28: 1961 Mercury Meteor
It seemed like all of the automotive brands were going for space-themed nameplates during the 1960s. The US was on its way to visiting the moon and people were excited. But a space-named car doesn’t necessarily translate into performance, and the Meteor was evidence of just that. The car just lacked the performance features that you’d expect from a car like this and the heavy curb weight didn’t help things out. Mercury was innovating as time went on, but the Meteor was a definite dud for the company.
The Meteor was a valiant effort for the company to create a memorable car, but the lack of necessary performance and reliability left many owners disgruntled. You’ll probably seldom see a Meteor on the road anymore and for good reason. Most of these cars have ended up rusted away and in junkyards around the country. There are just better options you can choose from that will last longer and offer more bang for the buck.