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Top 10 Selling Cars of the 1970s

The 1970s was a tumultuous time for British car manufacturing, but that didn’t stop the public buying British cars, and many of the ten best sellers were UK-made. The remainder of the bestsellers list is made up of European-American machines from the likes of Ford and Vauxhall. This top ten is based on registration figures from 1970-1979.  

 

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Ford Escort – 1,119,004 registered

Originally designed as the new Anglia, the Euro-friendly Escort name was adopted instead as the fresh small Ford after the formation of Ford of Europe in 1967. Although less distinctive than the Anglia, the Coke bottle-profiled Escort was good-looking and started finding favour with younger buyers looking for a small saloon. Two generations of Escort were produced in the 1970s, and both were popular thanks to their fine image and those all-important rally wins.  Win on Sunday, sell on Monday!

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George Murdoch    on 16 June 2017

Has a Avenger. The sealed-beam headlamps were always failing, Got rid because of this & got a nice Corolla.

   on 16 July 2017

Bought one brand new, the valves burnt out at 6000 miles, what a disaster
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David Broad    on 5 February 2021

The 2 door needed a Hath but management said it would affect Maxi sales and Austin and Morris sales had to be balanced, m****s. They finally sorted the Handling with the last year of the Ital. I had a good one but only because tI had Ital suspension, 1800 rev counter type dashboard and a 1700 motor, later a 1.8 B series. I really liked blowing off Cortinas on acceleration through better gear ratios and through the bends with that

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