American Car Spotters Guide - 1970

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American Car Spotters Guide - 1970


The 1970s proved to be a decade of tumultuous change for the automobile industry in the United States. Caught first in the economic turmoil of high interest rates, high inflation, and price control and then in the energy crises of 1973-1974 and 1979, the automobile industry bore the brunt of the changes brought upon the U.S. economy. In addition to the domestic economic situation, U.S. automakers also faced a changed international market, with more competition from foreign manufacturers. The decade started badly with a paralyzing strike by the United Auto Workers (UAW) during 1970. As a result production at the four major automakers - General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and AMC reduced by over one million vehicles, 10 percent below 1969 figures.

In addition to the strike, automakers were faced with a buying public that was increasingly resistant to price increases and high interest rates. While the going was tough for local manufacturers, foreign carmakers managed to sell one hundred thousand more cars in the United States during 1970 than they had in 1969. The import market share rose from 11.4 percent to 14 percent, almost all of the increase due to the increasing popularity of small, inexpensive cars such as the Volkswagen Beetle and the Toyota Corolla. Domestic makers countered with small-car models of their own, with the AMC Gremlin, Chevrolet Vega, and Ford Pinto leading the way in 1971. Another response by the Big Four U.S. automakers was to streamline their catalogue, and the number of different models offered by the domestic manufacturers shrank in the 1971 model year from 37 to 331, the lowest number since 1962.

Also see: The American Muscle Car Era - 1970
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1970 AMC Ambassador 4 Door
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AMC Ambassador 4 Door

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1970 AMC AMX
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AMC AMX

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1970 AMC AMX
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AMC AMX

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1970 AMC Gremlin
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AMC Gremlin

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AMC Gremlin
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AMC Gremlin

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Always looking for a way to stretch research and development dollars, American Motors used the Hornet platform and body shell to create one of the first American-built subcompacts — the AMC Gremlin, which arrived in the spring of 1970. The Gremlin went on to become American Motors' best-selling passenger car with well over 700,000 units sold before the end of production in 1978.
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1970 AMC Gremlin X
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AMC Gremlin X

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1970 AMC Hornet
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AMC Hornet

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1970 AMC Javelin
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AMC Javelin

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1970 AMC Rebel 4 Door
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AMC Rebel 4 Door

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1970 AMC Rebel SST 4 Door
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AMC Rebel SST 4 Door

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1970 AMC Rebel SST Wagon
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AMC Rebel SST Wagon

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1970 AMC Rebel Wagon
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AMC Rebel Wagon

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1970 Austin 1300 America
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Austin 1300 America

  Also see: Austin Road Tests and Reviews
   
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1970 Austin America
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Austin America

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1970 Bricklen SV1
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Bricklen SV1

   
   
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1970 Bricklen SV1
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Bricklen SV1

   
   
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1970 Buick Apollo
USA

Buick Apollo

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1970 Buick GS455
USA

Buick GS455

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1970 Buick GS GS455 Stage I Coupe
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Buick GS GS455 Stage I Coupe

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1970 Buick GSX
USA

Buick GSX

  Also see: Buick Road Tests and Reviews | Buick Brochures
   
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1970 Buick Wildcat
USA

Buick Wildcat

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1970 Cadillac Calais
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Cadillac Calais

  Also see: Cadillac Road Tests and Reviews | Cadillac Brochures
   
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1970 Cadillac Coupe deVille
USA

Cadillac Coupe deVille

  Also see: Cadillac Road Tests and Reviews | Cadillac Brochures
   
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1970 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
USA

Cadillac DeVille Convertible

  Also see: Cadillac Road Tests and Reviews | Cadillac Brochures
   
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1970 Cadillac Eldorado
USA

Cadillac Eldorado

  Also see: Cadillac Road Tests and Reviews | Cadillac Brochures
   
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1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special
USA

Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special

  Also see: Cadillac Road Tests and Reviews | Cadillac Brochures
   
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1970 Chevy Camaro
USA

Chevrolet Camaro

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Sport
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Chevrolet Chevelle Sport

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1970 Chevrolet Monte  Carlo
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Chevrolet Monte Carlo

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1970 Chevrolet Monte  Carlo
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Chevrolet Monte Carlo

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1970 Chevrolet Malibu Convertible
USA

Chevrolet Malibu Convertible

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1970 Chevrolet Nova Sport Rally
USA

Chevrolet Nova Sport Rally

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1970 Chevrolet Suburban
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Chevrolet Suburban

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1970 Chrysler 300 Convertible
USA

Chrysler 300 Convertible

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1970 Chrysler Centaur GLX
USA

Chrysler Centaur GLX

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1970 Chrysler Newport
USA

Chrysler Newport

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1970 Chrysler Newport Cordoba
USA

Chrysler Newport Cordoba

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1970 Dodge Challenger RT
USA

Dodge Challenger RT

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1970 Dodge Challenger SE
USA

Dodge Challenger SE

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1970 Dodge Dart
USA

Dodge Dart

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1970 Dodge Monaco
USA

Dodge Monaco

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1970 Dodge Monaco 4 Door Hardtop
USA

Dodge Monaco 4 Door Hardtop

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1970 Dodge Monaco 2 Door
USA

Dodge Monaco 2 Door

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1970 Dodge Monaco Station Wagon
USA

Dodge Monaco Station Wagon

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1970 Ford Thunderbird
USA

Ford Thunderbird

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews | Ford Brochures
   
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1970 Ford Thunderbird Brougham Coupe
USA

Ford Thunderbird Brougham Coupe

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews | Ford Brochures
   
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1970 Ford Torino
USA

Ford Torino

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews | Ford Brochures
   
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1970 Ford Torino
USA

Ford Torino

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews | Ford Brochures
   
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1970 Ford Torino Cobra
USA

Ford Torino Cobra

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews | Ford Brochures
   
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1970 Ford Torino Sportsroof
USA

Ford Torino Sportsroof

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews | Ford Brochures
   
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1970 GMC Jimmy
USA

GMC Jimmy

   
 
In 1970, GMC introduced its version of the Chev K5 Blazer, called the Jimmy, which lasted until the 1992 GMC Yukon. Both were based on the short wheelbase trucks and were available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Blazer's long wheelbase relative (with an integrated rear body, and doors for 2nd row passengers) was known as the Chevrolet Suburban.
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1970 Imperial Lebaron 4 Door
USA

Imperial Lebaron 4 Door

   
   
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1970 Imperial Sedan
USA

Imperial Sedan

   
   
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1970 Jeep Wagoneer
USA

Jeep Wagoneer

  Also see: Jeep Road Tests and Reviews | Jeep Brochures
   
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1970 Lincoln Continental
USA

Lincoln Continental

  Also see: Lincoln Road Tests and Reviews | Lincoln Brochures
   
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1970 Lincoln Mark 3
USA

Lincoln Mark 3

  Also see: Lincoln Road Tests and Reviews | Lincoln Brochures
   
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1970 Mercury Cyclone CJ
USA

Mercury Cyclone CJ

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler
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Mercury Cyclone Spoiler

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1970 Mercury Meteor S-33 convertible
USA

Mercury Meteor S-33 convertible

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1970 Mercury Meteor Sedan
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Mercury Meteor Sedan

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1970 Mercury Montego 2 Door Hardtop
USA

Mercury Montego 2 Door Hardtop

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1970 Mercury Montego 2 Door Hardtop
USA

Mercury Montego MX Brougham 4 Door Hardtop

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Pace Car
USA

Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Pace Car

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Holiday Coupe
USA

Oldsmobile Cutlass Holiday Coupe

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Holiday Sedan
USA

Oldsmobile Cutlass Holiday Sedan

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Rallye 350
USA

Oldsmobile Cutlass Rallye 350

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Rallye 350
USA

Oldsmobile Cutlass Rallye 350

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1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe
USA

Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1970 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale
USA

Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1970 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Indy
USA

Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Indy

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1970 Oldsmobile Toronado
USA

Oldsmobile Toronado

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible
USA

Plymouth Barracuda Convertible

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Barracuda Gran Coupe
USA

Plymouth Barracuda Gran Coupe

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Satellite
USA

Plymouth Belvedere Sport Satellite

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Cuda
USA

Plymouth Cuda

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Cuda
USA

Plymouth Cuda

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Cuda Hardtop
USA

Plymouth Cuda Hardtop

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Duster 340 Coupe
USA

Plymouth Duster 340 Coupe

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Fury
USA

Plymouth Fury

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth GTX
USA

Plymouth GTX

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Satellite Convertible
USA

Plymouth Satellite Convertible

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Satellite Sport 2 Door
USA

Plymouth Satellite Sport 2 Door

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Valiant
USA

Plymouth Valiant

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Plymouth Valiant Duster
USA

Plymouth Valiant Duster

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1970 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
USA

Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1970 Pontiac Bonneville Hardtop Sedan
USA

Pontiac Bonneville Hardtop Sedan

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1970 Pontiac Catalina Hardtop Coupe
USA

Pontiac Catalina Hardtop Coupe

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
 
All full-sized Pontiacs, including Catalinas, received a new Grand Prix-like V-nose grille for 1970 along with 'horns ports' on a facelifted front end and new taillights mounted in the rear bumper. Catalina sedans and coupes now came standard with a smaller 255-horsepower 350 cubic-inch Pontiac V8 as standard equipment with optional engines including the previously-standard 400 two-barrel rated at 265 and 290 horsepower (still standard on convertibles and Safari wagons), a 330-horsepower 400 four-barrel and a two versions of the new 455 cubic-inch V8 rated at 360 horsepower (270 kW) or 370 horses with the "HO" option.

As in past years, a three-speed manual transmission with column shift was standard equipment, but most cars were equipped with the optional three-speed Turbo Hydramatic. Also offered for 1970, but seldom ordered, was a two-speed automatic transmission (basically a Chevrolet Powerglide) that was available with the 350 V8.
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1970 Pontiac <a href=
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Pontiac Grand Prix SSJ Hurst

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1970 Pontiac <a href=
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Pontiac Grand Prix SSJ Hurst

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1970 Pontiac GTO
USA

Pontiac GTO

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
USA

Pontiac GTO Judge

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1970 Pontiac LeMans
USA

Pontiac LeMans

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1970 Pontiac LeMans Hardtop Sedan
USA

Pontiac LeMans Hardtop Sedan

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
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1970 Pontiac LeMans Sports Convertible
USA

Pontiac LeMans Sports Convertible

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
   
1970 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Brougham
1970 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Brougham.
1970 Chrysler
1970 Chrysler.
 1970 Plymouth Duster
1970 Plymouth Duster.
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge.
Scrambler
1970 Scrambler 6 Wheeler. It's not really a car, and it's not really a boat - but it's a lot of fun for the owner.
It's the Action-Age "Scrambler"
Scrambler 6 Wheeler
The "Scrambler" was launched in 1970 as a six-wheel all-terrain fun vehicle - and was mcnufactured by Action Age Inc. The Scrambler underwent an intensive testing programme before release and, as described by Action-Age was "the highest refinement" in off-the-road mobility. Ideal for hunters, sportsmen and families funning the Scrambler was designed to operate in snow, sand, water or on rough terrain. It was powered by a lightweight aluminium air-cooled 4-cycle Briggs and Stratton engine. Speeds ranged up to 25 mph on land and 2 mph when used as an amphibian vehicle. With a load capacity of 500 lb. the Scrambler could comfortably seat three adults or up to five youngsters in its tandem bucket seats. The vehicle's rugged body was made of fibreglass reinforced plastic and was available in red, black, white or yellow moulded-in colors, or any combination of these colors. All six wheels were powered by a chain and sprocket drive train through a variable speed automatic torque converter. Patented Scrambler overload clutches were at each wheel eliminating sheer pins and guarding against drive component damage. The Scrambler pivots in its own length, rather than steering in a conventional manner. This breakthrough in manoeuvrability was accomplished by a steering wheel that actuated hydraulically controlled disc clutches. Moving the steering wheel to the right disengaged, then braked all three right wheels while the left wheels powered the vehicle, and vice versa. Other mechanical features included a foot pedal accelerator, a three-way control that functioned as an engine "kill" switch, choke and fuel shutoff; foot pedal operated hydraulic braking system, and dash-mounted standard ignition switch. The Scrambler was equipped with shock-absorbing 11x20 Scrambler Ultra Flex tyres with spring steel load transfer system, sealed beam headlights, and a two-gallon fuel tank which permitted approximately four hours of continuous operation. The Scrambler's design incorporated an unusually low centre of gravity in its 54 1/8 in. wheelbase for even weight distribution. The lower centre of gravity also meant that passengers sat lower and enjoyed greater protection from the vehicle's sturdy fibreglass body. A polyethylene abrasion shield on the bottom of the vehicle, providing extra protection in the roughest terrain, was an added construction feature. The steering wheel also gave the driver a more natural and stable position than similar vehicles which are steered by levers.
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