Test Your Knowledge of '70s Cars With This Quiz!

Robin Tyler

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About This Quiz

The 1970's. What a decade for motoring.!

It was a decade where the world struggled for gas and cars were sometimes the last thing on people's minds. It was a time of rock 'n roll, the birth of disco, the rise of Motown and the end of the hippie era. That said, even though many didn't care for cars, except to get them from A to B, others were still looking or the ultimate ride.

And so the 1970s gave us an incredible assortment of cars, not only from American carmakers, including the Big Three, but from abroad as well. Japanese cars started to make an impact in the United States and like in the '50s and '60s, those beautiful European designs continued to come into the country as well.

Although they had been "invented" just a few years earlier, muscle cars were still extremely popular, especially with lovers of large, American V8 engines. Sports cars, particularly of European origin, also remained popular.

So in this quiz, your knowledge of cars from the 1970s needs to be top notch. Just take your time, you can do it!

Good luck!


Let's begin. Name this classic '70s car.

Since its inception in 1974, the Rabbit has gone from strength to strength. In fact, Volkswagen’s tagline, ‘The People’s Car,’ easily moved from the aging Beetle to this hatchback. Currently on their seventh model in the range over the last 40 years, Rabbits are sophisticated, high-performance vehicles. And they are popular, too!

Are you able to identify this vehicle from the '70s?

The American Motors Corportation manufactured the subcompact class Gremlin between 1970 and 1978. A number of models were produced but it was the Gremlin-powered either 5.0-liter or 6.6-liter V8s that are considered to be muscle cars.

The '70s vehicle in this image is a _________?

This full-sized station wagon was produced by Chevrolet over two periods - first from 1958 to 1961 and again from 1969 to 1972. It was an entry level station wagon offered by the company during both its production runs.

This is a classic for sure. Can you name it?

Released between 1976 and 1986, Jeep’s CJ-7 was one of the most popular off-roaders available during those 10 years. It had a large 93.5-inch wheelbase which, coupled with a three-speed gearbox, meant the Jeep went places other 4x4s had trouble getting to. The top of the range CJ-7 was powered by a 304 cubic inch V8.

A classic '70s muscle car. What is its name?

The Grand Sports badge first appeared on the Buick Skylark in 1965. By 1967, it was a marque all of its own. In 1970, the company released the Grand Sport 455, considered by many experts to be one of the greatest muscle cars ever built.

This one is tricky. Can you identify this '70s vehicle?

Built for rallying, the Lancia Stratos didn't disappoint, winning the World Rally championship for three years from 1974 to 1976.

This model even has some input from the legendary Italian design house, Pininfarina. Can you name it?

This luxury 2-door saloon was produced by Rolls Royce between 1975 and 1986. It was designed by the legendary Pininfarina design house in Italy, with Paolo Martin the lead designer. This was the first Rolls Royce not designed by the company itself since World War II.

The car in this image is a ______?

First marketed in Europe as the Hillman Avenger, this four-door small family car received Chrysler branding from 1976 to 1979. From 1971 to 1973, before it received its Chrysler badge for the European market, it was sold in America as the Plymouth Cricket. Three models of the Avenger were available to the motoring public - LS, GL, and GLS.

Are you able to name this useful model from the 1970s?

A stalwart of the Chevy pickup fleet in the 1970s, the C30 is considered to be the first of the modern pickup trucks. It was also the first Chevy with the crew cab option, meaning the truck could easily seat six people.

This vehicle was partly styled by the Italian styling house, Bertone. What is it?

Part of the Volvo 200 series, the 262C was a special edition designed with the help of Italian styling house, Bertone. It was available for a three-year period between 1978 and 1981. It was only available as a coupe which featured some unique styling when compared to its counterparts in the series.

What beautiful lines. What '70s classic is this?

The first-ever mid-engined Ferrari, the 512 was introduced in 1971. And what a looker!

The vehicle in this image is a _________?

Produced between 1977 and 1988, the Diplomat contested the mid-sized car segment. It is exactly the same car as the Plymouth Gran Fury. The Diplomat came with three engine options - a 3.7-liter straight six, a 5.2-liter V8, or a 5.9-liter V8. Diplomats were a favored vehicle for city police forces around the United States.

This 2-door coupe was never sold in the U.S.A. but was popular in Europe. Name it, please.​

Sold for a period of nine years from 1966 to 1975, the BMW 1602 was a 2-door cabriolet which included a high-performance version, the TI. This model was not sold in the United States as it did not meet emissions requirements at the time.

Believe it or not, this became a popular drifting car later in its life, especially later versions. Can you name the vehicle?

Available only in Japan, the Chaser was produced between 1977 and 2001, first as a compact car and then, from 1988, in the mid-sized car segment. The Chaser shared the same chassis with two other Toyota models, the Cressida/Mark II, and the Cresta. Thanks to its front engined, rear-wheel drive layout, the Chaser became a popular car to use in drifting.

Still a model today, this 4x4 first appeared in the 1970s. Do you know what it is?

A small off-road option, the Jimny has been produced by Suzuki since the 1970s. What a cute 4x4!

This was the first mass-produced car in its country of origin. But what is the make and model?

The Pony, Korea's first mass-produced car, was a rear-wheel-drive subcompact car produced by the Korean manufacturer between 1975 and 1990. Two generations of the Pony were produced with a range of body options, including sedans, wagons, a coupe utility, and a hatchback.

Please tell us the vehicle found in this photo.

The Alpine was a European Chrysler model marketed under a host of other names in various car markets around the world. This front-wheel-drive hatchback was produced by Chrysler Europe between 1975 and 1979.

It was a favorite in Europe in the 1970s. Can you name the vehicle in the image?

More than 30,000 of these fastback coupes were built by Audi from 1969 to 1976. It was noted for its slanting back section. The 100 Coupe S was powered by a 1.8-liter engine coupled to a 4-speed manual gearbox.

This vehicle from the 1970s is a ________?

The Granada was marketed as a mid-sized car in the United States between 1975 and 1982. It came in many guises, including a 2- and 4-door sedan, station wagon, and 2-door coupe. It was also sold in Europe.

You might not have first hand knowledge of the vehicle in the image, but can you identify it?

This full-sized sedan was marketed by Mazda for a brief period from 1975 to 1977. Mazda took the chassis of the Holden HJ and HX and fitted their own 1.3-liter rotary engine which produced 400 brake horsepower. Unfortunately, the engine lacked enough torque to deal with the weight of the chassis.

G'day! This Australian vehicle proved popular in the '70s. Identify it, please.

First introduced in 1978 and still marketed in Australia today as part of the Holden lineup, the Berlina name has been associated with the Commodore model for a number of years. The VB was marketed from 1984 to 1986. More than 135,000 were sold in a two-year period.

Are you able to name this vehicle?

Produced between 1969 and 1973, the FF1 Star was a development of Subaru's 1000 model. Powered by a 1.1-liter engine, the FF1 Star was even released in the United States in 1970 and 1971.

Name this muscle car, please.

1970 AMC Rebel - The Rebel, particularly the 1970 models, took AMC straight into the muscle car fight. This was a real looker, blessed with a muscle car stance. With “Up with the Rebel Machine,!” AMC's slogan for the car, they were certainly trying to buy into the younger market.

Look at those sleek lines. Can you identify this beauty from the '70s?

Formed in 1922 by Sir William Lyons and William Walmsley, the Swallow Sidecar Company was the forerunner to Jaguar. Under the name SS Jaguar, the company started producing two models, the SS 90 and SS 100. One of their much-loved vehicles, the XJ Coupe, was built between 1975 and 1978. These were available with both 6 and 12 cylinder options. More than 8,000 were sold.

A fairly small vehicle for the time, what car is shown in this image?

A performance version of the Valiant, the Duster was a fairly small vehicle for the time. It had a range of engine options and was produced by Plymouth until 1976.

The vehicle in this image is a ______?

The Lincoln Mark V was marketed by Lincoln in the luxury coupe market segment from 1977 to 1979.

Are you able to identify this vehicle?

Created as a high-speed racing machine, especially for NASCAR, the Superbird was also for sale to the public. The first models appeared in 1970 and were instantly recognizable thanks to the massive spoiler on the back.

That's a long hood! To which vehicle listed below does it belong?

The Grand Prix was built by Pontiac between 1962 and 1973. It underwent a number of cosmetic changes during its 11-year​ production run but always had a number of V8 engine options to give it that muscle car appeal.

Oh, I say! What vehicle have we here?

Designed by Bill Allen, the Corniche from Rolls Royce was produced for a 16-year period from 1971 to 1996. It was an advancement on the Silver Shadow and was available as either a 2-door coupe or 2-door convertible.

You should be able to identify this car with ease.

Produced between 1961 and 1975, the FJ Fleetvan came in two different versions, the FJ-3 and the FJ-3A, which was a little longer. Essentially a delivery van, the FJ was used by the U.S. postal service amongst others.

Name this truck, please.

A 'super truck' of sorts, more than 5000 Li’l Red Express Trucks were sold in 1978 and 1979. And it's not difficult to understand why. Not only did it look incredible but it had some serious speed. In fact, the modified 360 cubic inches V-8 engine produced 225 brake horsepower, even more than Corvettes produced at the time.

Those sleek lines... beautiful. Can you name this car?

Designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro, the M1 sports car was released in 1978 and built for a period of three years in which 453 were made. This was BMW's first mid-engined car and was powered by a 3.5-liter double overhead cam straight six engine. It had a top speed of 162 mph.

Any clue as to what '70s car is depicted in this image?

The 1970 Dodge Charger continued the wildly popular muscle car line.

This vehicle was available as a microtruck or a van. What is it?

This vehicle has been produced by Honda since 1977. The Acty is available as a 2-door microtruck or 5-door minivan.

All pointy and sleek, it looks fast! What rare vehicle is in this image?

This Italian car was produced in 1971 and built for a period of 20 years. A 2-door mid-engined coupe, 7,260 were produced.

Are you able to name the vehicle in this picture?

Essentially a Golf with rear storage space making it a sedan instead of a hatchback, the Jetta first appeared in 1979.

Name this British favorite, please.

More than 100,000 1100 Saloons were built by MG from 1962 to 1971. When it was released, it was described as the most advanced MG of all time. Powered by a 1.0-liter motor, the 1100 Saloon produced around 55 brake horsepower.

Identify this luxury car, please.

Another typical '70s styled 2-door coupe, the Mark IV was produced between 1972 and 1976. Over 250,000 units of the Mark IV were sold during its five year production run

The make and model depicted in this image shows a _______________?

First released in the United Kingdom in 1979, the Astra is exactly the same as the Opel version except it is a right-hand drive car. Currently in its seventh generation, this vehicle has proved a popular seller both for Vauxhall and Opel.

Last one! Can you identify this vehicle?

Produced from 1969 to 1977, the Maverick was a compact 2- or 4-door sedan. It came with a range of powerplant options, the biggest of which was a 5-liter V8.

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