AT THE AUCTION: Cool Cars From The 1970s

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Get out your bell bottoms: From the November 2014 McCormick’s Classic Car Auction in Palm Springs comes this gallery of some greatest hits of the 1970s. And what better way to lead off than this blue-and-gold screaming chicken on a Trans Am.

This Trans Am harkens from 1979. Looks like even the front air dam beneath the bumper is holding up well.

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Love that hood scoop rising from a nearly flat hood, along with the holes in the fender to ventilate the heat.

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Back from the beginning of the decade comes another performance car, a Mercury Cyclone Spoiler.

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Front contours are concave enough that you’d think the Cyclone’s designers wanted to gather air and push it forward.

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A contrast is this mid-decade Mercedes S-Class, with a giant bumper underpinning a smoothed-out facade.

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Speaking of big bumpers, this 1973 Buick Riviera has one too.

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In fact most big American cars had bumpers on which you could hang a hammock. Cadillac

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…and Lincoln.

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That Lincoln really shone in the sun.

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The detailing was cool, like the filigree on the molding.

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It looked good inside, too. Leather appeared original and intact.

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For slightly smaller personal luxury, you might have looked to something mid-sized, like this Chrysler Cordoba.

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Landau bar? Check. Opera window? Check. Carriage light? Check. Vinyl half-roof covering? Check. Luxury had!

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Neat deep-dish turbine wheel covers add an authoritative look.

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The view over the hood has lots of dips and valleys, and a coin stands at the end.

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Brown patterned velour says 1970s all the way through.

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See that Buick in the Cordoba’s window reflection? That’s this sweet Estate Wagon from 1973.

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My buddy and I were split on whether or not the faux wood was original or restored, but otherwise this one had few disappointments. Seats were in great shape.

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Cars of the 1970s are fascinating, especially if you grew up in that time. From Trans Ams to personal luxury coupes to a choice woody wagon, we’ve covered a lot bases here. Tune in next time for another decade and more cool cars.

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