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1974 NSU Ro80

Pete Adams is an engineer. We arrange a drive in an NSU Ro80 that engaged his brain as much as his senses.

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1974 Saab 99 EMS Turbo

After Turbo Technics helped to engineer the Saab 99 Turbo, the boss bought one of the two test cars. Now, 45 years later, it’s fully restored and ready to show how it changed motoring forever.

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Ferry Porsche’s front room provides the backdrop for this informal gathering one evening in March 1974

The homely setting of Ferry Porsche’s front room provides the backdrop for this informal gathering one evening in March 1974. This was a preliminary discussion on the possibility of cooperating with a car manufacturer in what was then the Soviet Union.

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1974 Ford Escort Sport Mk1 - untouched and rare

Ford Heritage: Colonel Sanders may have a secret blend of herbs and spices, but when it comes to originality, even he would struggle to beat Jason West’s achingly authentic and super-rare 1300 Sport.

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1974 Ford Cortina 2000E Mk3 - fully restored

Fully restored from the ground up, Jamie Cornforth’s 2000E is built to be used and enjoyed.

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Lightly modified 1974 Porsche 911 2.7 Targa

This latest build from Rindt Vehicle Design is very probably not quite what you think it is. Yes, it’s a 911 Targa, but its underpinnings are really quite leftfield and surprisingly rare...

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1974 BMW 2004 SA

We trace the roots of the 2004, which represents the first line of BMWs built specifically for the South African market, and which was based on the Gias 1700.

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Road test 1974 Bitter CD

For one entrepreneur, the lure of Italian beauty with American power was not enough: it needed German build quality, too. The result was the Bitter CD.

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First-gen model 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 930 test versus rare 1989 3.3 Turbo LE 930

How different are the first 911 Turbo and the last-of-line 930 LE, a UK-only runout model limited to fifty units in 1989? We hit rural Suffolk and sample fantastic examples of both...

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1974 Monteverdi Berlinetta

The Basel-based supercar-builder Monteverdi was long shrouded in mystery After a lifetime of dreaming about it, Marc Sonnery finally gets to drive its definitive GT: the Berlinetta.

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1974 AMC Javelin AMX

Many American cars in this country during the Sixties and Seventies were imported by members of the US Air Force, but what’s become of them all? This AMX is a rare survivor. Brought over by a young lady in the USAF and later customised, it’s had a very interesting life, as Zack Stiling discovers…

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Citroen DS - Divine inspiration - or from another planet?

Whether the Citroen DS took celestial inspiration or landed from another planet, it is one of the car world's greatest aesthetic achievements — and more. Car designer Peter Stevens, aesthete and commentator Stephen Bayley and Octane's own Glen Waddington discuss.

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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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