Cars that you/your family owned in the 70's

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by glocke12, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    Was going through some old photos, and found some cars that were in my family back in the 70's when I was growing up, made me feel nostalgic so thought Id see what others had back than.

    My family had the following:

    1) 1972 Plymouth Fury III 4 dour (parents)
    2) Late 70s (maybe early 80s) Chrysler Cordoba (with rich Corinthian leather) -parents
    3) 67 Mustang (brother)
    4) Desoto (brother)
    5) Barracuda
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    Toronto, ON
    Even though I wasn't born yet in the 1970s, from what I understand from old photos they had an early 70s Chevy Vega when my mom and dad got married, a mid 70s Cougar, by the time they had my older brother and sister, then a '78 Olds Cutlass Wagon by the time they had me. Which I actually do remember. My pop had an Austin Mini before he got married; which was the only relatively cool car he ever owned, lol.
  3. macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    67 Ford Falcon
    71 Mustang (I remember riding on the rear deck under the fastback window as a child :eek:)
    74 Blazer
    78 Dodge panel van (slant six with 4 on the floor)

    Got my first car in 1980 - a 74 Dodge Charger that was a HEAP of shlt.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
  5. Mr. McMac, Nov 20, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2010

    macrumors 68030

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    I purchased these new
    1971 Volkswagon Beetle
    1973 Mazda RX3 (rotary engine)
    1975 Honda Civic S
  6. macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2008
    duster, fury II, and satellite
    my grandpa had an Opel
  7. macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2007
  8. macrumors 65816


    '65 Chevy Pickup 3-on-the-tree
    '69 Chevy Impala
    '73 Dodge Charger
    '69 International Scout 4x4
    '73 Ford F-something 4x4
    '74 Dodge Coronet
    '72 VW Bug (Baja'd)
    '76 Chevy Vega Station Wagon (5-speeds of crapwagon)
  9. macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    My family had this and then parked it for 15 years -- and now I'm 16 and it's mine! :)

  10. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I was only born in '78 so I'm not sure what my parents had for most of the '70s. I do know that in '79 they drove all through Europe for the summer (so I celebrated my first birthday in Italy) in a bright yellow 2CV. Probably a bit like this:
  11. macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    The first car I remember my parents having was like this:
    A Vauxhall Viva

    We then had something like this (but with out the vinyl roof):
    Ford Escort MkII
  12. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    1970-72 '70 Ford Escort 1.3XL
    1972-73 '72 Morris Marina 1.3
    1973-75 '73 Ford Escort 1.3L Estate
    1975-76 '75 Ford Escort 1.6L Estate
    1976-79 '73 Wolseley Six

    My favourite two were the '70 Escort and the Wolseley Six.



    Not Dad's actual cars, they were both metallic green.
  13. macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    My grand dad and great uncle both had Wolseleys. Must have been the car to have in the area!
  14. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Luxury on a budget. It was the illuminated Wolseley badge that did it for me. :D
  15. macrumors 68040

    Nov 20, 2008
    Mom's first car was a 64.5 Mustang with a 289. Had a bf at the time who was a body man who owned a light blue '66 or '67 GTO convertible they used to cruise around the lakes, so he stripped the Mustang down and sprayed it maroon, and threw on then-appropriate "baby moons and beauty rings". My mom drove that for a few years until a drunk Tboned her on the driver's side in a Lincoln Continental in 1976. Spent time learning how to walk again, and the insurance came through with more than enough of a settlement at the time to strut on to the showroom floor and pick up a silver/black '77 Camaro brand new, her first new car. Still had it til I was about 3, I remember it kinda well. In the interim until the insurance money came through, she had a dark green '74 Mustang II Mach I which she said was a horrible pile even though it was only two years old.

    Meanwhile, my dad had a Grabber Blue '70 Boss 302. If only he would've kept it...
  16. macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    My dad got company cars, but the two I remember him having were a 73 Pontiac Catalina with the police interceptor package. (The company let him pick out his cars and he was friends with the GM dealership owner). He later got a tank in the 76 Oldsmobile Delta 88. The last 70s car was a 79 Ford LTD, which ended up being a total POS. He went back to Olds after that.

    My mom had this mid 70s Chevy Caprice. Since we had a huge travel trailer to pull around, she ended up with a 79 Ford full size van. That thing was huge. My brother and I would run around and play in the open area in the back. OH the horror of not being completely strapped down in kiddie seats!
  17. macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2012
    What are the chances!!! This is my own car, parked near my house in Thessaloniki, Greece!
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
    In the 70's I was a little kid but my mother had a 1972 MG Midget and a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass.
  19. Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Great car, lots of character, and almost indestructible.

    Really? How extraordinary....

    Actually, from childhood, I remember most of the GB cars posted on this thread - a true blast from the past. The Wolseley was a very spacious car - I remember the parents of school friends had one......

    In the 1970s, my Dad firstly, had an Opel Kadett; (all his 60s cars had been Mini minors of some description, and earlier still, he had a Morris Minor).
    This was followed by an (Hillman) Avenger (a fairly spacious British car which was the first four door car we had; I remember my Mum disliked driving it.)

    After the Avenger, he bought a Datsun, as Nissan were called at the time, a nifty car. Japanese cars were just beginning to be seen on European roads by the mid 1970s.

    The Nissan was followed by a Mazda 323, for a year or two, which was followed, just at the end of the decade by a Renault 18, which rather I liked.
  20. macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat


    I think my dad was going through a mid-life crisis. Travelled all over North America with my brother in this with the tent trailer in tow. Ours was not in Mach 1 trim, however.



    Still working on that crisis, I think.
  21. macrumors 68020


    May 18, 2004
    my parents had two of these during the green and one blue......they were the perfect car for high speed driving on the interstate

  22. SkyBell, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

    macrumors 603


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    My parents were only teenagers themselves in the 70's and just starting to drive, so I couldn't tell you much. I recall my dad said his first car was a 1950-something Chevy Delray, that was bright yellow. He told me the engine went right after he got it, and he worked three jobs one summer to save up for a new one. :)

    My mom told me once she drove a white Datsun car for a few years - until the parking brake failed one day and it rolled backwards into a lake. :p Her parents kept it on their property until just a few years back all that time. Looked something like this, IIRC

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