Can You Tell Us If These 70s Cars Are Ford Or Chevy?

By: Robin Tyler

The first 4x4 Bronco hit the trails in 1966 and between that year and 1977, proved to be a more than capable off-roader. Blessed with a turning circle of just 33.8 feet, thanks to a wheel base of 92-inches, later models also included a Ford V8 engine with incredible torque.

The second generation of the legendary Camaro was released by Chevrolet in 1970. The SS350 was voted one of the world’s top 10 cars by car and track magazine in 1971.

Introduced during the fuel crisis of the '70s, the Mustang II is frowned upon for one thing - its power plant options. No longer a gas-guzzling V8 muscle car, the Mustang II now had either four- or six-cylinder engines. Mustang aficionados were not impressed.

This full-sized station wagon was produced by Chevrolet over two periods - firstly from 1958 to 1961 and again from 1969 to 1972. It was an entry level station wagon offered by the company during both its production runs.

As one of Chevrolet's most successful brands, the Chevelle was produced over two decades between 1963 and 1978. It included a variety of body options including station wagons, convertibles, coupes and sedans and even took part in NASCAR. The largest engine put into a Chevelle was a 454 cu in (7.4 L) Big-Block V8.

A product of Ford Germany, the Taunus was marketed in various guises for a long period from the early 1950s onward. In the 1970s the P7 version of this vehicle, essentially a small family car, was marketed between 1968 and 1971. Interestingly, the Taunus was originally to be sold in the United States but it never was.

Designed by Phillip T Clarke, who also helped design the Mustang, the Capri was only released in both Europe and Australia. This fastback coupe was extremely popular, with top of the range model, the Perana, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine

There were brands for the Nova. The first was built from 1961 to 1979 and the second from 1985 to 1988. The Nova started life as a compact car but from 1985 fell into the subcompact segment.

Although the budget friendly Ford Pinto sold well, it had a terrible secret. Thanks to the placement of its fuel tank behind the rear axle, the Pinto was a real fire hazard in a rear impact collision. Ford only fixed the problem from 1976 onward and paid some out of court settlements instead of recall. When this was found out, they were forced to recall the Pintos anyway and fix the problem.

With sales of 2.8 million over a 12-year period, the Chevette served Chevrolet well in the subcompact class. In fact, in 1979 and 1980, it was the best selling small car in the United States.

This light commercial van was first produced by Ford in 1965 and remains an important model in their lineup to this day. In fact, over the years, Ford has sold over 8 million Transits. Certainly, the Transit is a Ford legend.

A utility coupe produced by Ford from 1957 to 1979, the Ranchero was actually adapted from a station wagon design. Over 500,000 Rancheros were sold in the 22 years it was produced. The '70s were served by three separate Ranchero models.

Competing in the subcompact segment, the Vega was produced by Chevrolet between 1971 and 1977. It was available as a hatchback, wagon, notch back and panel delivery vehicle. Over 2 million Vegas were sold during its production run.

Released in 1970, the Mach 1 was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine which produced just over 300 brake horsepower.

A legendary Chevrolet name, by 1971, the Bel Air was a lower end Chevrolet model, aimed as a fleet car, for taxi fleets and police services. It was still available for retail customers who wanted a cheaper, no frills model.

The El Camino was produced by Chevrolet between 1964 and 1987. It was available in a number of body options including as a utility vehicle. The '70s were served by third and fourth generation.

The second generation of the Townsman station wagon was released by Chevrolet in 1969 and marketed till 1972. It was based on the Belair from the same period.

The Cortina was a product of Ford Britain and found throughout Europe between 1962 and 1982. It was extremely popular and the top seller in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. It was replaced by another popular European Ford, the Sierra.

The Baja Bronco was based on the race winning Ford's of off-roader, Bill Stroppe. Around 650 were produced, each custom fitted by Stroppe himself. Changes included bigger wheel arches and tires, roll cages, different lights and much more.

Marketed in South Africa with a Chevrolet badge, the Chevair was essentially the Vauxhaul Cavalier from the United Kingdom.

The Ford Country Squire was produced for an incredible 41 years between 1950 and 1991. It saw seven different generations at that time and was produced as both a 2-door and 4-door model

The Ford Escort was first released as a model in Europe in 1968. One of the most iconic Ford brands on the continent, six generations were produced over a 36-year period throughout the world.

The Chevrolet Biscayne saw four generations during the 1950s, ‘60s and '70s. The final was produced from 1971 to 1975 and only sold in Canada.

This van was first produced in 1961. Four different generations were built up until 2014 when the brand was replaced by the new Transit. The E-Series dominated the van market in North America, claiming well over 70% market share at times.

The early ‘70s version of the Greenbrier station wagon from Chevrolet was based on their Chevelle sedan model. This model had a range of straight-6 and V8 engines.

The fifth generation of this classic Ford pickup was built between 1967 and 1972. Interestingly, a variant of this vehicle was still produced in Brazil in the early 2000s.

The Ford Fairlane was produced by Ford between 1955 and 1961 in the full-sized car segment and from 1962 to 1970 in the mid-sized car segment. Over this period, seven generations were produced.

Built between 1958 and 1971, the Galaxie was so named to take advantage of the space race between the USSR and the United States. This vehicle was in direct competition to the Chevrolet Impala.

Although there have been seven generations of the Ford Fiesta since 1976, only two have been sold in the United States. This Ford model was first sold in Europe.

A stalwart of the Chevy pickup fleet in the 1970s, the C30 is considered to be the first of the modern pickup trucks. It was also the first Chevy with the crew cab option, meaning the truck could easily seat six people.

The Chevrolet Monza was first introduced in 1975 and marketed until 1981. It was based on the Vega and shared many of the same parts. Marketed in the subcompact division, the Monza included a 2+2 hatchback model. Top of the range Monzas had some power thanks to a 5.7-liter V8 engine.

Starting out in the full-sized car segment, the LTD, produced by Ford for a 24-year period between 1962 and 1986. Interestingly, for most of production run, the LTD was the largest sedan vehicle produced by Ford.

Introduced by Chevrolet in 1970, early models of the Monte Carlo are considered to be luxury muscle cars. The 1970s were served by the three generations of the vehicle.

Produced from 1969 to 1977, the Marverick was a compact 2- or 4-door sedan. It came with a range of power plant options, the biggest of which was a 5-liter V8.

Produced between 1960 and 2000, the C/K pickup’s third generation served a large part of the 1970s. A range of power plants were available, both gasoline- and diesel-powered. The biggest of these was the 7.4-liter gasoline 454 V8 which produced 230 brake horsepower.

Essentially an Isuzu pickup, the LUV was marketed in North America by Chevrolet.

The Thunderbird was originally devised by Ford to compete with the first generation Corvette. The 1971 model saw the last year of the fifth generation, with Ford introducing another two generations during the decade.

A mid-sized car model produced by Ford from 1968 to 1976, the Torino's most popular layouts included the two-door sedan.

Competing in the compact segment, the Citation was produced by Chevrolet between 1979 and 1985.

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About This Quiz

Whether you are a Ford person or a lover of Chevrolet, there is no doubting that both these brands are not only recognized throughout the world but respected as well. And both have a very long and colorful history in not only American but world motoring.

Chevrolet was formed in 1911 by a certain Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant, as well as a host of other investors. Henry Ford had been involved in the manufacture of automobiles for a few years before that, but helped change the game when he introduced an assembly line to vehicle production in 1913. This made his most famous vehicle, the Model T, accessible to the man in the street by significantly lowering production costs, and soon Model T's were everywhere.

And from that day onward, Ford and Chevrolet have battled it out! That battle has been ongoing through the years! The '70s, in particular, saw a heated battle as the oil crisis threw a spanner in the works for both manufacturers.

The question is, however, can you tell the difference between a Ford and a Chevy? One image is all you have and believe me, it's tougher than you think!

Take your time and good luck!

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