It might not compare favourably to the oft-rose tinted memories of the style-driven, 'swinging' sixties, but the 1970s aren't to be overlooked when it comes to automotive achievements.
For a start, Ford launched the now omnipresent Fiesta - a car that opened the brand up to a whole new range of buyers, and got more Britons on the move.
And, of course, we mustn't forget perhaps the model hailed by many as the greatest car ever built - the Range Rover. The technology used to build it might be a million miles away from what we're used to today, but the brand new model owes a massive debt of gratitude to the original.
We even had an invasion from Peugeot - buying up Chrysler's Coventry-based plant, they went on to produce a whole manner of different French-designed models in this country.
Motorways continued to take over our landscape, too - with Leeds in West Yorkshire even calling its self 'Motorway City of the 70s' as its inner ring road was completed.
To give the unloved 1970s a bit of an extra boost, we've come up with the top motoring milestones of the decade, and condensed them down to a list of just five.
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