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Haven't read it in full yet, but looks like an interesting article.


The supercar might have been a child of the 1960s, but it didn't really seize our imagination until the following decade, when glam rock and the Lamborghini Countach were all we cared about. But if the 1960s was all about free expression and self-indulgence, the 1970s brought us social unrest, an economic meltdown and cars strangled by air-emissions regulations. It makes you wonder how the supercar survived the decade at all.

While most of Europe's car builders hunkered down for the duration of the 1970s, Porsche and Aston Martin surprisingly decided to go big and build supercars meant to rival the exotic midengine cars from Italy. We remember the 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo, which could hit 60 mph in 6 seconds and make 100 mph in 13.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155 mph. But do we remember that the 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage did 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and hit 100 mph in 13.2 seconds as it went on to a top speed of 170 mph?

When we drive the 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo and the 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage now, we discover two car companies thinking very different things. Which suggests that all of us were thinking very different things back in the 1970s, too.



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