Over the decades of the 20th century and into the 21st, the appearance of the cars we have driven has shifted dramatically. While some fell out of fashion and almost entirely vanished from our roads, other common names stayed–even though the vehicles themselves seem almost unrecognizable.
The Toyota Corolla is one of the largest selling vehicles ever, but the first model that came off the manufacturing line in 1966 looked very distinct from the latest Corolla coming out of Japan. Not every car producer wants to reinvent cars in their present stable, but prefers to scrap out – of-popular vehicles and launch brand new cars onto the market.
Over the years, all of the following vehicles have been canceled and overlooked, no matter how well known they might have been in their prime.
*20 BRICKLIN SV-1
Built within the mid-1970s, the BricklinSV-1 was an interested sports car. At first glance, with its gull-wing doors and aggressive bodywork, it looked like any sports car of that age, but this specific supercar concentrated above everything else on safety. In reality, “Safety Vehicle One” was indeed her strange name.
Buick was founded in 1899–four years before Henry Ford began making his vehicles–it is actually one of the most established names in American motoring. The Buick Reatta was a typical Grand Tourer in the late 1980s and one that fell well out of mold when the rounder bodywork style in the 1990s became all the rage.
Marketed in its local Japan as the Isuzu Piazza, the Impulse was another boxy sports car of the 1980s that the manufacturer chosed to cancel instead of redesign when tastes changed. Only 13,000 Isuzu Impulse vehicles have ever been produced, and only a few thousand models have been in circulation since 2010.
Today we are used to being rough and prepared for our SUVs, but Suzuki manufactured a very distinct type of car in the 1990s; the two-door, two-seater X-90. This midget SUV was in manufacturing for only a few years, and in 2013 Top Gear Magazine selected the interesting creation as one of the worst vehicles of the last 20 years.
In American motoring, Oldsmobile is another classic name, and part of General Motors like Buick. General Motors close down its Oldsmobile division in 2004 in the midst of economic issues, vehicles like the Oldsmobile Toronado, a luxury car produced between the 1960s and 1990s for thirty years, vanished for good from our roads.
One of the primary U.S. competitors of General Motors was Chrysler, presently known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and in the early 1980s the automotive giant produced an uncommon grand tourer sports car called the Chrysler TC. The U.S. firm turned to Italian supercar manufacturer Maserati to assist them in developing the TC, but even their knowledge could not save this model.
Dodge is one of Chrysler’s many vehicle brands and is renowned today for its rough and ready pickups and super-fast muscle cars. However, the Dodge Omni certainly did not fit into either category. Having been in production for 12 years, this clunky compact car was canceled in 1990.
There are dozens of excellent American cars that, despite their popularity, have been cancelled, The Cadillac Allante, a two-seater luxury roadster which was in manufacturing between 1987 and 1993. The Allante has since split car enthusiasts, even setting up fan clubs for their beloved car with boxy vehicle fans.
The Nissan Axxess MPV’s first generation was sold only in Japan and Europe under the name of Nissan Prairie, but it quickly crossed the Pacific. MPVs or minivans as they were more commonly known were a phenomenon of the 90s, and it is somewhat surprising that Nissan saw fit to abandon the Axxess once the 21st century rolled around.
Chevrolet is another large name that belongs to the General Motors conglomerate, but one that still retains its own individual style. The Chevy Cobalt compact car was introduced in 2005 but only survived a few years on the market before Chevy chose to destroy the Cobalt after a sequence of serious faults.
Although the name of Mercury is no longer with us, it has been an essential component of Ford’s stable for years, producing vehicles between inexpensive and cheerful Ford and the more luxurious Lincolns.First constructed in the 60s, The Mercury Maraudermade a comeback withinthe 2000s, but was canceled a few years before Mercury itself became defunct.
Studebaker was established in the 1850s as a buggy and wagon manufacturer and moved into the automotive business in 1902 before making its final vehicle in the 1960s. The firm was renowned for its big saloon cars, but the Studebaker Lark was a compact car, produced in the early 1960s for only a few years.
German car manufacturer Volkswagen is renowned for its iconic Beetle, but some excellent vehicles have been overlooked by the mists of time. Between 1988 and 1995, nearly 100,000 Volkswagen Corrado models were produced, and its strong engine, impressive handling, and forward-thinking design are fondly remembered.
If the Volkswagen Corrado was the best car design of the 1990s, then it could be said that some of the worst was the Subaru SVX sedan. Although the vehicle may have stood out from the crowd _and not in a good way_, it at least provided the reliability for which Japanese vehicles were popular in the 1990s.
The American Motors Corporation was created in the 1950s by the merger of two smaller firms, creating dozens of their own cars until Chrysler in 1988 swallowed the name. The AMC Pacer was an uncommon compact car produced in the 1970s with an odd rounded roof, complete with a rear panoramic windscreen.
Probably one of the best-remembered vehicles on this list is the Ford Probe, although many individuals who owned the vehicle would likely rather forget it had ever sat on their driveway. The rather dull coupe was constructed with Mazda’s help, but there is little sign of the renowned sense of fashion of the Japanese company.
The aggressive-looking Mitsubishi Starion, with its boxy front end and flip-up headlights, was an almost stereotypical sports car of the 1980s. The Japanese car manufacturer was sold in the U.S. as the Conquest under the names of Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge and enjoyed some successful motorsports before they disappeared in 1989.
The Isuzu Vehicross was early and a rather ineffective attempt to produce a compact SUV – though it looked more like an off-road jeep than present SUV riders might have expected! The Vehicross was eventually canceled in 2001 after the firm had expected that sales would not take off.
Pontiac is another popular American automotive name that General Motors abandoned when a financial crisis hit the business. The Pontiac GTO that most individuals know was a muscle car constructed between 1964 and 1974, but few know that the firm attempted unsuccessfully to restart the iconic vehicle as a compact car in 2004.
The Cadillac Catera executive vehicle was a rebadged version of the German Opel Omega B constructed in Germany and sold nearly 100,000 units before it was eventually canceled in 2001 when demand for this style’s executive cars started to decrease. The Catera quickly vanished from the memories of motorists despite a high-profile marketing campaign featuring supermodel Cindy Crawford.