GM Cars That Have Been Long Forgotten
It is easy for petrolheads to talk about the best cars that have ever been built but have you ever thought about the ones that have been forgotten? These car models disappeared like Steve Harvey’s hair. Why? Well, they disappeared because of several reasons like terrible looks, poor performances, unreliability or even having limited editions. However, some of the forgotten cars were pretty good; they just came too early for their time, or they were affected by changing regulations. Some of the well-known names that were lost into time include the Chevy Nova, Ford Maverick and the Pontiac Solstice. GM is one of the automakers that have many forgotten car models. Today, we have decided to take a look at them. Your next conversation with your pals will be pretty interesting if you make it about these forgotten GM cars.
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151996 GM EV1
The 1996 GM EV1 was the first pure electric car to be manufactured for the masses. Yes, it came even before Tesla. At the time, it was the world’s most aerodynamic car. It came with a brilliant design, compliant ride, good performance, and a quiet engine. The driving experience was outstanding. General Motors decided to stop mass production of this vehicle because it wasn’t profitable enough. There was a lot of controversy after the automaker ignored its happy EV1 drivers, going ahead to crush all examples. GM allowed leasing of the car, but they didn’t accept purchases. This controversy even led to a documentary that sought to find out why the electric car came to an early death.
141982 Cadillac Cimarron
The 1982 Cadillac Cimarron is everything that Cadillac isn’t. Gm decided to create this car to keep up with consumers who were moving towards compact European luxury brands. The Chevrolet Cavalier inspired this front-wheel drive vehicle. According to automotive journalist Dan Neil, this model was among the “worst cars of all time.” he described it as lazy, venal and wrong. Eventually, Cadillac managed to recover from this mess, but only by a whisker.
GM made this car hoping that it would rival the Mazda Miata. Unfortunately, the Solstice only lasted only between 2006 and 2010. It was sold as a reboot of the Opel GT and the Saturn Sky. The makers of this vehicle got their inspiration from the 2002 Solstice Concept. The Solstice boasts of being a pure roadster. From the driver’s seat, it was very hard to lower its hardtop. In addition to a cheap plastic interior, it needed most of the trunk space when towing. People have already forgotten the last model that was produced less than ten years ago.
Why has this car been forgotten so easily? It wasn’t the best car ever, and neither did it come with any special amenities. It was a run-of-the-mill budget car that was effective. It featured a V6 engine that delivered 140 horsepower and a four-banger that offered 120 horsepower. This car is no longer on the roads although it dominated the late 80s like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movies; it was America’s best-selling car.
This was a lame excuse of a car; a Chevy Equinox with a Pontiac badge. The Torrent was doomed right from the start; there is no way in hell that it would have made it through the next decade. GM shut down Pontiac after four years. According to consumer reports, the Pontiac returned a poor fuel economy from its 3.4-liter V-6 engine. In addition to this, it also had lackluster materials in the interior.
10The Chevy Nova of the 1980s
If you remember the end of the muscle car era, then you know something about the Chevy Nova. The Nova we’re referring to had too many Toyota parts. Yes, it had no flavor, just a little four-door box. Although it was used to experiment with the automaker’s pioneering twin-cam engine, the Nova name died on its watch. It only offered 74 horsepower. You might want to forget it as soon as you see it.
9The GM Runabout
GM made this concept car for stay-home moms. It was launched during the 1964 World Fair. This three-wheeled concept was as weird as they come; it had a built-in shopping trolley and the shape of a spaceship. In addition to this, it also came with unusual doors. The only way to enter the car was through a canopy that folded forward and lifted upwards. The creators of this vehicle must have been smoking on some terrible weed. It isn’t surprising that it never went into production and there’s hardly any information about it.
You will be forgiven for trying to chew on this vehicle because it looks like a loaf of bread! It is based on the Corvair. It lasted between 1961 and 1965. Just like the Porsche 911, this funky looking van came with an air-cooled, flat-six engine on the back. The Greenbrier had several bodies: a workhorse windowless van, a motorhome version, and a clever pickup truck. During this time, Chevrolet was at the peak of its innovativeness. The automaker got tired of the Greenbrier because it couldn’t match its cheaper rivals from Dodge and Ford.
71970 Chevrolet Vega
This vehicle was launched in 1970. The Vega boasted of having the looks of Hercules, but it was quite unreliable. In the beginning, this vehicle made good sales despite competing against the Ford Pinto and several Japanese competitors. Unfortunately for Chevy, these good sales did not last. The manufacturer used poor materials in order to maintain its low price, and this resulted in numerous problems. For instance, it was prone to rust because it had an unusually thin body sheet metal. Also, there were numerous complains about the vehicle’s overheating engine. The weedy 80hp engine also suffered from gasket failure, which destroyed engines. By 1977, the Vega was nowhere to be seen. It was killed by disappointed owners.
6The 2004 GMC Envoy XUV
Nobody asked this question, but GM decided to answer it anyway. It is a crossbreed of a conventional SUV and a pickup truck. This five-passenger vehicle came with a retractable rear roof. The passenger compartment could be partitioned from the cargo area by raising the Envoy’s “midgate.” The cargo area came with a drainage system, and it was also waterproofed. Unfortunately, the XUV was not a complete SUV because the seats lacked a third row. In addition to this, the cargo area was a little too small for pickup. It was scrapped in 2005.
51975 Chevrolet Chevette
The Chevette stayed around for a while, but it still ended up in the tomb of forgotten cars. It was introduced when Japanese and European subcompacts were about to dominate the American market. This Chevy was hopelessly outshined by rivals like the Volkswagen Rabbit and the front-drive Honda Civic. The Chevette had a meager 53hp four-cylinder engine that worked with rear-wheel drive. It also had an archaic suspension. It maintained healthy sales until 1987; this is thanks to its bargain-basement pricing. Eventually, the cheapest base models became adopted badge-engineered Isuzu and Suzuki.
41975 Chevrolet Monza
The Monza was like Michael Jackson after he grew older; just the same guy under a different skin. Yes, the Monza was just another Chevrolet Vega in an attractive Italian suit. It looked like a goddess on the outside, but it was the same awful car in the inside. Just like the Vega, the entry-level Monza was seriously underpowered. This vehicle came in the form of a traditional coupe or a hatchback. The Monza was dropped after a six-year run.
The Eldorado ran from 1952 to 2002. It was a decent looking car. In the beginning, it was among the best cars in the Cadillac lineup, but it was neglected during its last days. Its last generation was manufactured between 1992 and 2002. Most of the new models have been forgotten, but some folks still remember the old classics.
This is one of the forgotten cars, and not because it’s terrible. No, it’s actually a very good car only that it was very limited. Between 1975 and 1976, the automaker produced less than 300 models. This vehicle was a pickup truck that was based on a Cadillac Coupe de Ville. The juice came from an 8.2-liter V-8 engine that produced 200 horsepower.
In the 1980s, GM showcased this funky little concept which foretold how we would be driving today. It was the canvas used to portray emerging electronic technology. Some car experts even claim that it had 14 computers. They also say that it came with a “laser” key that turned on the ignition and opened doors. It made a comeback in the mid-1990s. It is almost unbelievable that nobody remembers the Questor, especially considering that it laid the groundwork for most of the technology we see in cars today.