Many Baby Boomers who were car buffs grew up wishing that they could one day own one of these classic cars. These machines weren’t just a boring means to an end of getting from one place to another. These are what we’ve all grown up to recognize as real cars. Maybe it was their styling or their power or the fact that they cost so much. Whatever it was, boys tacked their pictures on bulletin boards or taped them to walls despite the fact that they cost an arm and a leg to repair and maintain.
Alfa Romeo GTV6
A 152-cubic inch single overhead cam V6 engine that generated 154-horsepower powered this hatchback that featured rack-and-pinion steering, a five-speed manual transmission and disc brakes. A story about the development of the car provides a nice window into the thinking of the executives who ran Alfa Romeo when production of this car was considered. The car’s creator, Giuseppe Busso said that when Alfa management asked him to design the car they wanted him to develop three different suspension designs – a cheap option, a cost-efficient compromise, a “best bang for the buck” plan, and a cost no-object, technically flawless option. Management selected the cost no-object alternative.
Aston Martin Lagonda
A total of 645 Lagondas were produced between 1974 and 1990. It was the first production car in the world to be computer managed and to have a digital instrument panel, which didn’t go very well because the computer failed often. The cost of the development of the electronics was four times more than the budget for the entire car. Some people loved it and some hated it. Bloomberg Businessweek rated it as one of the 50 ugliest cars of the last 50 years. Time Magazine listed it in its “50 Worst Cars of All Time” because of the unreliable electronics. The car still looks great and despite the critics, many still claim it as their “dream car.”