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Question of the Week: What car was doomed from the start?

Production automobiles live in a weird limbo between the time a designer dreams up a shape and when the first car is sold to the public. Sometimes that drawn-out process proves too much for a new vehicle and it is doomed from the day it rolls off the line. Those cars sometimes live on in infamy, becoming rare and eventually collectable. Others wither on the vine as buyers look elsewhere.

This week we’re curious to hear what you in the Hagerty Forums community think are the cars that were doomed from the start. From high-dollar supercars to low-cost transportation appliances, more than a few automobiles over the years fell flat from the start. Let us know your selection in the comments below.

Edsel --too much strangeness contrary to the trends of the time, and suffered from terrible timing due to economic issues.

Pontiac Aztek --too much plastic cladding, otherwise ahead of its time as a lot of crossover & EV concepts have a lot in common with it.

Corvair & Fiero --drove differently due to drivetrain layout & suspension/steering which the masses couldn’t handle

Post 1955 Studebakers & other independents… industry became one of annual changes which killed all the small car companies that weren’t doing rich people cars.

Chev SS (Holden based one) --hardly marketed and not seen at many dealerships. Could have sold a lot of these. Kind of true for just about any non crossover/SUV of the last 10 years really.

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Hebmuller.

The factory caught fire, ending their bid to become VW’s exclusive convertible provider.

That’s right, a fire. You can’t get any more doom than that, in my opinion. Only slightly less than 700 were made in 49. Probably way less than that in existence now.

The look was so popular in the 80s vw crowd to warrant a fiberglass kit to convert your regular beetle over to that style of roadster.

Kyle

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DeLorean!A built in Ireland tax-fraud from day one.

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The Tucker was doomed from the start

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The Studebaker Avanti. The company was in such bad shape when it was concieved, it’s no wonder it didn’t last. (The company and the car)

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Yugo. A pitiful excuse for a car entirely unsuited for the North American markey.

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The Fiero, GM didn’t know what they were doing when they built it, GM then slashed the budget and went parts bin with it, people didn’t understand it when it came out even though it was a dead simple car, and then there were the fires that were overly publicized. Criticism about it being under-powered didn’t help either.

The fact is that a Ford Escort was far more likely to catch fire, although Ford managed to keep a lid on that, and the Fiero was supposed to be an affordable sporty car not a mini Corvette, that part the buying public didn’t get. having owned both a Fiero and a Miata I have to say that the Fiero wasn’t a street racers dream, but except for the top down fun the Fiero was about as enjoyable to drive as the Miata.

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The 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint

Refreshed with a 289 and an optional c-4 automatic transmission, the Falcon Sprint was launched in the marketing shadow of the new Mustang. Only 1965 300 Sprint convertibles and fewer than 3,000 Sprint hardtops were sold.

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YUGO!
It was a car whose time had come; about 30 years before … It was purchased by ‘used car buyers’ that thought they bought a Rolls, treated it like junk and wanted the dealer to make their dreams come true.
I had one as a DEMO! It was a good idea, so I could experience what the customer experienced. I thought it was a kool car that could easily be thrown around corners, but I knew what it was. an old fiat …

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Mustang Mach-E…

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ZENN - What? You never heard of it? That is because it failed! Bigger fail than all the others! An ELECTRIC CAR that was built in Canada from 2006-2009. ZENN = ZERO EMISSIONS NO NOISE. Base price $17,245.00 top speed claimed 25mph, range claimed 40 miles. More expensive than a Prius and more comparable to a golf cart! Sales were flat from the beginning with less than 400 reported sales.
A perfect Concours d’Lemons show car!

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Chevy Vega. The innovative all aluminum engine and vertical railway shipping system were ahead of their time.

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1990’s Lumina APV and siblings. While Chrysler’s conservative minivans sold in the bazillions, GM created a plastic bodied, Dustbuster shaped fiasco with a dashboard so deep that they had to carpet it to eliminate glare on the enormous windshield. A friend bought one, not because he especially liked it, but because the Chevy dealer was practically giving them away.

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The AMC Pacer. Who wants to drive a fishbowl?

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Pontiac Aztec! Game over!

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My own personal 1969 FIAT; (Fix It Again Tony!)
WHAT a piece of crap.
I did know someone who was cursed with a SIMCA!

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Pretty much anything from American motors in the 1970s that didn’t start with “J”, ie. Jeep or Javalin

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Got to be the Yugo. The “show car” they presented at the San Francisco Auto Show was painted three different shades of red.

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