The writers at Road & Track magazine talk about cars they’d like to see reincarnated.
Most of them get a shrug of the shoulders and a “meh” from me, except for two; firstly, the Jag XJ220:
Probably the most outrageous Jag ever built, it was designed as a race car, and was the fastest production car when it was launched (217 mph — not even shabby by today’s standards). But from all accounts, it was an atrocious road car: as wide as most British streets, a turning circle like a battleship, and driver visibility that made the Lambo Countach look like a convertible by comparison. Seriously, though… I saw one last time I was over in Britishland, and it’s even more dramatic than its picture.
Of course, I’ve never actually driven an XJ220; but I have driven another car on R&T ‘s wish list: the Alfa Romeo GTV/6.
Just looking at it makes my senses tingle. I would take a new one of these now, even as unsophisticated as it would be compared to modern cars. (I don’t need about 90% of the modern geegaws that infest today’s cars anyway.)
And that said, the only car on the list I would never want to see again is the foul Pontiac Fiero — to this day, the only car I’ve ever taken for a test drive, and handed back to the salesman halfway through, saying, “I’ve had enough.” What a POS — especially after having driven the GTV/6 but a short time earlier. Great concept, horrible execution.
As I said, the rest don’t thrill me much — but feel free to disagree with me in Comments.