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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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Morris Marina – 703,686 registered

Building a car to beat the Ford Cortina was never going to be easy, and British Leyland needed to introduce its new challenger in a hurry - so the Marina emerged as a bit of a parts-bin special. After years of building front-wheel drive Issigonis-designed cars, the rear-drive Marina seemed a step backwards, but was actually what the market wanted. Much-maligned now, very few Marinas survive, despite it being the third most popular car of the '70s. 

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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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