Ford response to Porsche 911 Carrera and Lancia Stratos was second of successful Escort series, which since the beginning (1975) included a small rear spoiler.
H. Mikkola/ A. Hertz, Ford Escort RS1800 MK 2, Portugal Rally 1978 (2nd)
In 1976 Fiat started to compete with the Abarth 131 Rally, which introduced an air deviator on the rear part of the roof, similar to that used in Lancia Stratos, to help channel air into the rear spoiler (see Homologation Form here).
M. Alen/I. Kivimäki, Fiat Abarth 131 Rally, Monte Carlo Rally 1979 (3rd)
Also this year first car with a rear wing was presented, the ground-breaking Alpine A310 V6. It also incorporated a big front splitter and surprisingly round shape compared to other cars of the moment, such as Fiat 131 or the Ford Escort.
G. Frequelin/Delaval, Alpine A310 V6, Jean Behra Rally, 1977 (1st)
Vauxhall launched the Chevette 2300 HS in 1977, with a classic rear spoiler.
P. Airikkala/M. Nicholson, Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS, RAC Rally 1978
First of Toyota Celica series, the 2000GT RA40 launched in 1978 also included a rear spoiler.
JL.Therier/M.Vial, Toyota Celica 2000GT RA40, Sweden Rally 1979
New Porsche 911 SC 3.0 also kept the rear spoiler as previous Carrera model.
B. Waldegaard/H.Thorszelius, Porsche 911 SC 3.0, Safari Rally 1978
History continues in the early 80’s.