The Swinging Sixties was one of the most memorable decades for cars. The pretty MGB; the glam Ford Cortina; the dependable Morris 1100 and 1300 models; the manly Ford Capri and the glorious Jaguar E-Type were all launched – and the Mini became the coolest set of wheels.
But it was also an era of great change in terms of attitude towards motoring. Cars became cheaper, consequently there more cars were on the roads.
They were becoming faster and thanks to a motorway network, getting from one end of the country to another seemed like a walk in the park.
More factories were built in the UK to keep up with demand and in 1968 the leviathan British Leyland Motor Corporation was created.
But more cars meant more deaths so the 70mph speed limit was put into place and breathalysers came in to stem the trend of drink driving.
To celebrate this groovy decade, we've taken a look at the top five motoring milestones. Let us know what your milestones are by posting your comments below
Top five 1970s motoring milestones
- 1962: Pair of best-sellers
The Ford Cortina and MGB – both destined to become best-sellers – were launched to the world in 1962. The Cortina enjoyed 20 years of popularity while the MGB was declared the best-selling sports car of all time in 1980.</p>
- 1965: That's the limit
The 70 mph national speed limit was introduced – as a temporary measure – in December 1965. It was made permanent in 1967. In 1965 Tom Fraser was transport minister, not Barbara Castle, as widely believed. Castle was in the job in 1967 though.</p>
- 1966: Safety first
The issue of drink-driving was tackled in the Road Safety Bill of 1966, which set a limit of 80mg of alcohol in 100cc of blood. It became an offence to drive when over this limit. In 1967, the breathalyser was introduced.</p>
Picture: Pc Tony Burton demonstrating the Alcotest 80 for the then Transport Secretary Barbara Castle, as she launched a campaign informing the public of the new breathalyser law.</p>
- 1969: Keeping a promise
The Ford Capri went on sale in the UK in 1969, under the slogan "the car you always promised yourself". More than two million of the iconic cars were sold in Europe and America over the next 18 years. Bodie and Doyle, Cliff Richard and Jackie Stewart were all fans.</p>
- 1961: The prettiest car in the world
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show of '61, the E-Type instantly became a car for the world's celebrities. In 1961, it cost approximately £2,000 (more than half the price of an Aston Martin DB4); it was cheap, fast and drop-dead-gorgeous – it was the epitome of what a Jaguar stood for. </p>