There are quite a few cars that were very popular in their day, but you just don’t seem to see them on the road anymore. These cars may have disappeared for safety reasons, because they were poorly made, or perhaps due to a lack of defensive driving skills. Today, the ones that do survive will be seen mostly at car shows. Here is a quick look at some cars that were once popular, but you rarely see on the road anymore.
- The Ford Pinto. This subcompact was produced for ten years between 1971 and 1980. Over three million of these little cars were produced but you rarely see them on the roads today. In 1978 Ford was forced to recall the Pinto because the gas tank was susceptible to fires in rear end collisions. The Pinto was replaced by another car you rarely see anymore, the Ford Fiesta.
- The Chevy Vega. Built to compete with Ford’s Pinto, the Vega was built between 1971 and 1977. In 1974 it was actually one of the ten best selling cars in the country. The Vega had an aluminum engine that seems to have unsolvable problems and the Vega and the aluminum engine went away in 1977.
- Any American Motors Cars. AMC gave us the Gremlin, the Pacer, the Javelin, the Hornet, the Matador and others. Each vehicle was “distinctive” and millions once roamed our roadways. AMC never could compete with the “Big Three” automakers. In 1987 the company was bought out by Chrysler and renamed “Eagle”. In 1998 the Eagle brand went away. Jeeps lone successful legacy is that of the Jeep.
Of course you can add the Datsun, the Ford Capri, and the Volkswagen Scirocco and The Thing to the list, although one would debate whether The Thing was EVER popular. What cars do you remember that you don’t seem to see on the highways anymore?