BoldRide's Seven Best from the 1970's
Most auto enthusiasts cherish the good ole days of the Muscle car era. Still others like to live in the present, reeling in the latest powertrain advancements. However there is an era that is largely overlooked in sportscar lore. That is the era of the 1970’s, where rising fuel prices forced race teams to get creative. Fiberglass, turbocharging, and the breakout of Japanese automakers meant that a new crop of sports cars. Here are our favorite from that era. 1. 1973 Fiat Dino spider:
You might scoff at the inclusion of a non-Ferrari but this one is a bit special, with a Dino designation and a Ferrari engine. Even though it’s not a V12, these cars are not easy to come by, and thus the prices have been on the upswing. It also doesn’t hurt that its ‘Coke bottle’ styling has curves that are greatly appreciated in automotive design.
2. 1972 C3 Chevrolet Corvette:
With styling inspired by the Mako Shark 2, the original C3 Corvette had a wealth of chrome and power. There is something special about the brashness of these early C3s. They may never live up to the lore of the C2, and this body style might have been long in the tooth by 1982, but we think the chrome was part of what made them great.
3. 1973 Datsun/Nissan 240Z/S30:
The father of numerous Z cars to follow, it may not have been the first Datsun sportscar but it was one of the first Japanese runaway success stories. Highly sought after by car enthusiasts the world over, it is essentially an everyman’s Jaguar E-Type.
4. 1976 Porsche 914:
This is a car that has received much criticism. We think it might be just misunderstood because it becomes highly collectible if you put a 911 engine into it making it a 914-6 it is then a collectible car. Regardless of the base engine, it has been road-raced and driven hard, which we think is the hallmark of a true sportscar.
5. 1979 MG Midget:
It may be small, but big things occasionally come in small packages. This car was a successor to the Austin Healey Sprite and actually shares many of the same mechanicals; both vehicles have a huge club following and lend themselves to modifications quite well.
6. 1976 Triumph TR6:
Everything about this car was old-fashioned British craftsmanship, but with a German styling twist. It may not have been as pretty as a TR3 or even its TR4 or TR5 predecessors, but it got the job done and sold a lot of cars in the process. Almost 95,000 cars were produced in the TR6 model line. Not too shabby for a small British firm.
7. 1973 Volvo P1800:
Why can’t Volvo produce a sportscar that is nearly as pretty as their second attempt? We’d argue that it’s because they outdid themselves with this car. It also currently holds the world record for most mileage ever put on one vehicle rapidly approaching 3,000,000 miles. That will get you just a little bit of recognition.