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30 Forgotten Cars Automakers Must Revive

Vukasin HerbezJuly 11, 2019

  1. Subaru BRAT

The Subaru BRAT or Bi-Drive Recreational All-Terrain Transporter was conceived in the late ’70s. They designed it to take advantage of the popularity of compact trucks in America. However, there were steep import taxes for foreign trucks that would kill all of Subaru’s profits.

So, the company thought of a genius way of selling the truck as a passenger car by installing two seats in the back. The BRAT became popular and legendary in its own right. And today’s Subaru could use some of that charm and uniqueness to revive its magic.

  1. Lincoln Mark III

Today, the Lincoln brand struggles with recognition and its future are unclear. Divided between the production of old-fashioned sedans and modern upscale SUV models, Lincoln needs a signature car. It should be something that will remind its customers what this brand is all about. So, how about a cool, luxury coupe like the legendary Mark III?

Introduced in late 1968, they built the Mark III on a Thunderbird chassis using the new and powerful 460 V8 engine. The front was dominated by a big chrome grille, reminiscent of a Rolls Royce. The hideaway headlights were an interesting touch and the trunk had a cool-looking spare wheel hump with Continental lettering. And that, in combination with the vinyl top, made Mark III design unique and special.

  1. Toyota Celica

Toyota might have the GT86 as its entry-level sports car, but somehow, this model lacks the coolness and appeal of the original Celica. They built it on a standard Toyota Carina base. The Celica was one step above the popular Corolla in terms of size, technology, and engine power. They presented the new Celica to American buyers in 1970 with two body styles, a regular two-door coupe and a hardtop fastback.

The Celica proved to be popular, so by the end of 1977, they sold more than 200,000. The best versions were with 2.0 and 2.2-liter engines that delivered a solid performance and satisfying driving dynamics at a modest price. And for those reasons, many people would love to see the Celica make a comeback.

  1. International Harvester Scout

The International Harvester company still exists today and has the capacity to produce a new age Scout. Unfortunately, there aren’t any rumors of this happening anytime soon. But there is an army of classic SUV fans that are craving a small, compact and attractive SUV with unmistakable design and off-road capabilities.

The Scout was a small, usable off-road SUV with choices of engines ranging from 2.5-liter straight four to 4.4-liter V8. Offered in 1961, they produced it until 1980. But even though it’s been nearly 40 years, most drivers would jump at the chance to own a new Scout.

  1. Dodge Viper

There isn’t any need to explain this one. The Viper is the quintessential American sports car with tons of power, fantastic design, and performance. And as such, its demise has truly affected enthusiasts globally. Everyone knows Chrysler can produce it and most just hope they can find a financially stable model in order to do so. And many car fans feel as if the car industry without the Viper is a boring mess.

  1. Chevrolet Chevelle SS

One of the most famous muscle cars was the mighty Chevelle SS. They based it on a regular Malibu two-door sedan. It featured the biggest engines Chevrolet had to offer like the 396, 427 and 454 V8 motors. Many drivers would like to see a new Chevelle with the rear-wheel-drive platform, LS V8 engine, Corvette performance and retro styling. GM could build something like this easily, so it is a good possibility.

  1. Lamborghini LM 002

Lamborghini made the Urus, a superfast SUV with a twin-turbo V8 and impressive performance. Still, many car fans are not so impressed. Yes, the Urus is a mighty fast luxury cruiser, but it isn’t as wild and unexpected as the mid-80s Lamborghini LM 002.

This crazy creation debuted in the mid-80s as Lamborghini’s attempt to enter the world of luxury SUVs and widen its appeal. The LM002 used a special chassis and suspension as well as Lamborghini’s famous V12 engine. The 5.2-liter unit with 400 HP was the same one as you would find in the legendary Countach.

  1. GMC Syclone

GM took an ordinary S10 bodyshell and installed a 4.3-liter V6 with a turbocharger. It was good for 280 HP. They added a special four-speed automatic they sourced from a Corvette and performance-based all-wheel drive. The power figures don’t sound much these days, but the Syclone was able to sprint to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

And that made it faster than a contemporary Ferrari. Most GMC fans want the same thing, just with modern technology, a turbocharged V8 and capable all-wheel drive. If GM would build such a car, it would blast the door off any super SUV out there.

  1. Dodge RAM SRT-10

From 2004 to 2006, the Ram SRT-10 was one of the craziest, most powerful and fastest pickups Dodge ever produced. That itself is a hard thing to say since Dodge always had some wild special versions of their trucks. But, just look at the specs. It had an 8.2-liter V10 engine delivering over 500 HP.

And even though it achieved a 0 to 60 time of fewer than five seconds the fuel economy was in the single digits. Dodge doesn’t make V10 engines anymore, but there is the Hellcat Hemi V8 with 707 or more HP. Ram Hellcat anyone? Yes, please.

  1. Mercury Marauder

Although they never intended the Grand Marquis to be a performance car, Mercury decided to turn it into one. And they did that by installing a highly tuned 4.6-liter V8 producing 302 HP, as well as a revised suspension, gearbox, and brakes. All those changes turned this sleepy and comfy sedan into a sharp muscle car.

The performance was decent for a big, heavy sedan with a 0 to 60 mph time of around seven seconds. Even though Mercury as a brand is gone, most people can’t forget how cool it would be to see the Marauder again, as a Ford with black paint and a thumping V8 under the hood.

These are the 30 discontinued cars most people would kill to see again going down the street. Which one would you buy if it returned? All these cars have the potential to make an exciting comeback to the car industry.

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