USA 1974: Ford Pinto and Plymouth Valiant dominate
* See 'Read more' for the Top 80 best-selling models! Thanks DC for the data *
Thanks to DC and www.autoweek.nl, I am able to share with you the Top 80 best-selling American passenger cars in 1974 (no imports sorry). Launched in 1970 to counter the success of such small imports as the VW Beetle and Datsun/Toyota, the Ford Pinto is the best-selling American model in 1974 with a very impressive 360,688 sales.
It is followed by the Plymouth Valiant at 337,585 units and the Chevrolet Chevelle with 333,405 sales. The Chevrolet Vega takes the 4th spot at 326,307 units, ahead of the Chevrolet Impala with 311,696 sales and the Chevrolet Nova at 302,811, making it 4 Chevrolets in the Top 6!
Notice also the Ford Mustang at #7, the Ford Gran Torino at #10, the Dodge Dart at #11, the Cadillac DeVille at #14 and the AMC Hornet at #20.
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Full Year 1974 Top 80 Ranking Table below.