If a sedan was too small, a big station wagon too expensive, and a van too uncomfortable, you could take a vintage VW Bus! Take a look at the old Volkswagen van that was popular during the 1960s and 1970s.
Classic cars & old trucks
The 1970s Dodge Colt was a budget-friendly subcompact car. While affordable to buy, just as important was how the Colt was fuel-efficient – a major selling point for vehicles during the decade’s infamous oil crisis.
Now best known for their iconic appearance in the Back to the Future movies, DeLorean cars had an unusual origin story – and ended in a spectacular flameout.
Built by Chrysler’s Plymouth division, the Horizon was a subcompact car available in both a 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan models. It was a fraternal twin to the Dodge Omni.
Classic Ford Torinos were produced between 1968 and 1976. Marketed as a mid-size car that was both sporty and family-friendly, it came in several body styles, including a 2-door hardtop, a 4-door sedan, and a 5-door station wagon.
The boxy little Dodge Omni was a subcompact 5-door hatchback Chrysler made from 1978 to 1990. See what they looked like here, plus find out all their big selling points.
In the 1970s, you could get the budget Ford Torino Wagon, the popular Gran Torino station wagon, and the top-of-the-line classic Ford Gran Torino Squire with woodlike trim.
Love those old Caddys? Take a look back at some classic 1970s Cadillac cars, including the Sedan deVille, Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham, Eldorado Coupe, Eldorado Convertible, Seville and more!
These old-school Ford Ranchero pickup trucks weren’t styled like all the other pickups, because they were meant to combine passenger-car comfort with driving ease.
The first of the 1970s Ford Mavericks was introduced as tough, reliable compact car available in 2-door or 4-door family sedans. Simple to operate. Simple to service. By 1976, more than 1.6 million had been built.
The classic 1970s Ford Galaxie 500s were big cars by today’s standards, but not huge for the time. In their vintage ads, Ford played up the value of the cars, and highlighted their quality features and extras.
They weren’t all that safe (most proved to fail crash tests), but these retro baby car seats from the 1960s, 70s and 80s were among the first on the market with child passenger safety in mind.
These Ford Elite cars from the 1970s were based on the Torino, but meant to be a less-expensive alternative to the Thunderbird. The short-lived nameplate only lasted three model years – 1974, 1975 and 1976.
In 1975, Chrysler released the Cordoba – and sales were helped along by TV ads featuring the great Ricardo Montalban and his famous mention of the car’s soft Corinthian leather.
The Plymouth Arrow was a compact car sold between 1976 and 1980 that was actually a re-branded version of the Mitsubishi Celeste. Here’s a look back at some of these small economy cars from the 70s!
See the ’77 Ford cars: New action-stripe Pintos, sassy sweet-handling Mustang IIs, tricked up trucks and fancy vans. Thunderbirds and LTD IIs in new spring colors. Even a sportier Granada.
Vintage bumper stickers have been a common sight for decades, and were more than just a decoration on the back of a car or truck – they were there to make a statement. Here’s a look back at a few!
The classic 1970s Dodge Challengers were introduced with the 1970 model, and the new sports compact created quite a stir. The first models offered a choice of 9 engines, in two-door hardtops, formal roof hardtops, and convertibles.
The Chevy Chevette was a subcompact car introduced with the 1976 model year, and was created to compete against other small cars like the Ford Pinto and the AMC Gremlin.
Right from the start, the AMC Gremlin’s unique styling and sporty individuality appealed to a specific range of drivers. Take a look back to the ’70s, and find out what these cars were all about.
Check out the classic 1970s Buick Regals. Outwardly, the shape is clean. Uncluttered. Inside, it’s pure magic. In the way it looks. In the way it feels. All in all, a dream car.
Take a look back at some Pontiac Bonneville automobiles, and see how they changed from the fifties to the end of the 20th century.
These old ads make it clear that these vintage 1970s Winnebago motor homes – both big and small – were more than just a mode of transport. They could be your home away from home – or your home instead of a house.
Chevy’s second-generation Camaro cars debuted in early 1970 – restyled and upsized compared to the 1960s model. Here, take a look back at the features and styles of the classic 1970s Chevrolet Camaros.
In the ’70s, there were millions of people using Vintage CB radios – having a world of conversations and learning about the important reasons to keep citizens’ band radio active.
Take a look back at these 1970s Chevrolet Caprice Classic cars, which came in both coupe and sedan models, and with new body styles that reflected driver preferences – and that offered better mileage.
There were so many vintage Chevrolet station wagons back in the ’70s, including the Bel Air, Blazer, Caprice Estate , Chevelle Laguna, Chevelle Malibu Classic Estate, Impala, Suburban, Vega Kammback and more!
AMC Pacer Wagons from the ’70s aimed to give owners passenger room and comfort in a small car – along with fancy features like reclining front seats, an electric clock, and more.
The year 1977 was quite the momentous one for the Indianapolis 500 – in part because driver Janet Guthrie became the first woman to qualify for the great race. Find out more about her here.
Check out the classic Ford Pinto, a coupe hatchback auto that was super popular, that Ford said proved a small economy car didn’t have to be ugly. (They didn’t have to explode, either, and we cover that, too.)
There’s a Firebird for every purpose. Except standing still. (1978) Esprit offers luxury that doesn’t get in the way of sport. Individually-cushioned buckets of supple
From 1971: An ultra-high-performance sports coupe that stands a little higher than the average man’s belt buckle, it seats two (and only two) and it’s priced in the neighborhood of $10,000.
Check out these awesome Ford pickups from the ’70s that came in colors like green, orange, brown and red – plus two-tone.
In 1977, alhough Tom Sneva’s four-lap average was just under 199mph, his first two laps were over the ‘magic’ 200mph mark – and the first official laps of over 200mph recorded at the speedway.
The year 1977 was quite the momentous one for the Indianapolis 500, as AJ Foyt would go on to become the first four-time winner in race history.
Check out these Classic Chrysler Newport cars – American-made automobiles that were popular with drivers back in the sixties and seventies!
Look back at more than 200 vintage license plates issued through the 20th century – including ones for every American state & territory – plus some special plates, too.
Vintage Jeep Cherokees took up where Jeep CJ-5 left off. Youthful and sporty, with the extra room that lets you pack along what you used to leave behind.
Look back at some classic Oldsmobile luxury sedans from ’77, ’78 & ’78: Cutlass Supreme, 98 Regency, Delta 88 and Omega Brougham.
What makes Mustang different is the way it looks, handles, and makes you feel For eight years now, the Ford Mustang has been the top-selling
Look back at the classic ’70s Chevy Nova compact cars from the seventies, which came in 2-, 3- and 4-door models.
Ford offers you a choice: ’77 Ford LTD: The full-size car that kept its size. This year, some carmakers are making their full-size cars smaller. But
The ’78 Ford Fairmont was billed as a new car combining fuel efficiency, space efficiency and cost-efficiency. See what they looked like, and find out how much they used to cost!
The Chevrolet Vega was a small car made to compete with the foreign imports that were dominating the US automotive market. Here’s a look back at the Chevy car made only in the ’70s!
Take a look back at the classic Buick car models available back in 1974 Buicks, including the Apollo, Century, Electra, LeSabre, Regal & Riviera.
Take a look back at 20 of the Lincoln Continental classic cars that Ford produced back in the ’70s — including the Mark III, IV and V.
The 1970 Oldsmobile Toronado had impressive looks. Elegant interiors. And the incomparable handling of front-wheel drive.
Among the major items that sets the ’70 Impala apart from other cars in its class is resale value. So you not only get more car for your money when you buy Impala, but traditionally more money when you sell it.
You may never drive like golfer Jack Nicklaus off the tee. But you sure can on the road in the 1976 Grand Prix & the 1979 Pontiac Grand LeMans Safari station wagon.
Experience Olds Starfire or Starfire GT. No road will ever be the same. Experience Starfire. Get behind the wheel of Starfire. You’re surrounded by full-foam
Vanning has become an American craze. Today it means to personalize a common van and build a lifestyle around it. Throngs of Americans are doing it. A key feature of the outing is the mutual admiration of vans and the adorning artwork.
Chevelle Malibu station wagon (1965) Big V8 up front, 86 cu. ft. of cargo space in back — and the time of your life in