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Which cars would you bring back from the dead?

By raccars Published


The McLaren F1 is being reinvented. Which cars would you like to see make a comeback?

It can be a sad time when a favourite car is discontinued, rather like the end of a relationship or the death of a beloved pet. Even worse, no matter how strong your spiritual beliefs, you know there is very little chance the car will be reincarnated, due to minor frustrations such as manufacturers having to make a commercial case for spending the money...

Pragmatism aside, which cars would you most like to see reincarnated?

Lancia Delta HF Integrale

The current state of the Lancia line-up is a sad affair when you look at the Italian brand's past glories, particularly the rallying legend that is the Integrale. Would you even recognise the Ypsilon if it were in front of you? How come no-one is giving the company a helping hand?

Lancia is part of the larger Fiat Chrysler group, the Italian side of which recently enjoyed a joint venture with Mazda to create a new MX-5 and the 124 Spider. Why couldn't Lancia do the same with the Mazda 3? Take the Japanese chassis and add some Italian flair for the dramatic, a bombastic engine and all-wheel drive. It could be brilliant.

Lotus Esprit

The Esprit flew the flag for great British sports cars from 1976 to 2004, and Lotus hasn't been quite the same since. Not only was it a funky looking beast and a thrilling drive, the Esprit was even driven by Roger Moore as James Bond in the secret agent's adventure 'The Spy Who Loved Me', and you can't get any cooler than that.

In 2010 there were rumours that Lotus planned to revive the Esprit but nothing ever came of the project. Britain has very little to rival the likes of the Ferrari 488, so what is Lotus waiting for?

Hummer H1

The Hummer was a particularly obscene example of excess, based upon the American automotive theory that bigger is better. It was a socially irresponsible braggart. However, a smart brain could come up with a clean and green version powered with something like hydrogen. Nothing could more accurately represent the American dream, the idea that with a bit of effort you can be whatever you want to be. Too out there? Maybe not - at one point which of us would have thought that Arnold Schwarzenegger could become the governor of California or Donald Trump the President of the United States?

Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

The Cosworth gave its last exhaust roar a quarter of a century ago but remains a legend among petrol heads. It enjoyed a respectable racing career but was also the amateur tuner's favourite, with lots of scope for modification. The RS Cosworth became a cult classic and Ford has never created anything similar since.

GMC now uses the Sierra nameplate but there's an obvious candidate to take on the job among the current Ford line-up. What would you say to an all-wheel drive - biased towards the rear - 500bhp Mondeo RS Cosworth?

Maserati Tipo 61

Commonly known as the 'Maserati Birdcage' thanks to its tubular space frame construction, the Tipo 61 was a revolution in automotive building techniques back in 1959. Maserati only built 16 of them but honoured the Birdcage later on with the MC12's matching livery and a 2005 concept car. The modern Maserati is a smart and luxurious affair, far from the pared back racing machines of the firm's earlier days. It's time for the Modena firm to go back to its roots with a state of the art, clean and pure sports car.

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