Some cars hold a certain level of legendary status in our collective consciousness. We see them as automotive heroes which can do no wrong. They’re often made all the more illustrious by the fact that they’ve long since gone out of production. As a result, we will beg and plead for them to be remade into a modern iteration. This can be troublesome, however, as not all nameplates live up to their heritage.
2006 Dodge Charger
It’s not that the reborn Charger wasn’t a fine car with a decent selection of powertrains and a little Mopar moxy. But compared to the original Charger, it just doesn’t hold a candle in terms of presence and style. Most disappointing is that there were some really interesting concepts floating around before Dodge released just another full-sized sedan.
2004 Pontiac GTO
These are actually fantastic performance cars and you should scoop one up if you can. However, they looked pretty bland. Pretty much just a two-door Pontiac Grand Prix on the outside. The 2004 even had a single exhaust. So inappropriate.
Ferrari 599 GTO
Up until this car, the GTO badge had only been signed to only the purest bred, function over form, race-ready Ferraris. However the 599 will never race, nor was it ever intended to. What you’re left with is a spec-up dentist’s car.
It’s not that the RX-8 isn’t a great performing car. But it’s aged terribly. While all generations of the RX7 remain desirable, the over-styled RX8 seems to be fading from public consciousness. It’s also plagued with a mountain of technical issues.
2002 Ford Thunderbird
It looked great, but that was about it. It sold terribly and had a litany of mechanical issues.
2003 Nissan Skyline PV35
Otherwise known as an Infiniti G35 in the American market. A fine car sure, but not nearly worthy of the Skyline name.
1974 Mustang II
The Mustang never really went out of production, but in 1974 Ford relaunched it as the “Mustang II”. Everything about it was terrible. Some have even called it the worst car ever made.