How many of these cars from the 1970s do you recognise?

If you drove a car back in the 1970s was it one of these? Or perhaps you just remember them being on the roads when you were little?

Classic car enthusiast Ian Edwards from Mountain Ash snapped these models in Trecco Bay, Porthcawl, back in 1974, while on holiday at his nan’s caravan.

“My Nan had a caravan down Porthcawl, and like many youngsters from the valleys in the ’60s and ’70s, I spent all my summers there,” he said.

Ian’s love of cars has continued through the years and he has organised the classic car Butty Bay run from Aberdare to Porthcawl and back again, since 2008.

Have a good look at these models from a time when speeds were slower and in-car entertainment was basic, to say the least. How many do you recognise?

Austin 1800

Austin 1800

Europe’s Car of the Year for 1965, the Austin 1800 looked a bit different from other cars when it appeared in 1964 with its unconventionally large windows and chrome features. By 1972 there was already a Mark III version.

Chrysler 180

Chrysler 180

This large saloon car was produced from 1970 to 1975 in France and later in Spain. Did your family own one?

Ford Escort

Ford Escort

This model looks rather more basic than the ones most of us remember from a few years later. In 1974 the second generation Ford Escort was introduced into the UK to replace the Escort Mark I with the squarer-styled Mark II version appearing in January 1975. They were both successful rallying cars.

Hillman Hunter

Hillman Hunter

The first models of the Hillman were launched on the domestic market in October 1966. Who remembers the Hillman Imp? The compact car – which looked nothing like the Hunter – was made in direct competition to the Mini. Talking of which….

Mini Clubman Estate

Mini Clubman Estate

The Mini Clubman Estate was a larger version of the popular Mini. The Clubman replaced the Countryman and Traveller and was built by British Leyland

Morris Marina 1.8 Super Delux Coupe

Morris Marina 1.8 Super Delux Coupe

There were plenty of Marinas about in the ’70s despite being having the dubious honour of being described as one of the worst cars of all time. It proved very popular car in Britain, just beating the Ford Escort as the best-selling car in the UK in 1973.

Moskvich 412

Moskvich 412

This small family car was produced by a Soviet manufacturer from ’67-’76 and at first glance looks not unlike the Lada. In the UK sales peaked in 1973 when around 14,500 cars were sold.

Opel Manta

Opel Manta

The Opel Manta, a rear-wheel-drive sports coupé, had a distinctively more sporty look and feel to it. It was built by Opel from 1970 to 1988.

Saab 99

Saab 99

A compact executive car produced from 1968 to 1984 with slightly more exotic Swedish styling. In 1970 the interior became more luxurious but the 99 was eventually replaced by the Saab 90 and the Saab 900.

Triumph Herald

Trimuph Herald

Another sporty looking car. The small two-door Triumph Herald was introduced in 1959 and around half a million of them were sold. It was available as a saloon, convertible, coupé, van and estate model.

Triumph Toledo

Trimuph Toledo

A compact car built by British Leyland from ’70-’76. The interior was rather more superior than other small cars at a time when black plastic was all the rage.

Vauxhall Viva

Vauxhall Viva
Vauxhall Viva

This small family car from Vauxhall graced many a drive back in the day. It ceased production in 1979 but a new Vauxhall Viva city car is set to launch later this year, replacing the Vauxhall Agila and as a rival to the Ford Ka.

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