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Motor Trends Car of the Year
Posted April 14 2009 03:04 PM by MilesSpeed 
Filed under: Magazine Stuff

Motor Trends Car of the Year Awards 1970

 Its really interesting to see what was big when it came out, and how it's doing now.


I was going though some hometown hot rodding entries when I came across a 1970 Ford Torino. I read the story attached to the photos where the owner mentioned it was Motor Trends' car-of-the-year.

It wasn't really that surprising, seems like a good car, and the Fairlane/Torino role reversal definitely brought it some attention. I was curious to see what cars were chosen for other years. Our magazine doesn't focus on the newest thing to happen in passenger cars from the factory, so it would help show me cars from a different prospective.

I was surprised however, to see that in 1993, the Ford Probe GT was chosen. I've owned this car and was truly impressed with it while those who've never driven one would make fun of me. Sounds like I win!

Here is a posting of the winners since 1951, note that import cars only been popular in the recent years, c'mon Detroit! step it up!

    2003 Infiniti G35
    2002 Ford Thunderbird
    2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    2000 Lincoln LS
    1999 Chrysler 300M
    1998 Chevrolet Corvette
    1997 Chevrolet Malibu
    1996 Dodge Caravan
    1995 Chrysler Cirrus
    1994 Ford Mustang
    1993 Ford Probe GT
    1992 Cadillac Seville Touring Sedan
    1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic LTZ
    1990 Lincoln Town Car
    1989 Ford Thunderbird SC
    1988 Pontiac Grand Prix
    1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
    1986 Ford Taurus LX
    1985 Volkswagen GTI (eligible due to it being built in VW's now-defunct Pennsylvania plant)
    1984 Chevrolet Corvette
    1983 AMC / Renault Alliance
    1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
    1981 Chrysler K Cars, Dodge Aries / Plymouth Reliant
    1980 Chevrolet Citation
    1979 Buick Riviera S
    1978 Chrysler, Dodge Omni / Plymouth Horizon
    1977 Chevrolet Caprice
    1976 Chrysler, Dodge Aspen / Plymouth Volare
    1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+2
    1974 Ford Mustang II
    1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
    1972 Citroën SM (An imported vehicle that was selected overall "Car of the Year")
    1971 Chevrolet Vega
    1970 Ford Torino
    1969 Plymouth Road Runner
    1968 Pontiac GTO
    1967 Mercury Cougar
    1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
    1965 Pontiac Motor Division
    1964 Ford Motor Company (Not for the Mustang)
    1963 American MotorsRambler
    1962 Buick Special
    1961 Pontiac Tempest
    1960 Chevrolet Corvair
    1959 Pontiac Motor Division
    1958 Ford Thunderbird
    1957 Chrysler Corporation (all makes:Plymouth , Dodge, DeSoto , Chrysler , & Imperial ).
    1956 Ford Motor Company
    1955 Chevrolet Motor Division
    1954 No award
    1953 No award
    1952 Cadillac Motor Division
    1951 Chrysler Corporation
    1950 No award
    1949 Cadillac Motor Division

 



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