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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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Hillman and Chrysler Avenger – 219,600 registered

The Hillman Avenger was a car Rootes/Chrysler tried to sell to the world - it was exported briefly to the USA as a Plymouth, and ended up finding more success in South America as a Dodge. Its styling was more appealing and the fresh range of OHV engines – 1248cc and 1498cc from launch, 1295cc and 1598cc in 1973 – were lively. It never really managed to sell as well as rivals from Vauxhall or Ford, though. Sterted out as a Hillman; became a Chrylser in 1976; before being rebadged as a Talbot in 1979.



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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