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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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Austin Allegro – 385,584 registered

The butt of many jokes, the Allegro became a scapegoat for all the failings of 1970s British Leyland. That reputation for failure stuck with the Allegro for many, many years after it ceased production in 1982. And for many older car fans, it still holds true to this day. Nowadays it has some cult appeal as the ideal starter classic for the impecunious, thanks to its simplicity and low cost. 

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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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