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First production car with driver and passenger airbags 1974 Oldsmobile Toronado

While airbags have been an almost ubiquitous safety feature on cars since the 1990s, their origins can be traced back to American engineer John Hetrick in 1952. In the spring of that year, Hetrick, his wife and his seven-year-old daughter were out for a Sunday drive in their 1948 Chrysler Windsor. Cresting a hill, Hetrick encountered a rock in the road and swerved to avoid it.

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European-spec 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI

With a nod to hippy psychedelia, Porsche’s colour palette in the late 1960s and early 1970s was as wild and edgy as they come, complementing evolutions in the 911’s styling and engineering. This early Carrera 2.7 ticks all the boxes. What’s more, it could be yours…

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1974 Guyson E12

It was a car that was literally and figuratively created by accident. Guyson International MD, Jim Thompson, was a keen hillclimb racer. However, for all his apparent skill behind the wheel, even he couldn’t stop his V12 Jaguar E-type from connecting with something immovable one dark and stormy night in 1973.

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1974 BMW 2002 Restomod

When a nostalgic enthusiast brought his ailing BMW into Yves Decan’s Belgian workshop, he wanted a 1970s street racer. Looks like he got it.

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1974 Purvis Eureka Sport

It was an act of rebellion. Nothing made in Australia could match the exotic, space-age-looking exterior of the Purvis Eureka shown at the 1974 Melbourne Motor Show. The Eureka name came from Founder Allan Purvis, a determined man who — the story goes — was told that it would never make it past Australian Design Rules. Like a red flag to a bull, Purvis took a chance on the fiber-glass sports car to show that a small local operation could overcome both the bureaucracy and critics of the kit-car industry with a truly desirable unique product.

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1974 Fiat 124 CC Sport Coupe ‘Rally’

Looking for all the world like a works rally car – and driving like one too – this clever custom Fiat 124 Coupe in fact borrows from the 124 Abarth Spider Rally playbook

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1974 Datsun 240Z

Follow-up to the lithe 240Z had to face the challenge of extra ballast

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Cosworth YB-powered turbo 1974 Ford Capri 3.0S Mk2

With the help of his friends, classic Ford fan James Walden has put together a YB turbo-powered Mk2 Capri with a show car finish…

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1974 Bolwell Nagari Convertible Mk VIII

This Series 8 Bolwell Nagari came to George May some thirty-four years ago. In fact he rebuilt it from a wreck. A young George put so many new parts into the car that it might have been easier to start from scratch. Since then it has never been in an accident, has never had a respray, and has never been driven in the rain.

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Daytona-dwelling 1974 Porsche 911 RSR 3.0

The drivers who competed with them say they’re the best, most reliable Porsches manufactured. We sample a 1974 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 that competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona no fewer than four times

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Low-mileage 1974 Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Series 2 SWB

There’s more to preserving a low-mileage classic than mothballing it for several decades, as we discover when we drive this 1974 XJ6 Series 2 with less than 29k on the clock

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1974 Mazda RX-4 Sedan Automatic Wankel-type

Mazda RX-4 Super Smooth. Having built a reputation for technologically brilliant and inspirational design the Mazda management team, which always dared to be different, decided to take its new engine into the mainstream market and take on the fuel crisis of the early ’70s at the same time. It almost worked

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