When the 1973 London Motor Show at Earls Court opened its doors to the general public on 17 October, it did so just nine days after Egypt and Syria had attempted to reclaim disputed territory from Israel by making surprise attacks on the Holy Day of Yom Kippur, creating the conditions for the global mid-1970s petrol crisis and fuel rationing being reintroduced for the first time since the 1950. Little did show-goers know at the time know that a handful of Earls Court’s debutantes would prove to be somewhat ‘premature’ as the first production models of the new Motor Show star cars would not actually be delivered to customers until a frustratingly long delay afterwards, partially caused by the fuel crisis and subsequent stock market crash and economic slowdown. Yet still, debut in 1973 they did. Some of these and some others, listed in part two of our 50 year-old cars roundup.
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