The Nature Climatology Supplement in 1978 has an interesting article by M K Miles (Predicting temperature trend in the Northern Hemisphere to the year 2000, Nature Vol 276, p356, 23/Nov/1978). It discusses the predictions of Lamb, Bryson, Budyko and others and trys to work out how people using the same data can make such varying predictions. Interestingly, J M Mitchell is amongst those who (then) felt that no reliable prediction to 2000 could be made.
Kukla, GJ; Angell,JK; Dronia,H; Hoshiai,M; Namias,J; Rodewald,M; Yamamoto;R and Iwashima,T "New data on climatic trends" (Nature, v270, p573-580, 1977) has been quoted in support of a "Greenhouse sceptic" position. But, it doesn't really support that position. Its about climate trends from 1951-1975, from a variety of indices (its interesting to see how climate monitoring has vastly improved since then). Its conclusions (it has many) are, in order:
I can see not the least hint anywhere in the paper that any prediction is attempted: the only reference to this is when it says "Possible causes of the trends have been discussed elsewhere" and lists 6 references. People nowadays would de-emphasise the cooling trends bit, but I think it would probably still be considered reasonable.