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70 Plate: The best cars of the 70's

As the plates change to the 70's we take the opportunity to look back, reflect and reimagine the best cars of the '70s.

5) JAGUAR XJ-S Series I (1975)

Could anything really replace the Jaguar E-Type, well the XJ-S with its walnut interior and its 5.3L V12 engine powering it from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds, stepped up to do just that. 

The Jaguar XJ-S is the longest-running model with production spanning 20 years and 7 months selling 115,413 units. 

Modern Equivalent 

JAGUAR F-TYPE 5.0 V8 SUPERCHARGED PROJECT 7 QUICKSHIFT 2DR

4) RANGE ROVER CLASSIC (1970)

A 4x4 fit for a lord. The classic Range Rover first came into production 'technically' in 1969 but production ramped in the '70s. It was a 2 door workhorse which was designed to be a more comfortable ride to the Land Rover but still as easy to wash out and clean, As the sales market widened the sales talk around hosing them out was dropped in-place of luxury and comfort.

Launched as the 'Car for all reasons' hitting top speeds of 100MPH on the road while having proven off-road capabilities; Winning the Paris-Dakar Rally in both 1979 and 1981. 

Modern Equivalent 

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER 3.0 TD V6 VOGUE AUTO 4WD (S/S) 5DR

3) BMW 3.0 CSL - The 'Batmobile'

The 6 times European Touring Car Champion and the only car to really earn the nickname the BatMobile, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a true classic of the 1970s. Garnering 180HP from its 3L 6-cylinder inline engine; it topped out at 132mph and smashed 0-62mph in 7.3s. 

Band in Germany for its racing body kit, BMW took to putting the race mods in the boot of the 3.0 CSL for the owners to screw on at home.

Modern Equivalent 

BMW M4 3.0 BITURBO 30 JAHRE EDITION DCT (S/S) 2DR

2) Aston Martin V8 Vantage (1977)

Dubbed the first British supercar with is roaring V8 producing 390BHP, delivering a top speed of 170MPH hurtling it from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds (faster than a Ferrari Daytona). The Aston Martin V8 Vantage has to be close to our top cars from the 1970s, and with only 534 built it has to be one of the rarest. 

Modern Equivalent

ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE 4.7 V8 S CENTENARY ROADSTER SPORTSHIFT 2DR

1) Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The only car on our list that really has stood the test of time, The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen seems to reinvent its self from decade to decade, but still holds the almost identical shape and style of the original which entered production in 1979.

Its Mercedes-Benz’s longest-running model (over 40 years of continued production) and as such is a pure classic in our eyes, built originally as a military vehicle in 1972, it wasn't until the Shah of Iran mentioned the idea of a civilian version that the G-class was born.

Modern Equivalent

MERCEDES-BENZ G CLASS 5.5 G63 BITURBO AMG G-TRONIC+ 4WD (S/S) 5DR