HERE ARE THE 8 GAME-CHANGING SUPERCARS OF THE '70S
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Don't you guys think we are at the peak of super cars? I mean if you just think about it, we have the most advanced cars in the world, the Holy Trinity now is the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918! Cars such as Koenigsegg and Bugatti break records almost everyday! These cars are indeed at their peak, it’s time to look back down at the originals, the ones that started it all, and see how far we’ve come in time. The car world has changed alot! This article and series i am doing will take a look at the super cars that defined an era, one decade at a time, now continuing with the super cars in the ’70s. Enjoy, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
1973 Maserati Bora
You can ask any petrol head about the Maserati Bora, and all they would say is, perfection. This utterly astonishing game-changing super car has established itself in the car community for many decades now. The 1973 Maserati Bora is one hell of a beast. The Maserati Bora has a naturally aspirated eight cylinders in V longitudinal rear engine providing a maximum torque of 462 Nm at 4200 rpm. With a maximum power outpup of 310 bhp available at 6000 rpm transmitted to the 15 inch rear wheels by a manual 5 speed gearbox. This car is definitely a special one. And no words can describe it, only the roaring V8 can describe this magnificent innovation. It had such a unique look, that no one has even seen executed like this before, and the performance is no other than spectacular. This Maserati is fast, really fast.
Engine type V 8
Displacement 4.9 l (301 ci / 4930 cc)
Power 334 ps (330 bhp / 246 kw)
Power / liter 68 ps (67 hp)
Power / weight 183 ps (180 bhp) / t
Transmission 5 speed Manual
Layout front engine, front wheel drive
1978 BMW M1
1978 BMW M1
BMW's first super car, the M1! A definitely 70's looking super car, this is just a pure fun car. BMW’s only mid-engined machine was designed mostly as a race car, but it was a beast on the road as well. With a naturally asperated V6 this car was definite turning heads when it came out. A top speed of 155mph really put this car on the map. This icon has a interesting history and a max torque of 369lb ft @1500-4500rpm, making it pretty quick. The beautiful elegant panels, with the fitted glass, and the stunning chassis maybe this car a stunner. In the 1970s BMW was just full domination, after a big bankruptcy in the 50s they came back stronger than ever in the 70's. The M1 was so revolutionary during this time making one of the best and most desirable supercars of the '70s.
Engine: 3.5 litre straight 6, twin turbo
Top speed: 155mph (limited)
Max power: 335bhp @ 5900rpm
Max torque: 369lb ft @1500-4500rpm
1971 DETOMASO PANTERA GTS
The underrated De Tomaso Pantera is a mid-engine sports car produced by Italian automobile manufacturer De Tomaso, it was the Italian manufactures most popular model, with over 7,000 manufactured over the decades. This car is beautiful, with the futuristic looks and clean lines, this is one of the most glorious '70s car ever made. With a 5.8 litre V8, and a 5 speed- manual transmission, this car had 330bhp, but with the annoying emissions controls this car was brought down to 250bhp by 1973. With a top speed of 150mph, the Pantera could hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and it could finish the quarter mile in 13 seconds! For its time it was pretty quick, making it one of the most known and famous supercars in the car community world.
Engine configuration 351 cu in (5.8 L) Naturally aspirated Ford Cleveland V8
Fuel system Autolite 4-barrel carburetor Holley 4-barrel carburetor
Curb weight 3,123 lb (1,417 kg) 3,250 lb (1,474 kg)
Wheelbase 98.4 in (2,499 mm) 98.8 in (2,510 mm)
1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
The original supercar that started it all. Even though the iconic and legendary Lamborghini Miura came out in the 60s, it still also left a huge mark in the supercar world, in the 70s as well. The Lamborghini Miura and the P400 SV has one of the beautiful clean, simple and stunning curvy shape anyone has ever seen. The Lamborghini Miura is a amazing super car that was manufactured between 1966 and 1973. The Miura was the first supercar with a rear mid-engined two-seat layout, which definitely changed the game. It didn't change the game for the 60's and 70's only, it changed the game for every single generation, paving the way for all supercars and generations to come. The mid-engine V-12 Miura rebranded, reshaped and help make the Lamborghini brand the way it is now. Marcello Gandini designed this beautiful cars gorgeous shape. No car could ever go on the level of the legendary Miura, other supercars shouldn't even be in the presence of the Miura. The performance and specifications of this car is out of this world. This is the game-changing legend.
Engine: 3.9 litre, V12
Power: 350 bhp
Torque: 367 Nm / 271 ft.lb
One of the most brave and underrated super cars. As it stood in the Miuras and Countachs shadows, the Urraco is one of the most underrated and unknown Lamborghinis and supercars of all time. It came, it conquered, and know one even knew about it. Even though it is a car to make fun of, the Urraco was considered a brilliant car by many petrol heads and many of Lamborghinis engineers. Yes a four seater Lamborghini, with a very simple and minimal design by Marcello Gandini, who also designed the legendary Miura. With a 3.0 Litre V8 engine this supercar produces only 180bhp. It was one of the quickest when it first came out. With 0-60 mph just in 6.1 sec and top speed 165 mph, the Urraco can really smoke its rivals while holding people in the back as well.
The Urraco has a naturally aspirated eight cylinder V transverse middle engine providing a maximum torque of 226 Nm
1972 FERRARI Daytona
1974 Ferrari 365 GTB
This car also needs no introduction, this Ferrari started it all, this Ferrari shaped the way for the Ferrari brand, and the cars. Sometimes referred to as the Ferrari Daytona, the 365 GTB is a two-seat Grand Tourer that Ferrari built from 1968 to 1973 to replace the 275 GTB. This model being named the top sports car of the 70s by Sports Car International magazine and also being listed as number two in Motor Trend Classic’s “Greatest Ferraris of All Time” list. It was one of the last V12 front-engined Ferrari's. The classically shaped and ridiculously fast Daytona was a supercar to remember. This was a car meant to be driven fast and hard. It was meant to be the best. And it definitely succeeded at that.
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is a rear wheel drive road car, with the engine located in the front. Its 12 cylinder, double overhead camshaft naturally aspirated powerplant has 2 valves per cylinder and a displacement of 4.4 litres. It develops power and torque figures of 347 bhp (352 PS/259 kW) at 7500 rpm and 431 Nm (318 lbft/44 kgm) at 5500 rpm respectively. It features dry sump-type lubrication. This power is delivered to the wheels via a 5 speed manual transmission. The quoted kerb weight is 1280 kg. Maximum speed claimed is 278 km/h or 173 mph.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a British grand tourer. It was hailed at its 1977 introduction as "Britain's First Supercar" for its top speed of 170mph, this was one of the best and fastest cars in the world at the time. With a 5.3 L V8 this car has proven to be one of the most extraordinary game-changers of the '70s. Sometimes people refer it to as the "English Muscle Car" because of its similar styling of the 60’s Mustang. The V8 Vantage was an off shoot of the original straight-6 Vantage. it could finally run with its rivals such as the Ferrari Daytona and the Countach. The Vantage V8 became one of the top Aston Martins very quickly, and one of the best cars in the world!
Engine: 5.3 L V8; 6.3 L V8
Top speed: 170mph
Horsepower: 390 bhp
Body style: 2-door coupé; 2-door convertible
Now this stunning car needs no introduction, we all know the legendary, the iconic the revolutionary, the amazing Lamborghini Countach. The Lamborghini Countach was one of the last models to be built under the control of the founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, in an effort to improve upon the comfort, eye appeal, and performance of the revolutionary Miura. Through the years, the Countach was continually evolved. In 1978, the Countach LP400 S was revealed. We saw the styling with wider fender flares, wheels, and tires, and the introduction of the Countach's iconic and gargantuan V-shaped rear wing. Engine capacity was increased in 1982 to 4.8 liters, resulting in another name change to Countach LP5000 S. In 1985, the Countach LP5000 QV was introduced, QV standing for "quattrovalvole," or four-valve in Italian. True to its name, the now-5.2-liter V-12 was given a four-valves-per-cylinder head for increased efficiency, as well as another bump in output to 455 horsepower. This car is definitely a history maker, a revolutionary car for ALL generations, not just one. It has left such a huge impact in every era of supercars!
ENGINE 3.9L DOHC 24-valve V-12/370 hp @ 7,500 rpm, 266 lb-ft @ 5,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 5-speed manual
LAYOUT 2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, RWD coupe
L x W x H 163.0 x 74.4 x 42.1 in
WHEELBASE 96.5 in
WEIGHT 2,646 lb
0-60 MPH 5.2 sec
TOP SPEED 162 mph
Thank you for reading my article on the game-changing supercars of the '70s!
Works cited and sources for inspiration: EVO, Supercars.net, CarandDriver, automobilemag.com, wikepidia, topspeed.com and autopolis.wordpress.com