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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 1100/1300 – 303,064 registered

Lively by the standards of the day thanks to the A-Series engines, the Austin 1100 and 1300 came close to Mini levels of fun. Much cleverer than their Ford, Vauxhall and Rootes rivals, these cars were very popular and remained the UK's best selling car when the 1970s dawned. Production ended in 1974, when the Allegro took over – and it fell short of matching the 1100/1300's success, which is testament to this car's popularity with British buyers. 

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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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