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JUL 31st 2020

Henry Biggs

The seven best 1970s hot hatchbacks

In the 1960s the Mini demonstrated definitively that a front-wheel-drive, transverse-engined drivetrain was the ideal for cars with a focus ion everyday practicality. The Mini Cooper then demonstrated that this same layout could be fast and fun.

By the Seventies, manufacturers were expanding on the Mini’s form and adding more function in the shape of the hatchback. It was only a matter of time before these practical family cars were treated to a powdering of performance to unlock their potential and so, the ‘70s was the decade which brought us the hot hatch.

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