We've had a LOT of Bronco coverage these past few weeks, which got me thinking: What is the next retro automotive icon that should come back into production?
Let's make it harder by NOT allowing dead brands: You CANNOT buy something from a nonexistent dealer network!
Chevy Citation. It’ll give Chevrolet the opportunity to have another front engine muscle car for those who don’t like the new Vette.
And they might be able to just flatten out a new truck to start.
Ford Pinto. Yes Pinto 2 door wagon, bear with me.
What America needs is a american made true proper shooting brake (think Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato shape). Ford could could use Mustang underpinnings. Their 2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged 4 cyl engine, 310 horsepower / 350 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to 6-speed manual trans and IRLS rear axle, would be cool on a smaller and lighter 2 door shooting brake, they could offer AWD too. Name it the Pinto GT Country Squire Wagon. It won’t “muddy” the Mustang name or heritage. Make mine a Pinto GT 500 Country Squire Wagon. Ford would have to offer optional genuine simulated wood grain contact paper sides too.
You can’t go to a Mercury dealer today and buy one. Putting it in Wrong answer: category. I do like the idea. So have Ford call it the Thunderbird again….oh wait, the Thunderbird again would have then be called the Phoenix. Oh wait that also would be in the Wrong answer: category too. So does that mean @tamuscott had it right with the Chevy Citation X11?
I would absolutely love to see a new RX-7! The FD was one of the most beautifully sculpted bodies - mated to a hair curling red line. We need a new version that follows that lineage - NOT the RX-Vision with the king sized mattress of a hood.
You beat me to it. But I order to keep it in lineage it needs to be rotary. Mazda still produces the short-block used for the 13bREW. Maybe modernizing the sequential system and shipping the car to the owner for “final assembly” could get them around the CARB and CAFE hurdles. ??
Fun to dream.
How about a 356. Keep it light , miminimal electronics, the turbo four from the Cayman . 250 hp , great suspension . Under $50 grand . It would kill it . I am ready with a deposit
Lincoln Town Car. Use the same last generation design but upgrade with AWD and modern technology. Pull the V8 out of mothballs because hey...it's a Town Car. The car will sell like hotcakes. This SUV virus has to be stopped.
Easy... bring back the late model Corvair! Modern, flat 6 or 8 DOHC engine, still rear mounted. Air cooling probably gone, as Porsche did, but with modern electronics and fuel injection, plus turbocharging (remember, the Corvair was among the first). Make it a drivers car. Don't hang a bunch of useless electronic crap on it. Sell it for about $25-30k. Too bad GM didn't have bigger balls back then, and they probably still don't.
Roadrunner on charger frame , make it two doors , charger with two doors ,make lock like 68 to 70,
el camino ss using camaro frame and part front end
falcon or fair lane using Taurus frame using 63 spirit ,
nova 67 to 70
ranchero using Taurus frame , make look 68 to 72 ,
62 impala using the 2018 impala frame and v8 and v6 motors
A full AMC line-up. No SUV's, car. Hear me out. AMC was purchased by Chrysler in 1987, so could be resurrected. Just as Plymouth could be. There's a dealer network, called Jeep? You know, the company AMC bought in 1970? Back in 2008, Hot Rod magazine did an April fools spoof, but to be honest, the cars don't look too bad! When the SUV craze ends (and it will some day), people will be wanting CARS again. Build them in the USA, you know, AMC stands for AMERICAN MOTORS CORPORATION. http://nspmotorsports.blogspot.com/2010/02/future-amc-concept-cars.html
You bring up a good point. In theory Mercury/Plymouth/Pontiac & Oldsmobile could be also sold in Lincoln/FCA/Buick dealerships. Someone would have to pay for the signage, but I guess that's a drop in the bucket relative to building a retail presence from scratch.
None of the above. The Retro thing has played out and it is time for new and modern new classics to be created.
Not doing new models with new names is lower risk but lazy. Automakers are facing a much different future so they are going to find they will have to step out and be bold again.
While I am not a big EV fan I applaud Cadillac for taking a big swing at the future. They are creating a new future and not trying to take some converted ICE models and trying to pass them off as great cars. They also are not trying to pass off old names as the new vehicles.
Yes this is a risky move but I feel they will pull this off and create a new image for a very damaged name plate.
Nearly every car on the list above is forgettable as are many suggested names. I am not a snob as I even own one of the named cars. It had its time but time has moved on.
if we never had companies taking risks we would never have had steel bodies, auto transmissions, the 55 Chevy and small block, the Corvette, the Mustang etc. Not all were successful in risky moves but when they were they changed the industry.
I hate Elon Musk but he proved people will pay more money for a better EV car vs the cheap odd looking science experiment looking cars that made no money. It Changed how GM and VW looked at the market and they soon will be a dominate factor with EV cars that will not make us change our live styles to live with.
Sorry it is cold and wet here so I am in rant mode. Just got to let it out when you have cabin fever. Lol!
Excellent point and GM is taking a leap of chance to continue to move forward to invent new concepts for the future of GM. You have to take a leap of faith or take risk in this case to move forward or otherwise, they'll be stuck in the stone age.