Capri Vista which was built in 1971 was only available in bright orange, had a rear boot mounted spoiler and had rear slatted windows. This model also featured a radio, inertia seatbelts, heated rear screen, vinyl roof and fabric upholstery on the seats.

1973 saw the Capri's highest sales with the Capri II and the Capri Mk II following in 1974. 1975 saw the production of the John Player Special Limited Edition which was only available in either black or white, while the gold striping along the sides highlighted what was to become a classic edition. Worldwide this classic car is still very much in demand.

MG Midget

MG Midget

This small two seater roadster sports car was manufactured from 1961 to 1979 with the classic MG Midget 1500 produced in 1976. Large black plastic bumpers were added to this model along with an anti roll bar to compensate for the increased ride height.

This fabulous little model could go from 0 to 60 in less than 12 seconds plus had a top speed of over 100 miles per hour, while its rear wheel arches became square increasing body strength. The MG Midget was produced with plush leather upholstery that was extremely comfortable and stylish, while the car came in a range of colours including even very bright orange!

The MG Midget was maufactured by The British Motor Corporation with many collectors considering the 1972 and 1973 models the most desirable due to their round arches and chrome bumpers.

Hillman Imp

This much maligned classic 60/70's car has recently come back into favour, with its history, which was one of abject failure, being looked over and reconsidered. The problem with the Imp was the fact that it was rushed into production as it was to be the main contender in the battle with the Mini.

In its early years The Imp did have a few failures that by the 1970's had all but been rectified making the later versions of this car much more desirable. The design of the Imp was stylish, it was a four seater, looking like a mini version of a Corvette, while the engine was placed in the boot just like the engine of the VW Beetle.

We would like to champion this car as maybe one not to be so readily overlooked. The car has a rear screen that opens, folding rear seats plus a stylish instrument panel typical of the era, handles really well and does forty miles to the gallon. Imps are also still available to buy today so don't dismiss this little number out of hand but take a look you may be pleasantly surprised and if not its a great trip down memory lane anyway.