Stars of the Seventies
This ESV embarrassed some of the bigger players who had taken a distinctly lax approach to their buyers’ health. Volvos have sold on safety ever since.
Just bloody awful: epitomized everything that was wrong with the British car industry. Some say there’s no such thing as a bad car now, but there was back then.
There had been hatchbacks before, but none looked as good, or mixed premium feel with affordable price like the Golf. Set the template that family cars still follow.
‘911’ and ‘Turbo’ put together have always seemed slightly tautological, and were certainly terrifying in these early cars. But 35 years on they’re still being made.
William Town’s insane styling is one of the stand-out designs of the decade. Digital dash and computer-controlled everything meant they broke down as much as they stood out.
At the Turin motor show Giugiaro unveiled a concept that would spawn not just a new car, but a whole new type of car.
It might have been launched in 1980 but the Audi Quattro – full of brawn but laced with new tech – was the ultimate expression of seventies automotive ethos. A truly modern performance car; still sensational to drive, and still inspiring current fast cars.
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