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15 ’70s unicorn classics

Classic & Sports Car Logo By David Finlay of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 31: Is it us, or are the 1970s all of a sudden starting to feel like a long time ago? It is now half a century since 1971… So let’s look back on some of the decade’s now hardest-to-find classics. We established in late 2020 that the Classic & Sports Car definition of a ‘unicorn’ car is one which, though it may once have been very popular, survives now in very small numbers. Here we’re looking at unicorns which were on sale predominantly in the 1970s, though in some cases there is seepage into the decades on either side. For figures demonstrating rarity, we’re relying on the splendid How Many Left? website, which harvests information from the UK’s Department for Transport. In each case we’re including cars which are registered or have a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). The figures are the latest available at the time of writing, and apply to the third quarter of 2020.

’70s survivors

Is it us, or are the 1970s all of a sudden starting to feel like a long time ago? It is now half a century since 1971… So let’s look back on some of the decade’s now hardest-to-find classics.

We established in late 2020 that the Classic & Sports Car definition of a ‘unicorn’ car is one which, though it may once have been very popular, survives now in very small numbers.

Here we’re looking at unicorns which were on sale predominantly in the 1970s, though in some cases there is seepage into the decades on either side.

For figures demonstrating rarity, we’re relying on the splendid How Many Left? website, which harvests information from the UK’s Department for Transport. In each case we’re including cars which are registered or have a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). The figures are the latest available at the time of writing, and apply to the third quarter of 2020.

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