Funny , I had two Stellars......one a stick the other an automatic. I installed an Audi badge in the front & one on the trunk lid...........drove those German guys crazy when I was on the 401 Hwy......they pass, slow down .....check it over.....confused as hell !
Garbage cans on wheels.... In the early 80's when I was in HS, I remember NOT fondly the debut of the 'Excel" A girl in my class got suckered by the Hyundai dealer and bought a fully loaded Italian designed piece of junk. It was back to the dealer repeatedly and eventually disappeared. Hyundai faked out the public by offering a pretty little car for a low price.... that turned out to be a corrupt P.O.S.!! Hyundai will NEVER be a classic after this abomination!!!
In the early 90's a friend of mine owned a first gen Excel. It had about 130k miles at the time and would have been pictured in the dictionary next to 'bucket of bolts'. It was so bad that every time he hit a pothole the door chimes dinged. But it was surprisingly reliable, doing a 60 mile daily commute every day without fail. There was definitely nothing collectible about it. He just couldn't afford anything better.
I owned a Pony in the early 1990's exactly like the one pictured. I bought it for $2000 with about 10K on the odometer frm a police staff sergeant who was very big to get behind the wheel and rarely ever drove it. It was a pretty good car. I installed an aftermarket Crane Cams electronic multi spark ignition and it had a bit for power . Driven carefully on the highway it would give almost 50mpg (Imperial gallons) and never used much oil. One one trip while travelling on an almost empty Interterstate 75 in nothern Michigan I put the pedal to the floor on a long downhill grade and the speedometer registered 160MPH. The plastic heater control valve over the gas pedal once split and the antifreeze spilled down and scalded my right foot. This was a common failing. I sold it to the my son's girlfriend and she drove it into the ground. Rust was a problem even with Oil Gard every year of the 4 years I owned the car. I never had any mechanical problems. All in all not the best or worst car I ever owned.