As years pass, new models enter lineups, and well-known models leave them. While some models are left behind for good reason, others leave us with a hole in our heart that cannot be filled until it is brought back. Recently, we have seen an influx of re-introduced muscle cars, such as the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and Dodge Challenger.
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But, there are still plenty of retro cars out there that we would love to see back in their respective lineups.
Everyone has their own personal lists of which classic and exotic cars should be brought back, and today we are here to present ours. Here are our top 10 classic and exotic cars that should be brought back.
10. Audi Sport quattro
In the days of Group B rally racing, the Audi Sport quattro was a monster. Now, rally fans and automotive enthusiasts have longed for a revival of the quattro. Fortunately, Audi has introduced a quattro concept that looks promising.
9. Chevy El Camino
Whether you love it or hate it, the El Camino is an unmistakable vehicle. Its truck/car hybrid makeup is one that is still around today, but typically in countries other than the United States. While the El Camino is more than likely not suited for today’s market, there are a large number of hardcore enthusiasts that would love to have the El Camino back.
8. Toyota Supra
More than likely if you were an automotive enthusiast in the 1990s, you had a poster of the Toyota Supra hanging up on your wall. Toyota created something special with the Supra that they have no been able to recreate since they did away with the model. Hopefully, the FT-1 will hit production, as it looks to be the spiritual successor to the Supra.
7. Jaguar E-Type
Yes, we have the Jaguar F-TYPE, and, yes, it is an incredible car, but it’s no E-Type. There is something about the smooth lines of the E-Type that make it one of England’s signature automobiles. While the E-Type may never find it’s way back into Jaguar’s lineup again, they have created a limited run of six Lightweight E-Types that originally never made it to production.
6. Shelby Mustang GT350
The Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 was possibly one most important Mustangs, as it was the start of Shelby’s involvement in upgrading the line. It has been decades since we’ve seen a true GT350, as the 2011 version was a post-title upgrade available from Shelby. However, if you ask nicely enough, they will deliver. Coming soon to a dealership near you is the brand-new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.
5. De Tomaso Pantera
Often pitted against the Lamborghini Jalpa, the De Tomaso Pantera was, and is, a fantastic car. Powered by a 5.8-liter V8 sourced from Ford, the Pantera was an Italian sports car that had an astounding 20 year long run. The De Tomaso company has been under fire after the man who bought the company in 2009, Gian Mario Rossignolo, was arrested for a misuse of government funds. Considering this, another Pantera may be impossible, but we can always dream of a revival.
4. Tesla Roadster
With Tesla riding the wave of success from their Model S, it’s only a matter of time until the company introduces a sportier model back into their line up. The Roadster was a great car that showed exactly what an electric sports car was capable of. Indeed, the Model S is quick, but with Tesla being in a better spot than they were years ago when the Roadster was introduced, we can’t help but wonder about the possibilities of a new Tesla sports car.
3. Aston Martin One-77
Limited to only 77 examples, the Aston Martin One-77 was a very rare beast. This hypercar was powered by a 7.3-liter V12 engine and had a top speed of 220 mph, making it the fastest Aston Martin ever. Production of the car only ended in 2012, but the absence of a hypercar like the One-77 in Aston Martin’s lineup has left us with an empty feeling.
2. BMW M1
The M1 was the first mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. It housed a 3.5-liter inline-six cylinder engine. It put BMW into the exotic scene that featured cars such as the Lamborghini Countach, and excelled on the racetrack. The i8 is a good start, but a return of the M1 badge would be even greater.
1. Maserati MC12
Maserati has been seeing great success with the entry-level-priced Ghibli, and they plan on introducing more models into their lineup. On the opposite side of the spectrum from the Ghibli is the MC12, which has not been produced in almost a decade. To complement the Ghibli, why not bring back the 6.-liter V12 monster? Imagine a world where the MC12 roams the current championship circuits. That’s a world we want to live in.