21: 1961 Oldsmobile Starfire
It’s hard to believe with all the hype about Tesla that Oldsmobile was the most technologically advanced automotive brand at one point in time. If you’ve ever driven an early Olds, then you’ll know what we are talking about. Oldsmobile was responsible for the modern airbags that we have in cars today, and the Starfire was a pretty advanced car. But as with most advanced vehicles that are ahead of their time the Starfire didn’t fare very well. Unless you are an Oldsmobile aficionado, then you haven’t seen a Starfire yet.
These cars are pretty hard to come by and they were produced in small numbers. The polarizing styling just didn’t latch on with consumers, although it was relevant to the period. Interiorwise, the Starfire wasn’t very exciting either, and this didn’t translate well into sales. The 394 V8 with 325 HP was up there in performance, but the reliability issues and build quality will send the Starfire straight to the junkyard.