19: Lotus Elan
The original Elan, not that modern one that came out in the 1990s, was an excellent sports car to take around corners. But the rest of the car fell flat on its face, so what happened? Well, for starters the powerplant was not up to par, especially for a car of this caliber. Then you had the fact that the Elan failed in just about every reliability test at the time. These things were difficult to keep on the roadways. They were far from the reliable dream cars Lotus hoped they’d be.
Lotus parts are extremely difficult to come by, and as such, you can expect to have trouble repairing an original Elan. The car was highly regarded for its exceptional road manners and design, but the driving aspects of the car fell short. Nevertheless, the Elan will still go down as one of the more hyped sports cars of this era.