DeLorean DMC 12
Started by John Z. DeLorean in the late ’70s, DeLorean was briefly marketed as the next big thing in the sports car world. For a short time, it looked that America got a sports car brand that could rival Europe’s finest. DeLorean presented an exciting sports car concept with Gullwing doors, a modern wedge-shaped design, a mid-mounted V6 engine, and a stainless steel body (via Hemmings).
However, production was late, and when the car was finally revealed, it turned out to be slow, underpowered, and riddled with quality problems. Due to its prominent appearance in the ‘Back to the Future’ movies and numerous music videos, the DMC 12 is still a popular car and one of the automotive symbols of the ’80s.