10 Underrated Sports Cars Of The ’70s

10 Underrated Sports Cars Of The ’70s


V roku 1975 po smrti originálneho Lotusu Europa prišla táto automobilka s novým produktom založeným na predĺženej platforme Europy. Predával sa celosvetovo, i keď Američania dostali verziu s nižším výkonom kvôli emisiám. Navyše oficiálne technické parametre boli príliš optimistické a auto bolo oveľa pomalšie než na papieri. V strede uloženým osemvalcom poháňaný štvormiestny športiak? Jedinečná kombinácia, ktorá zahŕňala dvoj- alebo trojlitrový motor. Automobil bol celkom ľahký a dokonca aj s menším motorom dokázal prekonať 210 km/h. Bolo to prvé Ferrari s osemvalcom a aj prvé navrhnuté štúdiom Bertone namiesto Pininfarina. Merak súperil na trhu s 308 GT4 a Lamborghini Urraco. Avšak na rozdiel od tých Maserati prišlo s kompaktnejším šesťvalcovým motorom, ktorý mohol byť uložený pozdĺžne. Vtedy značku vlastnil Citroen, čo viedlo k využitiu ich hydropneumatického systému pre viaceré zariadenia – brzdy, spojka, vyklápacie svetlomety. Na rozdiel od konkurentov Urraco prišlo až s tromi motormi namiesto dvoch. Dvojliter bol nutnosťou ako lacnejšia alternatíva z cieľom vyhnutiu sa vysokým talianskym daňovým zaťaženiam nad 2,0 litra. Každopádne žiaden rival nebol dostupný s V8 s bublavým zvukom točiacim až 7500 ot./min. Urraco bolo tiež relatívne rýchle i s najmenším motorom dosahujúc zrýchlenie 0-100 km/h za 7,2 sekundy. Ak sa opýtate mňa, toto je moje naj auto zo zoznamu. Pantera je kombinácia krásneho talianskeho dizajnu s americkými svalmi v podobe Fordu. Na výber boli tri jednotky: Ford 302 Windsor, 351 Cleveland a 351 Windsor, každý z nich dostupný v inom časovom období. Dovedna sa vyrobilo 7300 kusov. Počas 70. rokov bol v Brazílii zakázaný import áut, čo viedlo brazílsku pobočku VW k tvorbe modelu SP2. Bol nástupcom starnúcej Karmann Ghie. Voz bol poháňaný známymi vzduchom chladenými plochými štvorvalcami, ktoré však boli vynovené. To navyše upútalo pozornosť médii. Priznajme si, vyzerá výborne a veľmi originálne. ale v roku 1976 predstavili i šesťvalcovú verziu s motorom PRV, ktorý je dobre známy z modelu DeLorean DMC-12. Tento Alpine vyzeral skôr ako auto zo 80. rokov než sedemdesiatych. Pôvodne bol dostupný iba štvorvalec, S takým motorom uloženým vzadu to malo jazdeckú charakteristiku prvých Porsche 911. Auto navyše pripadá veľké, ale v skutočnosti s dĺžkou 4,18 m je relatívne malé. Originálny Mustang bol mierený na mladú klientelu, avšak chlapi vo Forde si rýchlo uvedomili, že výkonnejší variant je potrebný. Vďaka tomu prišlo stvorenie menom Mach 1. Toto je druhá generácia a zo zoznamu príplatkov bolo možné si objednať kapotu s dvomi prieduchmi, ktorá pracovala v kooperácii s príplatkovým náporovým saním. Porsche 914 bolo pôvodne vyvíjané v spolupráci s Volkswagenom a mali sa predávať ako Porsche so šesťvalcom a Volkswagen s menšími štvorvalcami. Avšak na návrh Porsche bola táto idea zatrhnutá ako prevencia pred obchodnými rizikom v Severnej Amerike. Teraz je to vlastne jediný pravý predchodca modelov Boxster a Cayman. Podobne ako Toyota MR2, FIAT X1/9 bol postavený okolo motora a prevodovky z prednokolky, v tomto prípade z FIATu 128. Bol navrhnutý tak dobre, že rezervné koleso s palivovou nádržou boli umiestnené pred motorom, čo prenechalo dostatok miesta pre predný i zadný kufor. Ovládal sa výborne, bol navrhnutý štúdiom Bertone a od začiatok sa myslelo na predaje v Amerike s ohľadom na tamojšie normy.

100 Replies to “10 Underrated Sports Cars Of The ’70s”

  1. I'd never heard of the VW SP2, very nice little sports car, that, much prettier than the 914. Is there such thing as a Dino v8?. Is it a modern thing that Dino is given as a name to only v6's?. The Pantera has long been a favourite of mine with it's big old american v8. Can we have some more vids like this please, I could watch these beauties all day, every day.

  2. The VW SP2 looks very similar to the Porsche 924, which was conceived as a VW, but turned into a Porsche.

    Also, wasn't the PRV V6 (from the Alpine) the basis for the XJ220 engine? I thought the De Lorean was a GM V6, but I guess I need to go do some research.

  3. Except for the Volkswagen SP2 and alpine A310 I disagree that these are underrated.
    Check out the Porsche Tapiro, Monteverdi Hai, Lamborghini Flying Star II, Alfa 1600 Junior Zagato, BMW 2002 GT4 to name a few.

  4. I wonder why old cars sound that good, event with few horses. If you buy a 60/80hp car nowadays it surely won't sound like this.

    Is it the exhaust they had? Or something else?

  5. I'm surprised you overlooked the Geo Metro. I had one that would go 80 mph flat out. I surprised quite a few 50cc scooters light to light. I had plans to install a supercharger until I discovered the thing wouldn't fit. Disappointed, I sold it to a girl and bought a Honda Helix.

  6. 10 underrated sports cars. First one: "..official performance specs were too optimistic and the car turned out to be a lot slower."
    Doesn't that make it an overrated sports car?

  7. urraco: James may
    308 dino: Richard Hammond
    merak: Jeremy clarkson
    like if you knew the episode where they drove these

  8. my car consume 20 -30L/100KM …when i drive from 0 to 55 km in city and traffic
    but when i drive on straight street and the speed is 100 -120km it consumes 4.4-6L/100 KM
    IST THE GRAVITY.?

  9. I would call the Italian and British sportscars in this video overrated. Unreliable shit. I would love to see an VW SP2 with a 912 engine though.

  10. wait! WHO underrates a Detomaso Pantera?
    and why arent they being verbally abused and shamed..
    the SP2?
    65hp+sports car dont really add up, unless maybe..nope anything im thinking of is more a track day car not a sports car..
    mustang is a muscle car not a..FFS forget it
    why not through a chevy vega in there too..

  11. Quite surprised to see our VW SP2 on this list!

    Here in Brazil it's considered an Icon, the holy grail of air cooled VWs. hahah
    Sure, it's not powerful, some jerks even said that "SP" in it's name meant "Sem Potência" wich translates to "No Power ". hahaha

    It's design is based on Porsches of that era, and to this day it's still recognized as one of the most beautiful VWs ever created.

    The european VW headquarters tried to get their hands on the project, as it gathered international attention back then, but for some reason brazilian HQ refused, and it became a Brazilian-only release.

  12. seeing that green Lamborghini Urraco made me think of the one that was on Wheeler Dealers; then I looked at the Video Source Credit. it WAS the Green Urraco featured on Wheeler Dealers!

  13. A Uracco has about 180 hp and costs about 80k second hand. Wouldn't that make it one of the overrated sports cars of the 70s?

  14. An underrated and very undervalued car of the 1970s is the Vauxhall Firenza HPF "Droopsnoot". Whether you'd call it a 'sportscar' is questionable – it's not in the same league as those here, but it looks great, goes fairly well, is extremely rare (just 204 built, now only a handful left), has some great racing heritage, and is easily better than a Capri or Escort, which these days can fetch silly money in concours condition. https://youtu.be/YBkM3OFDBv0

  15. The first one has a four cylinder engine, 108hp, & four bolt wheels. That's not a sports car. The second one looks exactly like the first one, but with a v8, cranking out 208hp, so maybe it's a sports car, but it still has four bolt wheels. Never heard of a Lamborghini Urraco. They must have been underrated. (hahahaha) The Pantera was definitely a sports car, though. I've seen one of those Brazilian VWs before, but thought it was just a newer Karmann Ghia, which I reckon, technically, it is. A Renault with a v6 with Hilborn injectors?? Mach1 Mustang, finally an actual musclecar, (It's also the first one you showed with an American tag on it,) but the HP rating is incorrect, drop a 460 in there, then you have a Pony with some balls. Porsche 914? Not a sports car, just a wanna be sports car. Ugly little underpowered Fiat? Seriously? I don't know, man. Maybe I just have a jaded view of things. But to me, if it has a four cylinder engine, four bolt wheels, and a plastic bumper, it's a shitbox. How about a 71 Plymouth Cuda with a 426 hemi in it, that's a musclecar. How about a Ford GT40?

  16. I dont think they're underrated , I mean , who says so .
    Don't let things you hear or read affect you ..
    Most media in any form whatsoever is crap
    Peoples opinions are for a great deal based upon others ..

  17. Calling the Esprit, Mach1 Dino , Alpine A310 underrated is absolute bollocks.
    And in the case of the Esprit it's really overrated as they were underpowered and underperforming. Yet James Bond drove one, so that's not underrated then is it.
    the Mach 1 is not even a sports car, it's a muscle car that get's thrown off in a slight curve, never mind actual corners.

    the Porsche 924, that's an underrated Sportscar, because really it handled like a dream and is really good fun to drive.

  18. The De Tomaso Pantera is definitely not a forgotten car and that Mach one should be forgotten because it's a piece of shit

  19. The De Tomaso Pantera is one of THE most BAD ass looking cars ever, and I have felt that way since I saw the first image of one. MANY awesome cars have come out since then, but the pantera is still HIGH on my most wanted list 🙂

  20. Being the proud owner of a 76' x1/9 i can say it is truly a one of a kind driving experience! May not be the quickest thing but oh just get it into some corners 😉

  21. And the fastest 4 door production car of the early 70's was??? Built where?? Grow up and look outside the Northern Hemisphere dickheads!

  22. One obvious omission in this collection is the Fiat Dino (1967-1972) ….. fabulous Ferrari V6 and gorgeous styling. Admittedly, it wasn't officially sold in the US, but great car nevertheless.

  23. Read an article in a magazine where a guy restored a Merak. Fascinating, but apparently scarily complex to work at

  24. Re Lotus Esprit. When I worked for the factory, back in the day, I test drove one of these. It was the most appalling, rattly, slow cars going. It felt like I was racing, but I was only at 60mph or so. A couple of years later, when I worked elsewhere, I tried again. It was the smoothest, most amazing car, so I bought it. It was the most expensive/most unreliable car I ever owned. I cried about it all next year until I sold it. Looked stunning though, thanks to Giugiaro.

  25. Oh Christ, you have another disastrous car I bought! The Renault Alpine. I bought one a couple of years old and sold it a year later because the chassis was rusted right through; apparently it was made out of alu-foil, tissue paper and snot. That's why Renault ceased to build sports cars, thank God!

  26. That little VW from Brazil is a stunning car to look at! From the rear it looks to me like a Jensen Interceptor III crossed with an early 911. Also, the Merak shares its engine and running gear with the Citroen SM, which is drop dead gorgeous but mechanically nightmarish, and also in my opinion underrated. I did see a Bora at a show a few years back and was shocked at just how small the car was, yet taken by its beauty. The owner had picked it up at an estate sale for less then eight thousand US.

  27. Hey where is the Bricklin SV1? Don't know what it is watch utube video "Greg drives the Bricklin", "Bricklin documentary", and other youtube videos.

  28. There used to be lots of 914s and X1/9s around here (Vancouver, Canada), but it's a long time since I've seen any.

    I've always loved the SP2, but I see no significant probability of ever owning one… 🙁

  29. Very surprising to find the VW SP2 in this list. As an additional info, I remember that a few SP2s could have Porsche engines, adapted by the Porsche importer for Brazil in the 70's, Dacon.

  30. Link to a Maserati Indy SS Stick for sale…

    https://okaloosa.craigslist.org/cto/d/miramar-beach-73-maserati-indy-49-ss/6821124964.html

  31. Cars of old were so beautiful.

    The 90s and early 2000s sucked the worst designs

    Now they are again so pretty with 3d printing and all.

  32. The X19 isn't underrated…..it was a true shitheap of an excuse for a "sports car."
    Where was the Matra Bagheera?….That was vastly underrated!

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