Red Marlin 70s cars

A drive down memory lane

It’s been revealed that traffic levels are reducing to early 1970s levels as a result of the current lockdown.

In these uncertain times, looking back can provide a sense of reassurance and also remind us that things we once took for granted we will never take for granted again.

However, for those not old enough to remember, the 70s was the decade that gave us bell bottoms, the Space Hopper and the Raleigh Chopper bicycle, undoubtedly the coolest bike ever to grace a leafy cul-de-sac.

A loaf of bread was as little as 10p, bacon was a snip at 34p, a pint of lager was a cool 20p, while you could enjoy a bottle of wine for just £1.

Quiche was riding the crest of a wave as one of the most popular dishes, while spam was also a household staple. For those a little more adventurous, then holding a fondue party was all the rage.

The hit TV shows included Happy Days, The Rockford Files, Dad’s Army, The Sweeney, Fawlty Towers and Coronation Street, which is still as popular as ever.

Movie fans were also in for a treat with such blockbusters as Jaws, The Exorcist, The Godfather and Grease. It was also the first time that Star Wars was seen on the silver screen, but whatever became of that!

On the automotive front, the UK motoring public were spoilt for choice with some truly iconic motors.

Indeed, according to Honest John Classics, the top 10 selling cars were the:

  1. Ford Cortina
  2. Ford Escort
  3. Morris Marina
  4. Mini
  5. Vauxhall Viva
  6. Austin Allegro
  7. Ford Capri
  8. Austin 1100/1300
  9. Ford Granada
  10. Hillman and Chrysler Avenger


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