Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Classic & Collectible Ford Cars of the 1970s

The 1970s Classic Ford Cars Channel covers the top Ford models of the decade. See what's under the hoods of 1970s classic Ford cars.

Featured
1979 1980 1981 Ford Mustang

Mustang began a second revolution with the sophisticated "New Breed" of 1979. It was a new kind of Ford pony car but was every inch a Mustang. Learn more about the 1979-1981 Ford Mustang.


1966-1977 Ford Bronco

The 1966-1977 Ford Bronco offered the best of both freeway and off-road driving. Ford developed the Bronco as an answer to the growing popularity of off-road vehicles. Learn more about the 1966-1977 Ford Bronco.

1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible

The 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible was flashy and fast and could reach 60 mph in 8 seconds thanks to its 429-cubic inch Cobra Jet engine. NASCAR tapped it to be the official pace car of the stock-car racing circuit. Read more about this powerful classic.

1971-1978 Ford Capri/Capri II

Ford Motor Company thought it was launching a European Mustang when its British and German branches developed the sport coupe. The Ford Capri, first sold in Europe, was a hit as a Mercury in the United States. Check out the Capri/Capri II and see pictures of this car.

1971 Ford LTD Convertible Coupe

The 1971 Ford LTD Convertible Coupe was the first ragtop introduced in the very popular LTD series. Standard equipment included power front disc brakes, a self-regulating clock and woodgrain interior appliques. Read about and see pictures of this classic car.

1971-1980 Ford Pinto

The 1971-1980 Ford Pinto was a marketing success however it faced a fire controversy during its run. The car was designed to compete with the growing Japanese subcompact class of cars. Learn all about the history of the 1971-1980 Ford Pinto.

The 1971 1972 1973 Mustang differed greatly from previous generations of the famous car. Today, these cars are now getting respect from car collectors. See these 1971, 1972 and 1973 Ford Mustang specifications.

See the specifications for the 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978 Ford Mustang. They were offered in either coupe or fastback form. This generation of the legendary car featured a smaller and lighter design.

The 1979, 1980, 1981 Ford Mustang was leaner and cleaner than ever. The engines ranged from a weak inline 4 to a powerful 302 V-8. For a look under the hood, go to these specifications of the Mustang from this era.

Jack Telnack: Chief Designer of the 1979 Ford Mustang

Designer Jack Telnack joined Ford in 1958 where he worked on the very first pony car in Joe Oros' Ford Studio. Read Telnack's story on the creation of the 1979-1981 generation of Mustangs.

1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 Ford Mustang

The Mustang II was reasonably popular in its time, but history has pushed it to the bottom of fans’ consciousness. Find out how an energy crisis and government regulations broke this pony car.