DeLorean DMC 12
John Z. De Lorean started this company in the late â70s, and briefly marketed it as the next big thing in the sports car world. And for a short time, it looked like America got a sports car brand that could rival Europe’s finest companies. De Lorean presented the interesting concept of a sports car with Gullwing doors, modern wedge-shaped design and a stainless steel body.
However, the production was late, so when they finally revealed the car, it turned out to be disappointingly slow, underpowered and riddled with quality problems. Due to its prominent appearance in the Back to the Future movies and numerous music videos, the DMC 12 is still a popular car as well as one of the automotive symbols of the â80s.
The Subaru XT is an â80s legend destined to be a classic, but most car enthusiasts forgot about them. However, with the coupe, wedge-shaped body, pop up headlights, digital dashboard, and optional all-wheel drive, the XT was a capable and modern car for its time.
They started production in 1985 and stopped it in 1991. The buyers loved its angular wedge design and features, so they praised the car. The best versions come with a 2.7-liter flat six engine and the Subaru signature all-wheel-drive system.
You might remember this car if you grew up in the late â70s or early â80s as one of the first Japanese supercars and a memorable wedge design in its own right. The Dome Zero was a small Japanese car company dedicated to producing expensive road going and race models. But although they began production in 1976 and continued until 1986, it is unclear how many cars they built.
The Dome Zero came with a 2.8-liter SOHC six-cylinder engine that produced 147 HP. Although that doesn’t sound like much, the car was extremely light and the performance was respectable. Unfortunately, they never completed the homologation process, so the Zero’s racing career was short and unsuccessful.
Ferrari 308 GT4
The 308 GT4 featured several interesting things such as the angular design Bertone created, not Pininfarina as most people expected. Also, it had the first Ferrari road-going V8 engine, and 2+2 seating configuration, which meant the GT4 had more space for occupants and luggage. It was also considerably less expensive when new since they intended it to be a Ferrari for everyday use.
Available with 2.0 and 3.0-liter V8 engines, the Dino GT4 delivered 170 to 240 HP, which is not impressive figures by today’s standards. However, the car is light and handles great due to the mid-engine layout with a glorious soundtrack and a true sports car feel.
In 1976, Lancia presented the Scorpion, a U.S.-spec version of its Beta Montecarlo model. They couldn’t use the Montecarlo name for the American market since Chevrolet already had a Monte Carlo. So, Lancia decided to go with the aggressive Scorpion nameplate.
However, despite the car’s modern wedge looks and technical layout, the Scorpion wasn’t exactly a great performer. And that was because its four-cylinder engine delivered only 81 HP in U.S. spec. They sold the Scorpion for two years, 1976 and 1977, selling around 1,800 of them in America.
Mercedes C111 Concept
Although never a production model, the Mercedes C111 was one of the most famous wedge-shaped cars that debuted in the early â70s. They designed this orange classic as a rolling test laboratory for different engine technologies and aerodynamic research.
Aside from the Gullwing doors, they equipped the C111 Concept with various prototype engines including some Wankel rotary units as well as a few high-performance diesels. There was even a V8-powered version, as well.
The Urraco had a mid-mounted 2.0-liter V8 with 180 HP capable of reaching 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. But when you compare it to later models and other well-known Lamborghini supercars, that is not as good. However, that’s still quite a performance by â70s standards.
Sadly, they built the Urraco during dark times for performance cars. Also, some rumors said they assembled the car poorly. But Lamborghini managed to produce over 700 of them, so those little, wedge-shaped cars deserve another look.
These are 20 of the most memorable and cool-looking wedge-shaped cars they ever made. Which one caught your eye? All these vehicles are attractive and revolutionary in their design, engines and innovations.