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The cars least likely to become future classics

By raccars Published


Do you think your car will make a list of future classics or fade into obscurity?

Sometimes it's easy to identify a car which will be considered among the future classics, while it can be equally obvious that some cars just won't achieve that kind of status in the future. Some never quite connected with consumers due to awkward design notes, some gained a bad reputation for unreliability, others were simply too expensive for what was on offer. The following may have served their owners well for a number of years but are not likely to become revered future classics.

Unlikely future classics

Ford Scorpio

The 1994-1988 Ford Scorpio replaced the earlier Granada but its bug eyed front end and ungainly stance did not find favour with the press or the car buying public. Strangely the Scorpio didn't even redeem itself with decent driving dynamics, even though Ford had proved it was capable in this area with the Sierra model. The Scorpio Cosworth made a valiant effort but ultimately the Scorpio has been consigned to the sub-£1,000 bargain basement section of the classifieds, many of which appear to be hearses...

Reliant Robin

Made from 1973-2002, the Robin is mostly famous for its star turn in 'Only Fool and Horses'. Motorists were, for a while at least, attracted by the fact that you were entitled to drive it on public roads with only a motorbike licence and the fact that it was a bargain. However this was definitely a case of getting what you pay for. The Robin was surprisingly nifty at the lights as a result of plastic bodywork, but it also had an unfortunate habit of rolling over around corners like the local drunk.

It's hard to believe that it was in production as recently as 2002, as it had long become the object of ridicule by then, despite earning a special niche as a novelty thanks to its TV career. You do find them occasionally on sale for as much as £3,000, but the Robin simply doesn't hold itself together long enough to become a classic in the future.

Chrysler Crossfire

The Crossfire of 2004-2008 made a good attempt, with fairly bold design and a Mercedes chassis. Unfortunately this was the stodgy, ten year old platform used by the first SLK which had since been discarded by the German firm. Its divisive looks must have appealed to some and it came with plenty of comfort and convenience features. However, the Crossfire really had very little to recommend it to the UK market, with a cramped interior and poor driving dynamics. They can still be found for a few thousand in the classifieds.

Ford Cougar

Made from 1998-2002, on paper the Cougar sounded pretty good. It was designed to capture fans of the earlier Capri and its disappointing replacement, the Probe, in two door, sports coupe form. While it looked the part, the Cougar was unexciting to the point of tedium from behind the wheel. Customers simply couldn't understand why their sporty coupe was so sluggish and Ford, rather than solving the problem at source with a decent chassis and engine range, simply phased the Cougar out instead. Still available for about £1,000 if you trawl the classifieds carefully.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Another controversially designed American effort from 2001-2010, the PT Cruiser was aimed at hot rod fans. Unfortunately it was far from hot - or even lukewarm. It wasn't as quirky as it thought it was, with desperately pedestrian driving dynamics and no serious traction in a market dominated by far more talented rivals. Somehow the PT Cruiser is still commanding £1,000 plus on the used market.

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