In which our design editor built a shooting brake.
Ford’s success spurred the creation of both the Camaro and Celica.
Three forgotten pony cars that should have beaten the Mustang.
YES!! Bring the Prelude back!!
You hit the nail on the head with the Riviera Redux - but picked the wrong year. while Bill Mitchell's Sixties design was cool for its time, my 1995 Riv is much more contemporary and still looks good today. The 95-98 cars are a designing masterpiece in my eyes. It's also surprisingly good handling for such a large car (ask the guy in the 5 eries BMW on the exit ramp that was riding my tail until the turns came a few days ago). It still gets 29 MPG on the highway too! The only thing it lacks is a 6 speed manual and RWD to make it perfect. Stick with a 3/4 scale version with a supercharged V6 on the Camaro platform, and you'd have a real winner. I'd love to see an AMC AMX revival too by the way. Maybe give it to the JEEP division (hey, JEEP was part of AMC, right?).
Well Chrysler needs to first release AMC so that we can get the last of the great muscle cars back...The AMC Javelin. Not to mention that it is a good time for the United States to have a brand which sells (nearly) all all-wheel drive cars such as the late Eagle SX4 and Spirit (With AMX models available of course). Another for GM to bring back would be the Fiero...A Mid engined car with a lot of potential, the old SE model could become a hybrid, great for young business people commuting, then the GT could come back for the more performance oriented.GM should also bring the Astra back to American shores, as GM needs a good hatchback to compete against the Ford Focus and VW GTI.Finally, all companies need to have manual transmissions available on all trim levels.I hope I'm not being too unrealistic in my desires.
I'd have to say that a close modern day reiteration of the 1987 Buick Grand National or GNX would be fantastic! Just saw one rolling down the road the other day and i have to say that considering it's age it's still easy on the eyes and how great would Buick's six cylinder be today both showroom version and of course the inevitable super tuner versions. I also have to agree with the earlier comments regarding the honda CRX,Honda really should have offered a hybrid only model and the peppier CRX model not the all in one combo they tried to pass off as the best of both worlds.
The Probe GT may not be on this list, but a dark metallic red 1994 model is in my garage. It still goes around intersections like a slot car. That said, by far the best driving car I have ever owed was the 1986 Merkur XR4Ti. It is the only car I have ever had that actually communicated with you and let you know just what it was doing. It also had an endearing feature I have experienced only on a couple other German cars. At a higher speed, 85mph for the Merkur, it hunkered down to the road and became super stable, even in a gusting cross wind, going just where it was pointed.I am sure no American manufacturer will ever make such as product. The best we can hope for is for one to import a car as Ford did with the Merkur. The problem is that Americans do not appreciate such vehicles and don't buy them when available. Most of the cars people speak of so longingly were really terrible vehicles.
Buick Riviera has been gone since 1999, not 1974. The 4th generation 1974 model was built until 1976.
I really want my '64 Pontiac Tempest back. It was a special ordered four door, with bucket seats (unheard of in those days), a four speed hurst stick on the floor, and a 326 V8. Fantastic ride. Would love to have it back, new today.
There must be some mistake. The Ford Probe GT isn't on this list.
I suggest two others aside from the Microbus for VW.1. A new Karmann Ghia. Call it a "G2" since Ford owns the name. 2. A new Thing or "T2". Jeep needs some competition and there's just something super cool about that design. Another car, more boring, would be the Dodge Colt/Mitsubish whatever it was. A tiny minivan well ahead of its time. And imagine a new Microbus as a hybrid with a small engine in back, just like the original and the whole bread box design, mainly as a city commuter or even taxi. Not as safe as having a big engine in front of you, but for city use, it's cool.
My prelude is STILL exhilerating at 20 years and 240k miles. ALL revs and old school, kick in the pants, VTEC! 200hp and a limited slip give you fun for miles at 25mpg even with its age and my aggressive driving. It's all fun then it's a little understeer to tell you to back off the fun pedal a bit. Beautifully balanced. When it was introduced it beat all other new production cars of that year in the slalom. It's city driving at its sportiest and most practical.I also agree with Daye about the CRX, i was SURE my next car would be a CRZ until they said it was a hybrid. so sad.
Chevrolet Cobalt SS Turbo Charged Model.260 HP/ 260 lb-ft with an incredible suspension for only $25,0000 when equipped. When tested by Car and Driver, it out performed cars costing more than $10,000 more.
Honda needs to bring back the CRX even more than it needs to bring back the Prelude. Honda should never have killed it off. It was and still is an icon. An unmistakable, funky, and fun little car that could bring a smile to your face.
Lincoln really does need a real Continental and while they are at Lincoln could use a new (style aware) Mark VII.