It’s not only the car industry. For every few successful products, there’s bound to be an unsuccessful one. Whether it’s simply bad, misunderstood or introduced at the wrong time, that’s bound to happen. Cars work in similar manner, but given their relatively high price, it’s easier to weed out the occasional failures. Sadly or luckily – depending on a perspective – these automotive failures usually end up soon forgotten. It’s a good thing considering there have been great many POS cars over the years. It’s unlucky because some fine specimens have shared the same fate although it wasn’t their fault.
Great many reasons can be behind one car’s ultimate success or failure. Even being revolutionary doesn’t always help as you’ll get to know from this list. To the contrary. However, most of the misunderstood cars that’ll appear here are exactly that – misunderstood cars. Whether they were too bold for their time, not economical enough, too expensive, etc. – they probably deserved a different fate. Or at least another chance as their production runs were often too short for them to catch on. In any case, here are 15 fine examples of automotive industry’s obvious strikeouts.
Porsche 914/6 is one of those texbook stories about the car whose greatness gets discovered decades after its discontinuation. In fact, it was only recently that its prices have started soaring. Most of 914’s produced were four cylinder powered roadsters, and they had their fanbase even during the car’s short production run. Flat-six powered 914/6, on the other hand, never was of such luck. Strongest flat-four was only 10 horses weaker and that was obviously enough for most. Moreover, 914/6 was much more expensive than the rest of the lineup. Well, at least it gets the recognition it deserves today.
Northern Ireland-built, French-powered car. DeLorean was misunderstood by its own makers, let alone by the general public. That’s not all. It also had the gullwing doors, fiberglass chassis and stainless steel body. Whether it was the unstable political situation in the Northern Ireland, early eighties American car market stagnation or the general misinterpretation of the car by the gen pop – DeLorean simply didn’t make it. Good news for “Back to the Future” and DeLorean fans, though. The New DMC is planning on building 300 additional retro DeLoreans in late 2016 and an all new batch of modern models as early as 2017. Will it succeed the second time around? Stay tuned to find out.