The '70s were filled with changes in every aspect of society. Fashion trends came and went, disco took over the radio waves and
car brandsexperimented with new designs and technologies. With daring car designs of the '70s, manufacturers created some of the most popular and iconic vehicles worthy of
an art exhibit.
Because there were so many cars from the decade worth discussing, it can be hard to narrow down the best. According to
All Collector Cars, these are some of the most popular cars of the '70s.
1970 AMC Gremlin
To start this list off, let's look at a car so unique that it could only come from the '70s. The Gremlin was a subcompact car that was produced from 1970 to 1978, and it never gained a reputation for being particularly reliable.
But despite this, the AMC Gremlin is a popular car among collectors today. Its design is so distinct that it would be hard to confuse a Gremlin with any other subcompact even from that era. While it does have a fan base, others might feel the same way about the Gremlin as they do about
infamous cars like the Yugothat received an undue amount of hate.
1970 Plymouth Barracuda
It would technically be correct to say that the Plymouth Barracuda was not a '70s car. Plymouth first began production of their now-iconic muscle car in 1964, according to
But the Barracuda saw a complete redesign in 1970, creating one of the most famous muscle cars of all time. With options for V6 or V8 engines, the Plymouth Barracuda became a legend for power and speed. Striking color schemes like Lime Light and Bahama Yellow also made it a head-turner.
1977 Pontiac Trans-Am
The Trans-Am is a beautiful car in its own right. What it is truly remembered for, though, is its career in Hollywood.
The Special Edition Pontiac Trans-Am was prominently featured in the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds. When cars are associated with films, like the
cars in the Fast & Furiousfranchise, they can gain cult followings.
A model owned by Reynolds for the movie’s promotion sold at auction in 2016 for a cool $550,000.
The film connection has made the 1977 Trans-Am one of the most popular cars of the '70s and a car show favorite.
1974 Jeep Cherokee
Jeep called the 1974 Cherokee a “Sports Utility” vehicle when the term SUV wasn’t yet commonplace in the automotive industry. It took aspects of the Jeep Wagoneer to create a combination SUV and station wagon that became a hit with drivers. Starting as a two-door vehicle, four-door Cherokee SUVs entered production for the 1977 Cherokee, eventually becoming the standard.
Since the '70s, the Jeep Cherokee has undergone several generations and variations. One of these, the Jeep Cherokee (XJ) was a compact instead of a full-size SUV.
1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo drew attention because some of its design details looked like another General Motors car: the iconic Cadillac Eldorado.
Initial demand for the 1970 Monte Carlo was partially impacted by the limited availability at launch. A strike was going on at the time, which meant fewer Monte Carlo vehicles were being made.
Nevertheless, sales were good for this two-door coupe during its first year and it was produced until 1988. It then took a brief hiatus before relaunching in 1995 and eventually retiring for good in 2007.
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