The hippest cars of the 1970s

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.

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Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Montreal

Alfa Romeo Montreal

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.

Alfa Romeo GTV

Alfa Romeo GTV

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…

AMC Pacer

AMC PacerThe 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

American muscle

AMC Matador

AMC Matador

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!).

Lincoln Continental

Lincoln Continental

Cadillac Eldorado

Cadillac Eldorado

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…

Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac GTO

Pontiac GTO

…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.

Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger

Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger

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?

Plymouth Superbird

Plymouth Superbird

Second generation Chevrolet Camaro is also in the finals for being the most memorably american car of the seventies.

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

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.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

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.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C3)

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Others are left out, not because they are uncool cars, but the competition to achieve celebration on the Elektrojazz album is fierce!

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18 thoughts on “The hippest cars of the 1970s

  1. I own an uber cool battered 76 Ford Gran Torino Sedan, $650 of ass kicking roadtrip car, Just did 16 states and 5750 miles and then shipped it back to New Zealand. Heres a sample of the trip

    The warm air dries our brows as we roll through the vast Savannah, headed for Nebraska. The sky begins to get darker with the promise of night. “How far?” I ask “about 120 miles to Allience”says Watton, confirming the fear beginning to crawl across my stomach. We might not make it to Carhenge tonight.

    “Cannonball on!” I shout, my bare foot mashing the go pedal into the threadbare Red carpet. The ancient smog era 400 waking up like an old dog spying a lame Rabbit, blows apart the remnants of rusty tailpipe, and the Old Gran Torino roars down the blacktop like a Demo derby refugee. The Speedo begins to creep North of 90, Watton Yeeehaws and yells “6.6 litre mile eater, go baby go!” and we blast onward leaving a trail of dust and a haze of oil smoke in our wake, as we chase the last rays of daylight down the deserted country road.

  2. Charlie, sounds like a great trip! If you need some music for your next road trip, we might be able to help 🙂

  3. I think the Lamborghini Countach or the Porsche 911 Turbo are the best Icons to celabrete the great 1970ies 😉

  4. There may have been faster, better looking and more luxurious cars from the seventies, but the black and gold Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Trans Am defines the era.

  5. The AMC Pacer was suppose to come out first with a rotary engine, but the engine wasn’t developed well enough, so it first showed up with their 6 cylinder engine. And it was quite popular the first year of two, but after that it dropped in popularity…most Americans don’t like having something “different”. the V8 was added near the end of it’s life…at the time when emission controls were sucking away a lot of horsepower. I had one with the 6 cylinder and 3 spd manual. Nice car.

  6. The 70’s was a very crazy, expressive period where bold minded thinking introduced some very colorful facets to our culture. The 1977 AMC Matador Barcelona is a perfect representation of this type of thinking.

  7. I own a 77 ford mustang ll ghia. It’s in pristine condition and I enjoy all the comments and stares when I take it out. It may not be popular with the muscle cars of the 70s but I believe it deserves recognition in that the ll was motor trends 1974 car of the year, you hardly see them on the road, and it was the right car at the right time. And besides. .. Who could ever forget Farrah driving around in her cobra ll every Wednesday night as well as Jaclyn in her ghia?

  8. I remember my 1974 Pinto. I bought it just before the word got out that they explode. It cost $3,000 new. I patched that thing together several times, got into a chain reaction accident and learned how to get out of it in a hurry and sold it after 150,000 miles (I put in new rings myself). It was really depressing to own a laughing stock. So much, that I tried to end it all by backing into a cement wall but alas, no explosion. Just a stiff neck. Actually, I would rather forget the 70s as the cars ran bad, got lousy mileage, the engines failed too soon and those little Japanese trucks liked to backfire, forcing Vietnam vets like myself to get our clothes dirty by hitting the deck. The only thing I like about the 70s were those whiskey sours…. Lots of them.
    Ron Burgundy

  9. Hej gutter………… Jeg er forfærdet over at i ikke har fået den sidste rigtige Mustang med 😉 Den største af alle Mustangerne og den mest kraftfulde landede lige før oliekrisen og den har om nogen 70er stil !!! Modellen er lavet fra 1971 til 1973

  10. I kan da ikke bede os om kun at vælge 3 biler….garagen er ikke fuldendt med mindre end 5 biler fra listen….!

  11. Since you play nerdy music you should go for the nerdy cars. I mean do we REALLY need yet another reference too Mustang/GTO/Eldorado/Ferrari and what have you. Also, do not forget beautiful expressions and words like Half Choke, Contact Breaker and Ashtray

    • TurboLover, thanks for your input! We wish to celebrate the greatest cars rather than ashtrays and sparkplugs, but I see where you are going. I do have a secret crush on the AMC Pacer, that should qualify as rather nerdy 🙂
      Anders

  12. As long it has good loudspeakers, and Cars on the cd player, I’ll be satisfyed with any ol’ red flat car! ;-*

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