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USA 1975: Oldsmobile Cutlass and Ford Granada on top

Oldsmobile Cutlass

* See 'Read more' for the Top 80 best-selling models! Thanks DC for the data *

We continue to travel through time to land in the USA in 1975. I can share with you the 80 best-selling American passenger cars for that year: the Oldsmobile Cutlass is up 8 spots and 20% to grab the pole position with 324,610 sales, followed by the Ford Granada at #2 for its first full year of sales in the country at 291,140 units.

Ford Granada

The Chevrolet Chevelle is down 17% but stays 3rd with 276,206 sales, ahead of the Ford Pinto, last year's #1, down 25% to 271,880 units and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, down 3% but up 3 spots to #5 and 267,803 units. The Chevrolet Nova stays #6 with 256,438 sales while the Plymouth Valiant goes from #2 in 1974 to #7 this year at -33%.

Chevrolet Chevelle

AMC Pacer

Further down the ranking, notice the Chrysler Cordoba up 55 spots to #16, the Chevrolet Monza up 64 spots to #19 and the Ford Elite up 33 spots to #21. The best-selling newcomer in 1975 is the very original AMC Pacer landing directly in 28th position with 88,641 units sold - there are no other newcomers in the Top 50.

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  1. Muri
    October 20th, 2013 at 19:44 | #1

    Thanks alot for this great site! It’s just one of my favorite and just descovered!

    There is just a small error in the above text:

    ‘Further down the ranking, notice the Chevrolet Cordoba’

    It should be Chrysler Cordoba

    • matgasnier
      October 21st, 2013 at 06:54 | #2

      Thanks for your praise Muri I really appreciate it! Good pick-up, post amended now.
      Best,
      Matt

  2. adam
    November 12th, 2011 at 14:38 | #3

    Found these on the web
    Toyota Corolla 151,177
    Volkswagen Rabbit 98,215

  3. October 29th, 2011 at 09:01 | #4

    @Max
    It was Fabio, very strong in the U.S.A in the seventies; more than several Japanese marques in the start of their way in the other side of the Atlantic like Mazda or Mitsubishi (sold by Chrysler/Plymouth in that time). In fact Fiat sold almost 60.000 cars in 1977! In the seventies the 128 Sedan, 128 Coupé, 128 3 P, 124 Sedan, 124 Coupé, Spider, X1/9 Sport, 131, (called Brava and Superbrava there) were a huge success. In the eigthies only the Ritmo called Strada there and sold in 3 or 5 door 1,5L the X1/9 and the Sport Spider 2000 were sold. Fiat gave up of the american market in 1983. A 4 door version of the Uno (called Duna in Brazil) was near to be introduced there in 1984 but the company was not in good shape and gave up of some markets such as the American one.

  4. Max
    October 28th, 2011 at 23:07 | #5

    Thank you very much, Miguel !
    I didn’t think Fiat was so strong.

  5. October 28th, 2011 at 22:52 | #6

    @MFabio83
    You´re welcome Fabio!

  6. MFabio83
    October 28th, 2011 at 22:34 | #7

    @Miguel
    thanks!!! :)

  7. October 28th, 2011 at 21:40 | #8

    Sales of imported cars in the U.S.A in 1975:
    1 – TOYOTA
    2 – DATSUN
    3 – FIAT
    4 – VOLVO
    5 – LEYLAND CARS
    6 -MAZDA
    7 -BMW
    8 -MERCEDES
    10 – ALFA ROMEO

  8. October 28th, 2011 at 18:29 | #9

    @MFabio83
    In the seventies the imported best selling cars in the U.S.A were Japonese in the whole majority. Toyota was the first one following by Datsun. Fiat had a very comfortable place and sold a large number of cars mainly 128, 124, 131 and sport models like the X1/9, 128 Coupé 3 P. and Sport Spider. Another European marque with great sales in that time was Volvo with the 144,164 and 240 range. BMW sold some numbers of the 2002 and Alfa sold about 6.000 unities mainly Sports Sedan (Alfetta), Giulia, Giulia GTV 2.0, 2000 Berlina Fuel injection, and Sprint Veloce (Alfetta Coupé). Saab and British cars like the MG, Triumph and jaguar had significant numbers too.

  9. MFabio83
    October 28th, 2011 at 04:54 | #10

    it’s a very pity for Oldsmobile… a great brand with a good sales and now there isn’t more. The same for Plymouth and Pontiac.
    I’m interesting too like “Max” for the first foreign car. It must be a japanese or a premium car from Germany, i thought about Jetta, but the first generation of the sedan by VW was built since 1979.

  10. Max
    October 28th, 2011 at 01:52 | #11

    What about of the first foreign car ? A Toyota ?

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