The 1970s were a trying time for the automotive industry as rising fuel costs squeezed consumers amid a recession. The market for big and burly sports cars had dried up, and automakers were attempting to build compact cars that were still fun to drive and economical. But in recent years, these cars have developed a loyal following and performance community worth looking into.
Then you have some cars that just confused consumers, such as the Pinto-based Ford Mustang II. These vehicles were frowned upon when they were new but have crept up in value. Some of these cars weren’t even positioned as sports cars at the time but have since gained a new following. We looked at 10 examples from the 1970s that were actually worth it, plus 20 more that were just as bad as you remember.
30: AMC Gremlin (Worth It)
When you think of a sports car, you don’t think of the Gremlin; it was far from it. But as the automotive industry evolved and consumer tastes continue to change, the Gremlin has become a collector’s item. With a few modern enhancements, the Gremlin can become an actually powerful sports car (via Motor Trend).
The platform has a short wheelbase that can support a V8 power plant fairly easily. Anyone who knows anything about cars knows that is a lethal combination for performance. The Gremlin had some attractive styling and a unique look that you won’t find anywhere else in the classic car segment.