Top 10 Underrated Cars In Automotive History

by AutoExpert   |  11 August, 2021

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The car industry is an intriguing one, in which carmakers are continuously engaged in a delicate dance, attempting to handle multiple factors simultaneously. On the one hand, there are the design and technology features of the vehicle to consider.

Softer concerns, such as economic outcomes and executive decisions, are just as significant. In reality, as some of the automobiles listed here demonstrate, even a fantastic car can be ruined by issues unrelated to its performance. It also aims to understand why some ordinary cars often become big market successes, with multiple models and a long production cycle. 

1. Bugatti EB110

Bugatti Veyron, the forerunner of today's Bugattis, was a beast of a supercar back in those days. It had a 553 hp quad-turbo V12 in basic trim, which increased to 603 hp in the SuperSport model. It could reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and go on to a maximum speed of well over 200 mph.

The automobile was a masterpiece, but it was introduced at the same time when Europe and North America were experiencing a crisis. It was a risky combination, and when you consider the French company's other problems, it's easy to see why the famed supercar only lasted a few years on the marketplace.

2. Pontiac GTO

Pontiac is no longer for sale, having succumbed to a wave of inferior models that did more damage than good to a company that had been around for 85 years until 2010. However, there were a few bright moments in those years, one of which came in the form of the Pontiac GTO, a powerful sports coupe.

For the 2005 and 2006 model years, that powerplant was a 400 horsepower LS2 V8 motor coupled to either a 4-speed automatic or, better even, a 6-speed manual gearbox. Regrettably, it was a little too late, and the car failed to make much of an impression on the market.

3. The Tucker 48

The Tucker 48 was only produced for one model year, with a total of 50 automobiles built. The car was beset by a slew of issues, ranging from poor press to a federal probe against the corporation. Preston Tucker, the car's brains, said that the auto industry's "Big Three" were destroying his prospects of success.

4. Gumpert Apollo

It was a car with real supercar specs that could compete with some of the top supercars on the market at the time. The racer model was propelled by a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that produced up to 789 horsepower. In 2009, the automobile set a Nurburgring record by lapping the notorious track in a time of 7:11.57 secs.

The car's initial excitement faded soon, and the firm struggled to find owners for the radical vehicle. The odd styling most likely played a part, and the company was ultimately declared bankrupt in 2012.

5. Jaguar F-Type (Manual Transmission)

The coupe version of the Jaguar F-Type was unveiled for the first time at the 2013 Los Angeles and Tokyo auto shows. Consumers, on the other hand, demanded more, specifically a manual gearbox option. Jaguar took notice and reacted in 2016 with a manual V6 model. Imagine their surprise when the manual F-Type failed to generate any substantial interest in the marketplace.

Sales were so poor that the firm was compelled to declare the car's demise only three years after its debut. The manual F-Type was fantastic, but one can't quite tell what would have occurred if it had been combined with a V8 engine rather than a V6.

6. Ford Edsel

When Ford developed the Edsel project, it had no idea what would happen. The car was supposed to help the American automaker establish a new luxury market, signaling the start of a new era. Over ten years, the corporation is said to have spent more than $250 million on research & innovation.

Despite its weird appearance and poor manufacturing, the Edsel offered several technological advancements, including self-adjusting brakes, an automatic hood release, and a 'Teletouch' transmission system. It had the potential to be a wonderful car, but for a variety of reasons, Ford misread the market, and the Edsel is now widely regarded as one of the biggest automobile disasters.

7. Lincoln Continental

Lincoln Continental has been in circulation for 55 years, spanning nine decades, but even its heritage couldn't save it from extinction in the United States. It last made an appearance in 2016, following a 14-year layoff. The nameplate had recently been resurrected by GM as a full-size premium sedan.

Continental was tastefully designed and equipped with most of the features you'd expect in a modern upscale vehicle. Americans, it turned out, did not care for sedans and seemed to favor SUVs instead. Although the huge SUV priced roughly $30,000 more, 6,586 Continentals were sold in 20219, compared to 18,656 Navigators.

8. TVR Cerbera Speed 12

Cerbera Speed 12 would have surely been one of the greatest British automobiles ever created if it had made it to full operation. Instead, all we have is a bleak story of what might have been. The strong car was created to serve as a platform for a GT1 survival racer as a high-performance road car.

The complications of modifying the car for road use, as well as today's fast-changing GT1 regulations, convinced business executives that the Cerbera Speed 12 initiative was more hassle than it was worthwhile.

9. Yamaha OX99-11

Yamaha designed this F1-inspired automobile, with full production set to begin in 1994. That concept never came to fruition, and the effort was shelved after three finished prototypes due to its exorbitant expenses.

It was a pity because the OX99-11 ticked all the conditions that would make most automotive fans salivate. The car's notable features included an F1-style cockpit, superior aerodynamics, and a screaming V12 motor that produced 400 horsepower at 10,000 rpm.

10. Jaguar XJ220

Few would argue that Jaguar XJ220 was one of the best automobiles to come out of the 1990s. With a max speed north of 210 mph and a 3.6-second acceleration to 60 mph, the limited-production automobile lit up the car industry. Until the debut of the McLaren F1, it was the world's fastest road automobile.

Unfortunately, a slew of difficulties kept the low-slung supercar from realizing its full potential. It was first introduced in 1992, and production ended in 1994, with just 275 units produced out of a total of 350.

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