Millions of Christians around the world will soon be celebrating the resurrection of their religion’s most well known prophet. But there have been plenty of worthy cars to leave production over the past 2,015 years which haven’t had the chance to make a comeback.
So, we’ve come up with the five cars we’d most like to see rise again. Some are fast, some are beautiful, but all were legends in their own time. Some may yet make a resurgence but, until that happy day, these beautiful high-res pictures will have to do.
The Mazda RX-7 might not be as well known as its smaller MX-5 sibling but it’s something of a legend among petrolheads. Over its various generations the RX-7 developed a reputation for being insurmountable on the track and inimitable around a drift course. Part of the legend had to do with its unconventional rotary engine – it may have had its share of reliability problems but it sounded like nothing else.
Rally racing was nearly as big as Formula 1 in the 80s and manufacturers were fiercely battling it out for muddy supremacy. Lancia had dominated proceedings for too long with its Stratos and Montecarlo, so the bosses at Audi said “genug!” and introduced the Quattro. With its groundbreaking four-wheel-drive system, it was fast like a sports car and grippy like an off-roader and it utterly decimated the competition.
Sometimes getting somewhere quickly isn’t important – it’s how you look when you arrive that counts. We’d argue there’s no finer way to make an entrance than in the Bugatti Royale. Just six of these gorgeous motorcars were produced by Bugatti in the booming 20s and 30s and they were powered by a 12-litre engine loosely based on an aeroplane’s. They weren’t practical, fast or efficient – their only job was to look drop-dead beautiful.
BMW Z3 M Coupe
An odd-ball from BMW’s stable – the Z3 M Coupe took the E46 M3’s sonorous straight-six petrol engine and stuffed it into the dainty Z3 roadster. But, far from being done with the weirdness, the brand then stuck a roof and boot awkwardly on the back for a shooting brake bodystyle. Despite these additions, petrolheads fell head-over-heels for the Z3 M Coupe and values continue to rise today.
If the Audi Quattro was the car to end Lancia’s dominance of the World Rally Championship then the Delta is the car that took it right back again. At first glance, it looks like an unassuming late-80s hatchback but Lancia stuck four-wheel drive and a psychotic 2.0-litre turbo underneath and it became a rallying god. Ultimate S4 versions were turbo- and supercharged and rumoured to make more than 500hp.
And the one we hope stays dead…
This horrible quadricycle – it doesn’t legally qualify as a car – was mooted as the ideal transport solution for congested cities such as London and Paris. The G-Wiz looked awful, was perilously slow and desperately unsafe – if a G-Wiz hit a pedestrian, the car would almost certainly come off worse. To cap it all off, it cost as much as a proper car – although it’s hard to put a figure on the humiliation you’d feel driving it.
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