16. Late ’80s Pontiac Le Mans
When you think of Pontiac Le Mans, the first thing that probably pops into your mind are the glorious mid-size models from ’60s and early ’70s with V8 power. This means that the Le Mans had a solid reputation as an entry-level muscle car with great potential. But fast forward 20 years to the late ’80s, and the Le Mans’ reputation was in ruins. The reason was the introduction of the compact front-wheel-drive sedan or hatchback with less than 100 HP.
To make things even funnier, the bosses at General Motors decided to import the Korean-built Daewoo Le Mans which was, in fact, an Opel Kadett from Europe. Since Opel was a GM-owned brand and GM had stakes in Daewoo at the time, this looked like the perfect solution. GM even offered the Pontiac LeMans in Europe. And that meant car buyers could choose between the Opel Kadett from Germany or the same Opel Kadett from America with a different badge. Needless to say, Le Mans from the late ’80s wasn’t a big success, so it is a forgotten model today.