The Top 10 Classic Cars That Need To Be Resurrected
With the recent revival of cars like the Dodge Challenger, the Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing, and a host of other vehicles built off decades-old design concepts that still turn heads today, many automakers are reaching into the past to help design the cars of the future. These are the cars we'd really like to see brought back to life with a 21st century twist.
10. Chevrolet El Camino
Whatever happened to the truck-car? The El Camino was first produced by GM in 1959 and lasted all way up to 1987. Not quite a coupe and not quite a pickup truck, the El Camino combined the performance and style of a Chevelle with the utility of a pick-up. The closest you're gonna get to one of these now would probably something along the lines of those factory-blinged-and-slammed F150 Lightings.
In 2008, there was a brief glimmer of hope for a GM built El Camino-style car by way of the LS3 powered Pontiac G8 variant, the Pontiac G8 ST, which was due to hit the streets this year. Sadly, with the death of Pontiac, so went the ST.
Of course, GM probably still has all those parts laying around in a bin somewhere, so what's stopping them from slapping a Chevy badge on the ST and putting it on the road?
9. VW Karmann Ghia
The Karmann Ghia was an interesting collaboration between the Italian auto design house Ghia, the hand-built bodywork of the German car building outfit Karmman, and the brilliant simplicity of the hardware provided by VW.
The Karmann Ghia proved to be very successful upon its debut in 1955, and production ramped up quickly to meet with demand. 1974 marked the end of the line for the Ghia, when it replaced by the VW-Porsche collaboration, the Porsche 914.
Judging from the somewhat sedate direction VW has been going in lately, a sporty little coupe like this designed to run alongside cars like the Mazda Miata could give the brand the lusty shot in the arm it could use right now.
8. Buick Grand National
Debuting in 1982 and born from the grocery-getting Grandma-mobile, the Buick Regal, the Grand National caught everyone by surprise with its NASCAR inspired looks, sinister presence, and turbo-charged V6. With a production run only lasting four years (no Grand Nationals were produced for 1983), this burly Buick turned out to be a rare and awesome triumph for performance in the otherwise fairly dismal automotive landscape of the 1980s.
With Buick looking to reposition itself as a sporty brand in the absence of Pontiac in GM's stable, and since they already have a critically acclaimed turbo Regal on the way, this would be the perfect time to bring the Grand National back to life.
7. Ford Bronco
Why did all the full-sized two door SUVs vanish? The Bronco had a lifespan of three decades, starting in 1966 and ending with the OJ-era 1996 model. Derived directly from Ford's full-sized trucks, instead of sedan underpinnings found in "sport utility" vehicles like the new Ford Explorer, the Bronco was built to be a badass SUV in the most honest sense of the term.
Back in 2004, Ford showed off an awesome concept for a new Bronco, and we sincerely hope they'll come to their senses soon and built the thing.
6. Cadillac Coupe De Ville
While we certainly have no qualms about Cadillac's recent desire to beat BMW at everything sporty, it must be said that Cadillac's stealth bomber styling aesthetic is getting a little bit long in the tooth.
There was a point in time when Cadillac was synonymous with style and luxury. Of course, we'll never dog a car company for wanting to make fast sports cars, but it probably wouldn't hurt for their designers to look back to cars like this '59 Coupe De Ville convertible and remember what once made Cadillac an international icon for American style.