1970s Classic Cars

The early 1970s oil crisis saw sales of muscle cars and other gas-guzzlers wane while smaller, compact cars gained popularity. Learn more about 1970s cars in this section.

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The 1971-1978 Oldsmobile Toronado started with a full redesign and new features were added each year. This car featured a grilleless design that pushed the grill openings to the far edges of the bumper. Learn more about the Toronados of this period.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide