The American automobile industry is quite fascinating. It witnessed the creation of the most original, popular, and emblematic vehicles ever made. However, as time went on, the domestic car industry ended up being weakened for various reasons. The effects of globalization and the incapacity to keep up with consumers’ demands led the entire industry to be overshadowed by more affordable, reliable, and equally as attractive foreign cars. Over the last fifty years, the number of American carmakers present in the market has dramatically decreased.
While some companies like Pontiac and AMC have been discontinued, others are still alive and kicking. However, they have completely revamped their lineups and are doing whatever possible to conquer a more global audience. Cars such as the Challenger Demon are the reason why domestic carmakers should reconsider releasing updated versions of their classic cars. Some of the most coveted discontinued vehicles searched by gearheads online ought to make a comeback. 3D renderings are no longer cutting it.
1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
Though Chevy is always behind Ford when it comes to sales, the company founded by Loui-Jospeh Chevrolet and William Durant has manufactured a large number of mouth-watering vehicles. Whether it is the Corvette, the Impala, or the El Camino, Chevy never failed to come up with fast and stylish beasts on wheels. Some Chevys did earn a bad reputation, but connoisseurs have learned to embrace these cars’ imperfections.
The Corvair Monza is perceived as one of the worst American cars of the ’60s everyone wants to forget, but it is in fact a terrific vehicle. The car’s lines are simply sexy. Though the engines offered are far from being the best ever made, a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine would be perfect for an entry-level Monza. The Corvair Monza should be brought back as a mid-range muscle car, especially after Chevy hinted that the Camaro may come back as a four-door electric sedan.
1968 Oldsmobile Toronado
Today’s gas prices may deter people from owning a classic. It is fair to admit that the boat on wheels that were common in the early ’70s are as fuel-efficient as jumbo jet. However, these elongated full-size coupes and sedans are far more stylish than a Toyota Prius. Whether in their original condition or tastefully restomodded, these cruisers will never fail to grab everybody’s attention.
Boats on wheels have fallen off decades ago. With motorists being increasingly concentrated in urban areas, tiny vehicles are becoming the norm nowadays. However, General Motors should really consider making a Toronado fitted with a C7 ZR6 engine. The car may have to be marketed under Chevrolet, but it would still be an amazing full-size with the power of a super muscle car.
1969 Dodge Coronet RT
Dodge surprised every gearhead in the mid-2000s. The company relaunched its most popular nameplates: the Challenger and the Charger. Fast forward 15 years and the Challenger and the Charger are among the most popular muscle cars currently on the market. Trims such as the Hellcat Redeye or the Super Stock have helped Dodge rebuild a solid reputation domestically.
Over the last two decades or so, Dodge completely reshaped the muscle car industry. Today, its Hellcat engine is the ultimate powerplant currently available on the market. While the Challenger and the Charger are great, Dodge should consider bringing back to life some of the truly underrated muscle cars it previously had in its line up. A modernized version of the Coronet RT would be a huge success.
1970 Chevrolet Nova SS
Strategists at car companies often look at the present and the near future. It is in fact quite impossible to look 50 years in the future, especially when looking at how rapidly technology evolves. Despite being true innovators, engineers and designers are forced to use the tools that are given to them. When carmakers decide to market a second-tier vehicle, it is often safe to assume that the vehicle may not be part of the companies’ lineups for long.
Chevrolet learned the hard way that following current trends may not lead to success. For those who remember the lousy Cobalt SS or the Volt, it is well-known that the two cars were abject failures. If Chevy wants to surf the muscle car revival wave, it must understand that originality and creativity are the name of the game these days. The best way to achieve that would be to bring back the Nova, but to keep its essence while giving it all the latest technological bells and whistles.
1971 Pontiac Trans Am
The Trans Am is Pontiac most respected vehicle. Unlike the Aztek, the second generation Trans Am was beautifully designed, with a slight resemblance to the Camaro of the same era. Though the car was produced until 2002, several of the latest versions were simply disappointing. With that being said, the last Trans Am WS6 is a clear indication that GM should bring back the Trans Am in limited edition.
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