Help us pick the hippest cars from the 1970s!
Elektrojazz is about to make an album about cars, and since our music is inspired by the sound and the vibe of the seventies, we are trying to find the hippest cars of that era. Our goal is make the perfect album for the perfect road trip.
As a tribute to those great cars of the seventies, we will dedicate each track on the album to a specific car model, and we need your help to choose which them!
Which are your favorites? The list I have made, is far too long (many nice cars…), and since there will only be ten tracks on our record, it has to be narrowed down.
It is said that you cannot be a true petrol head without having owned an Alfa Romeo – that is a great compliment to the brand! Alfa have a roller coster approach to building cars – make a great car design and follow up with a surprisingly ugly model. And they master the art of combining the joy of driving a well engineered car with frustration when everything that can break down breaks down. At the same time. Or the next day.
The 1970s is no exception of these brand values. But let´s focus on the great models of that era. Alfa Romeo Montreal – one of their greatest designs and a good sample of seventies esthetics at its best. Then came the Alfasud, the ugly duckling with great handling. The pretty GTV was based on the very unpretty Alfetta. The sexy Spider (1966-1993!) was sold side by side with the Alfa 6.
And how could the company that built the astonishing Alfa T33 race car also come up with the 1977 Giulietta? They have kept love/hate approach to making cars through the years – thanks for daring to do things differently, Alfa! Or not knowing better…
The AMC Pacer is one of the weirdest cars of all times. An failed american attempt to make a compact car. It´s short and wide, fitted with windows that would make an medium sized aquarium jealous. It came with a large and thirsty V8 with amusingly low output – 5.0 liter and 125bhp! Wonder why it did not become a hit? But I find it very hard not to love this strange little thing! Pacer Blues
Before the dark ages in the american motor history (the eighties), they pumped out quit a few nice models. Big cars with muscular design and voluminous V8 engines – a nice blend of features!
Besides the Pacer, AMC also produced the Matador Coupe, which is actually one of the better looking american muscle cars from that time. It was a mid-size (US standards, that means enormous in the rest of the world) alternative to cars like Lincoln Continental and Cadillac Eldorado (both 5,7m long!).
Pontiac Firebird is another american 1970s hero, fitted with up to a 7.5 L V8. The Second generation Pontiac GTO also deserves mentioning. It evolved during the 70´s with an iconic design and more cool than Greenlandic frozen shrimps…
…which leads me to the 1st gen Dodge Challenger and 3rd gen Dodge Charger – american muscle does not get much hipper than theese bad boys.
Plymouth Superbird was a special version of their Road Runner. It´s over the top styling with a rear wing (which doubled as a helicopter landing zone) made it an instant legend. Why settle for less?
Second generation Chevrolet Camaro is also in the finals for being the most memorably american car of the seventies.
The always present Ford Mustang peaked during the ’60s with the first generation, but with the facelifted versions from the early ’70s, the model was still in great shape.
While being introduced in the late sixties, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C3), kept its status as Americas no.1 sports car throughout the 1970s. Its wonderful over-the-top coke bottle styling is more coke than coke, and could make a blind man thirsty.
Others are left out, not because they are uncool cars, but the competition to achieve celebration on the Elektrojazz album is fierce!