After the gas-guzzling muscle cars of the 1960s, it’s not surprising that American car buyers turned toward compact cars during the energy crises of the 1970s. However, that doesn't mean that vehicles weren't just as amazing as those that came before—there are still plenty of models from the 70s that would go on to become true, iconic classics! Although, there were a few duds along the was as well (we're looking at you, Ford Pinto). But whether they were just plain famous or downright infamous, these cars are all iconic for one reason or another! Here are some of the most memorable automotive designs of the decade.
1971 Chevrolet Vega
The Vega was a lesson in reputation. Initially lauded and an award winner (Motor Trend Car of the Year), the Vega eventually ran into reliability and safety concerns, as well as a tendency to rust.
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