Cars are far more than just the average runaround. To many of us, they're like a badge of honor, an emblem of status and achievement that speaks to the wider world. For those who've just passed their driving tests and became a licensed vehicle driver, it's a stepping stone in a young person’s life, the beginning of developing into a well-rounded responsible adult, although such an image of being grown up pales when the urge to step down on the accelerator grows and a driver speeds along a stretch of open road. Owning a car is a status symbol from such a young age that when it enters our psyche, it becomes an aim for most people to own a monster of the road.
Unfortunately, fate sometimes has other ideas, and people need a more practical vehicle to get them around from one errand to another, so the dream of having a monster in the driveway dwindles. But there are some cars that are collectible and go down in history as cars that hold their value and are even more valuable than when they were new. On the flip side, there are cars that companies churn out from their production lines that most people wouldn’t miss if the factory that makes them were hit by a comet! Meanwhile, legends of the road lie in garages rusting when they could've instead gotten a 21st-century facelift, just like these 10 that need a remake and 10 that need forgetting.
20 Chevy Camaro (Reboot)
This one's sleek, lovable, iconic and an emblem of the new freedom ethic that erupted across the world, especially in America in the 1960s. In an era when the Cold War was at its height, the USA churned out some motors that became a cornerstone of cool and the perfect soft top for traveling across states, allowing the hood up in the colder states and down along the desert roads of the South! Although the Camaro was only in production for three years, it captured the hearts of a nation and would be welcomed if it returned. In the days when cars rolled right out of Detroit and onto American highways, a little nostalgia is always welcome, even with today’s substance-over-style electric cars, which any car can be adapted to.
19 Hyundai Accent (Trashed)
Some cars just ooze boredom from their very exhaust pipes, and although most of us have to acknowledge that cars are more of a matter for function than for form and beauty, it must have some kind of aesthetic appeal, surely. Well, not the Hyundai Accent! More than just making an appearance on some car journalist’s list of bad vehicles, the public even voiced their distaste for this poor little automobile when they surveyed it, too. One of the people voiced his displeasure so much that he was quoted to have said, “They make me puke every time I see one!” It may be bland and uninspiring, but surely, no car has the power to make people vomit. This is real life, not The Exorcist!
18 Peugeot 205 GTi (Reboot)
Some small cars that are run-around vehicles designed entirely for practical purposes do enter into the hearts and the general appreciation of the wider public. These vehicles were known for their utilitarian brilliance as well as a winning design that's both appealing and timeless. One of these is the Peugeot 205 GTi, a brand of French cars that possess a little bit of bijou Gallic charm. A car designed around the end of the '80s and the beginning of the '90s, it comes in either 1.6- or 1.9-liter, which for a car of its size, really packs a punch and comes with the blocky yet streamlined style that made so many cars of that era look great and is a punchy motor that punches above its weight even today.
17 Nissan GT-R (Trashed)
Nissan is a Japanese brand, and the Japanese go hand-in-hand with high technology and cutting-edge innovative gadgetry, so one would inevitably think that their cars are the type produced by a nation so futuristic that many believe Japanese automotive vehicles would be flying, self-driving machines that can also offer relationship advice. But as far as Nissan goes, the GT-R model is an attempt at a sports car but fails to live up to the name, unless the sport in question is fishing or something! And with a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 419 brake horsepower and a top speed of 195 miles per hour, it should be a fairly gutsy drive, although Top Gear/ The Grand Tour Patriarch Jeremy Clarkson begs to differ and doesn’t give this Nissan the time of day.
16 BMW E9 (Reboot)
Germany seems to be experts in producing not merely cars but cars that everyone appears to drool over as the benchmark of automotive excellence as well as cutting-edge luxury. Think of the name "BMW," and instantly, the shape and the design of the car will spring to your mind, which goes to show how iconic the BMW brand is and that the noticeable design of the models is exactly what the BMW E9 can be thanked for. Originally designed in 1968, manufactured by BMW until 1975, running the gamut of 2.5- to 3.2-liter engine capacity, and with a great design and shape that formed the shapes of BMW cars for decades to come, this vehicle cements the German manufacturer's reputation for excellence.
15 Vauxhall Vectra (Trashed)
Or "Opal," as the cars are badged in other areas of the world, aren't cars to be sniffed at, but nor are they ones that will ever have motorheads drooling with desire. The Vauxhall’s Vectra model is the kind of vehicle that only a middle-aged accountant would love, and maybe not even a middle-aged accountant is proud to drive these cars. Vauxhall/Opal motors are generally just everyday kinds of cars, but they do the job. However, no boy or man fantasizes about speeding along a highway into the unknown in a Vauxhall Vectra! In the UK, Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame even said that Vectra drivers were a breed apart on the roads, acting in selfish and bizarre ways–this coming from a guy who punched another guy over steak.
14 Jaguar XJS (Reboot)
When thinking of the jaguar, the animal, what comes to mind? A sleek, elegant predator that prowls through the wild and offers a fearsome threat to any lesser animals they hunt and prey upon. For that reason, the Jaguar brand of cars from the UK embodies the ethics of a sleek and lithe big cat that prowls—in this instance, prowls the roads. Jaguar’s fame for producing elegant cars arrived with the Jaguar E-Type, a staple of the James Bond movies, and succeeding the E-Type was XJS, produced from the '70s to the '90s and boasts a monstrous 5.3-liter engine that combines strength with the smooth British charm befitting 007. Available in coupe or convertible, the XJS is a generation-defining motor and luxury engine.
13 Toyota Prius (Trashed)
This is a car that receives almost universal bad press, from Toyota drivers themselves to Brian Griffin in Family Guy. The Prius is the first major global-selling electric car, and it soon became more than a vehicle that was designed for lessening the impact that fossil fuels have on manmade climate change; they've also become an emblem for the smugness of the more eco-conscious. In fact, much has been done in popular culture to parody the self-satisfaction of a Prius driver, such as Brian Griffin in Family Guy or Kyle’s parents in South Park, because it seems as though people owning the Prius possess a self-righteous behavior, as though they're single-handedly saving the world from global warming.
12 Lotus Esprit (Reboot)
Lotus is another brand of a British car, and like the tradition of many of the British cars in the golden age of its engineering, Lotus was a byword for power and finesse. Lotus, of course, originally refers to a flower of the same name, and a lotus flower holds a lot of spiritual symbolism in Eastern culture, although there's nothing serene about the Lotus brand of supercars that have a modern range of cars that can go from 0-60 in just over three seconds! An iconic car, the Esprit model was a long-lasting edition of the manufacturer, produced by Lotus for almost 30 years. But it was a heavyweight model that looked a little like a DeLorean. However, an idea for a revamp was floated by Lotus in 2010 but was scrapped in 2014.
11 Smart Car (Trashed)
It was seemingly designed as a space-saving motor for fitting in with the hustle and bustle of a huge modern metropolis, enabling a driver to squish into a small parking spot and nip in and out of jammed traffic. Smart Cars are also electric cars, so the intention is for these automobiles to nip over to an electrical charging point to continue a trip through busy city streets. So, it may be an economically savvy vehicle in terms of size and fuel consumption, but it's hardly a car that promotes adventure, power, and the sheer thrill of putting a pedal to the metal. Practical purposes are all well and good, but there needs to be a little passion in life and with overgrown bicycles like the Smart Car!
10 60s Style Cadillac (Reboot)
Iconic, stylish, and era-defining with the elegance, flair, and ostentation of what entirely embodies “Americana” is the Cadillac. Beginning production out of Detroit in the '50s, such vehicles were emblems of the American Manifest Destiny—a venture out on the road, beyond the frontier and into the vast wilds of America, encapsulating a sense of freedom in the face of the Russians in the Cold War era. It was so powerful and solid in the group global American identity that saying the word ‘Cadillac’ from the '50s and the '60s, the majority of people would know exactly what the car in question being described is. From movies to memorabilia, the Cadillac model of this time is straight out of nostalgia and an image of the American Dream stamped in time.
9 Volkswagen Jetta (Trashed)
Volkswagen is a German car manufacturer that's one of the biggest car makers in the world, and for that reason, there are many of them about on the roads across the world. Some of the vehicles produced by Volkswagen are wedged perfectly in collective cultural memory, such as the Bug made famous in the Herbie movies, the Volkswagen Campervan that defined the hippies roaming across America, and the '60s 'Free Love' attitude. But the company is a hit and miss; just as often as Volkswagen sails past the goalposts does it score! A perfect example of this is the Volkswagen Jetta, a boring car meant to meet a boring need to keep churning out vehicles to sell and lacking the appeal of the various other models.
8 Dodge Viper (Reboot)
This one's a typical and pretty wonderful example of the so-called American “Muscle Cars,” the type that comes with a range of beefy and dangerous names that bear the handles of lethal animals attached to meaty and strong cars—a pure symbol of engineering prowess. Dodge is a typical American brand, and a perfect example of the Dodge range was the Dodge Viper. This model was on again, off again, on again, and then off again right up until 2017, when production of the vehicle stopped—again! Named after a type of snake, this legend of a car slithers on and off production lines much like the reptile it’s named after. While being sold in Europe under the Chrysler badge, these cars were monsters, and 2018 deserves an 8.3-liter car on the road!
7 Kia Sedona (Trashed)
If there are cars that are purely designed to shatter someone’s dreams of making it in life and for dashing these dreams against the steering wheel or the hood of a bland and uninspiring car, then the Kia Sedona is seemingly exactly the type of motor that personifies such a miserable existence. Kia comes from Korea—South Korea, to be precise. And this is the nation that gave the world the Samsung Galaxy smartphone, which means everyone knows they can design better than this car. It's almost as though Kim Jong Un’s regime designed this miserable-looking multi-person vehicle. It may do the job of moving people on wheels, but so does a scooter! Even a scooter, though, would give a sense of adventure along a freeway—but not a Kia!
6 Volkswagen Campervan (Reboot)
Nothing comes close to the idea of a van, multi-person vehicle/mobile home like the seminal Volkswagen Campervan, a motor that's just as sought after today as it was when it was new—perhaps even more so, for those seeking to indulge in a little cool nostalgia. However, the Volkswagen Campervan is actually set to undergo a 21st century revamp and bring the hippie ethic straight back to the 21st century. And it'll be electric, too—therefore, more loving to Mother Earth. Volkswagen does seem to get their reboots right, as the Beetle model shows that it's just as popular as its original outing. The Mini Cooper also works well, so it just remains to be seen what an effort the remake of this memorable campervan will achieve.
5 Mazda MX-5 (Trashed)
A convertible car should be right out of a boy’s dreams that a man finds himself able to suddenly afford–or splurge savings on during a mid-life crisis! But the memory and fantasy of a soft-top sports car can be sweeter in a dream than in real life, and the truth of a reality and the price of that particular reality of a pricey sports car soon hits home quickly. This is where models like the Mazda MX-5 comes in. It's a sports car for the hard-hitting truth that the real kind of motor that most of us wish to own is out of the reach for the majority of people—a sad reminder of real-life socking someone square in the jaw, in car form.
4 Jensen Interceptor (Reboot)
This is a car that only lasted a decade and, when produced, took Britain by such storm that it even inspired a couple to name their son "Jensen." And he went on to become a Formula One champion, Jenson Button. Interceptor had existed as a brand name for the Jensen company in the '50s and was relaunched in 1966, which was a glorious year for England anyway, as they won the FIFA World Cup that year. It has an awesome engine of 7.3 liters under a huge hood, and the car boasts a spacious 2-door, 4-seater vehicle. However, only less than 7,000 of the model were produced. But a beautiful car needs a renaissance, surely, and this example that bridged the contrasting styles of the '60s and the '70s should be a candidate.
3 Zenos E10 S (Trashed)
Just like every other prestigious automobile-manufacturing nation, the United Kingdom can have the ability to spew out some dreadful examples of automotive horrendousness— well, at least that's according to motoring tsar Jeremy Clarkson. The former BBC Top Gear presenter rants that the Zenos E10 S goes against the philosophy that sports cars should be lightweight objects that maximize the need for speed and enhance the demonstration of the engine’s power. The Zenos boasts that it can reach 60 miles per hour from 0 in only four-and-a-half seconds, but as it only houses a 2-liter engine, this seems dubious. So perhaps, the corner-hugging grip the Zenos site is proud of is a way of compensating for the power it lacks?
2 Pontiac Firebird (Reboot)
This one's an object of lust for people of a certain generation and the mid-life crisis focus of Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey in the Oscar-winning movie, American Beauty. In that film, Burnham buys a Pontiac Firebird with the severance money that he manages to blackmail out of the company that tries to fire him. But anyway, the point is that the Pontiac Firebird is one those cars that have spanned several generations and adapted to the times, ranging from 1967 to 2002, a period of 35 years, which is quite a long time for many car models to remain on the market. The Firebird kept rising from the ashes like a phoenix, coming in coupe and convertible varieties. The engine capacity also came in a large range, going from a 2.5-liter engine, right up to a 7.5-liter V8, so there was a strength of Firebird for almost any taste.
1 BMW X1 (Trashed)
It's quite unique for a BMW to factor on a list of cars that should get trashed as opposed to being a vehicle of aspiration and desire for the world. Furthermore, "BMW" is a byword and benchmark of luxury driving, although the BMW X1 model is a car that's part of their off-road range that combines the engineering precision of the iconic German car maker with some rugged off-road capacity and comes in diesel versions. However, coming in with a limp 2-liter engine, the X1 has more in its model name than its actual usability, effectively neutering the brilliance of the legendary range of BMW's Bavarian brilliance! Other versions of off-road BMWs are available and will pack more punch, but this one's a little ‘off-road’ in its coolness!