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1970s Car Failures Drivers Never Want To See Again

Cameron EittreimJanuary 8, 2020

via: Hillmman
via: Hillmman

3. Hillman Imp

You might mistake this car for a Mini Cooper. But it’s not. Instead, the Hillman Imp was a failed attempt to cash in on the tiny car craze. From a design standpoint, the Hillman Imp was just awful. A cramped interior coupled with absolutely no power meant that you were essentially driving a street-legal golf cart. The car was scary to drive in a good windstorm and the power was lackluster at best. Many owners of these cars described how hard it was to get the car to drive up a hill correctly.

via: Hillman
via: Hillman

The Hillman Imp, while a good idea, was just a car that really couldn’t stack up to what a driver needs. Sure, this car has a decently cool look to it. But the Hillman Imp is something that’s best left avoided if you want a classic car you can actually drive.

via: Wkipedia
via: Wkipedia

2. Renault 16TL

Believe it or not, there was a time when Renault was a serious contender in the automotive world. That time has since passed, and with vehicles like the 16TL, we know why. From a design standpoint, everything could have gone right with this car. But the failed attempt to design a credible family car was evident. Power was lackluster at best, at times it was even lethargic.

via: Autocartr
via: Autocartr

Then you had the interestingly ugly design of the thing, especially in the wagon version. In terms of a classic car, the Renault 16TL is probably best left avoided. The car just doesn’t bring anything to the table in terms of design or functionality.

via: Lex Classics
via: Lex Classics

1. Peugeot 504 Cabriolet

What appeared to be a sporty roadster was a lie in the disguise of a roadster. The 504 Cabriolet was a sad excuse for what a good roadster could be. The first problem here was the extremely lightweight and cheap design. When you drive a convertible you want to feel like the car is going to remain on the road as you take twists and turns. Aside from that little problem, the 504 Cabriolet was extremely lethargic in terms of power. In fact, the thing had lackluster acceleration time at best.

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These cars were not too popular because of the problematic engine and the cramped inside. If you are looking for a quintessential ’70s roadster, the 504 Cabriolet is one you should avoid.

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