Lost Cars of the 1970s (Paperback)

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Lost Cars of the 1970s (Paperback)


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Sixty diverse cars, sixty fascinating stories, sixty contrasting specifications, just one uniting factor: they’re all forgotten, neglected or misunderstood classics.

The casualties and sideshows of motoring history from around the world finally get the recognition they deserve. Revisit a motoring decade when fuel economy was top priority, the rotary engine rose and fell, and car-buyers wanted a hatchback and the latest styling and safety features. Those that made the grade found global popularity – now meet the cars left behind.

Italy’s clever plan to update the Mini; the French GT coupé with an extra seat; America’s electric runabout that paved the way for Tesla; Britain’s stylish, homespun sports cars; the Japanese limo meant to do 25mph; the ‘safety car’ turned into a Polish workhorse… each one enjoys a detailed review giving the context and thinking around them.

The terrific archive images also highlight thirty 1970s design specials and one-offs – even more amazing cars pointing to a future that never quite came true.

GILES CHAPMAN is an award-winning motoring writer. He has edited and written for numerous car magazines, and contributed to national newspapers. His books include My Dad Had One Of Those, Chapman’s Car Compendium, Cars We Loved in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and 100 Cars Britain Can Be Proud Of. He lives in Kent.

Product Details ISBN: 9780750999441
ISBN-10: 0750999446
Publisher: The History Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2023
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Lost Cars