• Calling it the automotive dark ages doesn't do the 1970s justice. It was worse. Apocalyptic. Nothing but fuel shortages, EPA regulations, weak smog motors and big bumpers. Oh and the institution of the national 55 mph speed limit. Vegas, Pintos, Gremlins and Cordobas, it was like everyone wanted a horrible car. The '70s gave us weak sauce Corvettes with as little as 160 hp, four-banger Mustangs and it was the first decade with bad Cadillacs. 

    But it's never all bad. Even the Early Middle Ages gave us the world’s first universities as well as Algebra and great advancements in art and architecture. And the apocalypse spawned Mad Max and his blown Falcon. Despite it all, there were some great cars borne during the malaise of the 1970s. Cars any car enthusiast would give a limb to own. These 11 are some of the greatest. 

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  • 1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400
  • 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda
  • Ferrari 308 GTS
  • Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD455
  • BMW 320i
  • Porsche 911 Turbo
  • Jeep CJ7
  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6
  • Dodge Lil’ Red Express
  • Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle
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