The Top 10 Classic Cars That Need To Be Resurrected
5. Lamborghini Miura
When the Miura debuted in 1966, the world took notice. Aside from being a seriously hot piece of ass, the Miura started the trend of the two seater, mid-engine layout supercar that is still used by automakers today.
Production of the Miura only lasted six years, after which it was replaced with the equally incredible Lamborghini Countach, in 1974. Lamborghini has followed the angular styling of the Countach on just about every car they've made since then. However, in 2006, they teased the world with a beautiful new Miura concept, but then quickly declared they'd never make it because Lamborghini is "about the future." Understandable, but we were also under the impression that Lamborghini is about "making awesome cars" too.
4. Toyota Supra
It hasn't been that long since the last Supra rolled off the line - production ended in 2002 - but its absence is noticeable none the less. By the early 2000s, the twin-turbo model was a real performer, able to pull from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 177mph in stock form - and it was also quite a looker, if we do say so ourselves.
Without the Supra, Toyota has become the company known for making cars that resemble gigantic baby shoes, designed to be driven by people who have no little to no interest in the sport of driving.
There is some hope though. At the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota showed off the FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept, a hybrid sport coupe which would produce upwards of 400hp. Not much has been seen or heard about the Supra since then - the auto industry hit kind of a speed bump in 2008-2009 - but now that things are on the mend, we implore Toyota to move forward (pun intended) and bring back this mighty Japanese sport coupe.
3. Jaguar E-Type
The Jaguar E-type Series 1 models of the 1960s are considered by many (including us) to be some of the most gorgeous cars ever built, and they were very serious sports cars to boot. Gone since 1974, Jaguar has yet to build a car quite like it since.
There have been rumors in recent years that the E-type might be returning, and we really hope there's some truth behind them, because while the XKR is an great car with a stout motor that truly sounds the part, it's still not really the spiritual successor to the E-type, in both style and purpose.
2. BMW 2002
The BMW 2002 was known for being stylish, light and relatively cheap - essentially everything the BMW 1-series is not. Because of these characteristics, the 2002 has maintained a devout cult following since its demise in 1975, and the 2002 has become a desirable classic amongst automotive enthusiasts.
With the success of diminutive cars like those produced by the BMW-owned Mini Cooper brand, it appears that there's certainly an audience interested in small, sporty German cars like BMW 2002, so we have to wonder why they haven't capitalized on this yet.
1. Chevrolet Bel Air
Is there any American classic car more iconic than the '57 Chevy Bel Air? We think not. Part of what makes the Bel Air such an incredible car to behold is the lack of fear in its design - it is exactly what it's supposed to be, nothing watered down, no corners cut, no concessions made for mass palatability, and the result is timeless.
If Chevrolet wanted to make another car that resonated with the American public like the '57 Chevy did, they'd be wise to remember that when they go back to the drawing board, and ditch abominations like this concept that completely miss the point. If they can do that, General Motors might just have a new flagship on their hands.