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South Africa 1973: Chrysler Valiant and Ford Cortina on top

Chrysler Valiant Rebel

* See the Top 15 best-selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at end of post! *

Thanks to info shared by Miguel we go back nearly 40 years to detail the best-selling cars in South Africa in 1973… The Chrysler Valiant was the most popular model in the country then, available in four different bodies: the Rebel (sedan), Charger, Barracuda (coupes) and Safari (station wagon).

Ford Cortina

The Ford Cortina took the 2nd spot, ahead of the Hillman Hunter, later produced in Iran to become the Paykan, Ford Escort and Ford Ranger. Notice the Volvo 144/164 at #6 and the Datsun 1600 SSS at #11, the best-selling Japanese car in the country that year.

Full Year 1973 Top 15 Ranking Table and more images below.

Volvo 144

Datsun 1600

South Africa Full Year 1973:

PosModel
1Chrysler Valiant*
2Ford Cortina
3Hillman Hunter
4Ford Escort
5Ford Ranger
6Volvo 144/164
7Chevrolet Constantia
8Ford Granada/Consul
9BMW 520
10VW Beetle
11Datsun 1600 SSS
12Toyota Corona
13Alfa Romeo 1750
14Chevrolet Commodore
15Mercedes 280
* Includes Rebel sedan, Charger & Barracuda coupe and Safari station wagon versions

Source: S.A. Car magazine, thanks to Miguel for sharing the data!

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Hello,

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  2. GERMAN TOP 15 FROM 1989 “in auto katalog” 1990/91 modelljahr”
    1 – OPEL KADETT
    2 – VW GOLF MKII
    3 – FORD ESCORT
    4 – OPEL VECTRA
    5 – VW PASSAT
    6 – FORD FIESTA MKII
    7 – MERCEDES 190
    8 – FORD SIERRA
    9 – MERCEDES BAUREIHE 124
    10 – BMW SERIE 3
    11 – VW POLO
    12 – BMW SERIE 5
    13 – AUDI 80
    14 – OPEL OMEGA
    15 – OPEL CORSA

  3. Matt, I have the list of the 50 best seller models in South Africa from the year 2000. “in top car ZA magazine” January 2001
    1 – TOYOTA COROLLA
    2 – TOYOTA CONQUEST
    3 – MAZDA MIDGE / FORD TRACER
    4 – BMW SERIE 3
    5 – OPEL ASTRA
    6 – VW POLO CLASSIC SEDAN/ PLAYA HATHBACK
    7 – MAZDA ETUDE SEDAN / ASTINA SPORTBACK
    8 – NISSAN SENTRA SEDAN / SABRE HATCHBACK
    9 – VW GOLF IV
    10 – VW CITI GOLF
    11 – MERCEDES CLASS C
    12 – FORD FIESTA MKIII / MAZDA 121 SOHO
    13 – HONDA BALLADE SEDAN / CIVIC HATCHBACK
    14 – FIAT UNO MIA
    15 – MITSUBISHI PAJERO
    16 – LAND ROVER FREELANDER
    17 – AUDI A4
    18 – RENAULT CLIO
    19 – BMW SERIE 5
    20 – AUDI A3
    21 – FORD FOCUS MKI
    22 – AUDI A3
    23 – MERCEDES CLASS E
    24 – RENAULT MÉGANE
    25 – DAEWOO MATIZ
    26 TOYOTA CAMRY
    27 – RENAULT SCÉNIC SAFARI
    28 – ALFA ROMEO 156
    29 – FORD MONDEO
    30 -VW PASSAT
    31 – NISSAN PRIMERA
    32 – JEEP CHEROKEE
    33 – MERCEDES M CLASS
    34 – DAEWOO LANOS
    35 – ISUZU FRONTIER
    36 – LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
    37 – TOYOTA PRADO
    38 – AUDI A6
    39 – DAEWOO NUBIRA
    40 – LAND ROVER DEFENDER
    41 – FIAT SIENNA BERLINA / PALIO HATCHBACK
    42 – MAZDA 626
    43 – JAGUAR X
    44 – CHRYSLER NEON
    45 – HONDA CR-V
    46 – FORD FALCON
    47 – BMW SERIE 7
    48 – TOYOTA LAND CRUISER
    49 – PEUGEOT 406
    50 – SUBARU IMPREZA
    6 –

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