With modern technology, European automakers have been able to create supercars. These are luxurious, high-performance sports cars. In the modern-day supercars is the pinnacle of the automotive industry. This is mainly because the automakers put so much effort and technology in creating these cars. They have the best look, they are also filled to the brim with technology, and when it comes to performance, they are just the best! Basically, these supercars are the latest invention in the automotive industry. The European automakers have invested so much in the making of these cars therefore, it is only logical for them to sell the cars at high prices.
As a result of the astonishing features of these supercars, everyone wants to own his\her own supercar, giving them have a really big demand, and creating a lot of pressure on European automakers, so much so that they start making cars which did not match customer qualification.
Also, due to the emergence of supercars, some cars were immediately forgotten because of their primitive nature. Some of the cars that were being made in Europe some years back were ugly, the mentioned reasons are among the reasons why European auto-making companies want us to forget the cars that were wiped out with the emergence of these supercars. In this article, we are going to review these cars that the European auto-making companies want us to forget so badly. We will look at the reason why they were forgotten or want to be forgotten so that we can be able to evaluate if they really deserve to be forgotten.
18 Renault Dauphine
The Renault Dauphine is an economy car with a rear engine, it was manufactured by Renault in one body style – a three-box, 4-door saloon – as the successor to the Renault 4CV; soon approximately more than two million cars were manufactured during its 1956-1967 production run.
The last of the base-model Dauphine cars was made in December of the year 1966 and the last Gordini models were sold in December of the next year. By this time the Renault Dauphine had already been removed from the European automaker's production lines and the Dauphine assembly was subcontracted during the car’s last years.
17 Audi 100
The Audi 100 model is a four-door car with an engine at the front and front- or all-wheel drive. It was made with different generations: the first generation, the second generation, and the third generation.
The third generation Audi 100 was vastly noted for its progressed aerodynamic design finishes, which comprised of a pin-located, flush window on the side —and a drag coefficient of 0.30.
The third generation did not stay in the market for long since it was overtaken by the next advancement of Audi, the Audi 200, making the company forget about the previous models, and making us forget about them too.
16 Fiat Multipla
The Fiat Multipla is a compact MPV, which was made by Italian automakers Fiat from 1998 to 2010. Grounded on the Brava, the Fiat Multipla was smaller and broader than its competitors. It had two rows which had three seats when its competitors had two across front seating.
However, this car was a really ugly one! It kind of looked like an SUV, and in fact, the automakers wanted to make a cheap car that looked an SUV but instead, the automakers ended up with a car which was ranked the ugliest car. That was enough reason for them to want to forget about that car.
15 Audi TT
The Audi TT is a 2-door compact sports car which has been made and sold by Volkswagen's Group subsidiary Audi since 1998. The Audi TT was assembled by the Audi subsidiary Audi, using bodyshells made and painted at Audi's Ingolstadt plant for the first two generations, and parts created totally by the Hungarian factory for the third generation.
What deters this Audi from being even better are a few decisions made by the executives behind Audi.
It is not that hard to imagine that the cabal did not want the seven-speed dual-clutch model of the Audi TT sold in the United States. Due to that and many other reasons the manufacture of Audi TT was stopped.
14 Merkur XR4Ti
The Merkur XR4Ti is a high-performance 3-door hatchback, it is a product of the Ford Motor Company, the automobile was a new version of the European Ford Sierra XR4i which was modified to the regulations of the united states. The XR4Ti scheme was supported by Ford vice president Bob Lutz.
The Merkur XR4Ti was the replacement to Ford of Europe's Cortina and was advanced while Lutz was chairman of Ford's European actions.
As a result of financial shortages, a decision was made to keep the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive design of its predecessor and follow a better fuel economy through modern aerodynamics. These were good cars but the European companies stopped making them.
13 Merkur Scorpio
The Merkur Scorpio is an advanced version of the European Ford Scorpio, only this one has four doors and a liftgate or hatchback. It was made around 1987 and 1989 and was sold by Merkur as 1988 and 1989 models. However, it was discontinued in October 1989. It was unsuccessful in the European market for a number of reasons, and some modern observers cited poor marketing of the vehicle and model for the sudden and quick fall. In the year 1989, Ford officially announced it was not continuing with the imports of the Scorpio to the European market due to very poor sales and the cost of converting the car to meet the new European market standards was very high.
12 Replica cursor (1985)
The irony with the name of this car is that it appears to look exactly like a computer mouse. It is not a coincidence since it was introduced at a time when the dot-com affluent was beginning to manifest and when personal computers with fittings like the mouse were already being processed. The automobile was made by Replica Limited, which can be located in Kent, England.
The body is totally made from fiberglass and has a tube-shaped steel framework. There were the 2-seater and 1-seater choices. Most of the units that were sold were 1-seaters, and less than ten 2-seaters were ever made.
11 Volkswagen Scooter
The Volkswagen Scooter took really different direction when it comes to design. They took a paradigm shift in terms of design and performance. It resembled a normal commuting car with the exception of having only 3 wheels. It had a weight of 635 kgs and it came with a 4-speed manual transmission.
It has a 4-cylinder engine that produces 40 hp. It was made as a car for the future car, that had the feeling of a sports car and a comfortable package for driving in the city. The combined gullwing doors were viewed as a design that could be useful in the future.
However, the design might not have met the expectations, but the practicability was well executed. The automakers henceforth made to effort to advance it and that is how we were made to forget it.
10 GRINNALL SCORPION II (1992)
The Grinnall Scorpion is a car that was made in the 90s. The engine that was used in the making of this vehicle is similar to that of a BMW bike, and the front suspension that was used in this vehicle is from Ford. The vehicle was created with an intention of having fun while driving on the road and also to give the person driving the experience of a racing car but in an in a small package. But the automakers made no effort that it was overtaken by other cars with high tech advancements.
9 RELIANT MKVI (1960)
Reliant MKVI was a car from the 1960s. It was made by a European company called Reliant Motor Company. Reliant Motor Company was one of the early companies who started the inventions of the three-wheel car "madness."
The Reliant Motor Company has produced more than 200,000 three-wheelers over the course of over half a century. The one that really stood out and beat all the odds was the Reliant MKV1.
There were numerous revisions before the company could arrive at the MKVI. The first car was launched in 1952, but it was very elementary in terms of functionality and design. This made the car become extinct slowly. If only the company could have kept up the advancements.
8 NOBEL 200 (1959)
The Nobel 200 is a 3-wheeled car that gives you the feeling that it is still being constructed. The exhaust pipe is hanging under the tires, and it is a straightforward example of a poor design skills.
There is no proportionality between the body of the car and the tires, and part of its design seemed like it came straight out of a bad animation movie.
The car was also designed to give the person driving the feeling of a supercar whenever he is driving but instead, it gave the person driving a sense of incompletion and lack of safety. It did not last that long in the market.
7 PEEL P50 (1962)
The Peel P50 is not only the ugliest 3-wheeled car ever to be built, but it is also in the Guinness Book of Records for being the world's smallest passenger car. This car was so small that if you were a big guy, then you will most probably not fit in the car because even a normal-sized person would have to sit in a very uncomfortable way so that they could actually fit. However, one of these cars sold at an auction for $176,000 in the year 2013. The market was so bad that the company had to stop making them.
6 PEEL TRIDENT (1965)
The Peel Trident is another Peel car to make it on the list. Boosted by the success of the P50 in the early days, the company came to a settlement that they should introduce the Peel Trident. The Trident appeared to look like a concept vehicle from the tv show The Jetsons, and the design must have been inspired by the tv show. This car has a few records to its name, but not all of them are admirable. Time magazine ranked the Peel Trident as one of the top 50 worst cars ever to be made. These reasons made the automakers shy off from making more cars.
5 BOND BUG (1970)
The Bond Bug is a three-wheeled vehicle that was built from 1970 to 1974. The vehicles were first manufactured by Bond Cars Ltd for a period of time until the Reliant Motor Company took over. The vehicle’s features include a 700 CC 4-cylinder engine and 29 hp. The car had a positive and successful launch, and the Reliant Motor Company was positive that it would sell since it was a 3-wheeled car. The Bond Bug was able to manage 76 mph, which was revolutionary at that time and was faster than some saloon cars in the market. However, the car invested so much in speed that they forgot about space.
4 FUJI CABIN (1955)
The Fuji Cabin was an automobile that was made 10 years after the second World War II. The first attempt was the Fuji Cabin in 1955. In the beginning, there were only 85 units to be made ever, and it was one of Japan's most successful microcars despite the limitations in the aesthetic department.
The car had a 5.5 hp 2-stroke single-cylinder engine. The engine could manage a top speed of 37 mph.
The car also included a reverse gear in its features, which was not common for 3-wheeled vehicles at that particular time. The time of its manufacture and many other reasons made this car to go extinct.
3 CARVER ONE (1997)
Ever heard of the saying "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder?" Well, the Carver One is the best example. The car received a lot of diverse reviews. To some people, the Carver One was a masterpiece, while according to others, it was a painful sight to the eyes.
But there is one thing that we all can agree on and that is that this car is an attention grabber. The production of the Carver One was ongoing until 2009 when the company filed for bankruptcy. At that time the cost of one carver one was 30,000 euros, which was absurd for a 3-wheeled car with limited functions.
2 SINCLAIR C5 (1984)
One glance at the Sinclair c5 and you would immediately say that it resembles a toy car for adults. The C5 was one of the earliest vehicles that were being powered electrically, though you still had to use a pedal so that it can help you in movement. The car, however, received poor reviews from the European media, which did not aid in the launch of the vehicle. Also, the vehicle had some huge limitations. It could only manage 15 mph, which was a very low speed even for a three-wheeled car. The automakers reduced the production of these cars and eventually stopped altogether.
1 BOND MINICAR (1957)
The Bond Minicar was an exceptional car since it had a protruding "nose," which made it unique from the other cars. It was made by a British company known as Sharp's Commercial Limited. It was made between the years 1949 and 1966.
The car was labeled as a "short radius runabout," which was created with an aim of short-distance traveling, commuting to places like going to the grocery store and back.
The car, by then was perfect for commuting within a 20 to 30-mile radius. Early examples could be able to climb 25 percent gradient with a maximum of two people onboard. However, by the time the car was slowly facing its demise off the market. This was a good car that the European company should consider starting making again.
Sources: caranddriver.com; msn.com; motor1.com