Throughout the history of the motor vehicle there have been many success stories; cars that have instant kerb appeal and desirability. Conversely, some cars have been so awful or ill-thought through or just generally hopeless that they have been erased from the collective motoring memory. There are however some cars that were so bad that they have become collectible and thus, although worthless at the time, have now appreciated in value. It seems that everyone, including hardened car enthusiasts, loves a plucky loser.
This terrifying motor appears to be going in two directions at once and resembles a push-me-pull-you toy. Not only is it a monumentally stupid idea but, with that name, it sounds like an unpleasant affliction of a delicate part of the body.
Made in 1958, it was based on a prototype by the German manufacturer, Dornier, most noted for aircraft, although this car didn’t fly out of the showrooms. Powered by a 14hp, 250cc engine, it could manage 50mph with a following wind but the real genius of this car is that the back seat faces rearwards. Imagine how exciting this was for rear seat passengers as they watched giant trucks bearing down upon them. Try finding a cheap one now.
It was a very nice idea to name a car after the deceased son of the company’s founder but the Edsel Ford was, surprisingly for the time, a car too far. In the late 1950’s the American public were not noted for their taste in automobiles, many of which had more shiny metal than a knight in armour. Sadly even the biggest fans of chromium plate baulked at a vehicle which looked like the ceremonial barge of an eastern potentate. They are now classic collectibles, if you can find one.
Some cars achieved almost instantaneous classic car status, despite having a flaw that sent the buying public running in the opposite direction. The NSU Ro80 was and still is a terrific looking car but, alas, it ran on a Wankel engine. Now, Mazda have proved that rotary engine technology works but the NSU drank petrol faster than Homer Simpson can down a can of beer. The rotor tips in the engine wore out constantly and expensive engine rebuilds every 30,000 miles were commonplace. They are as rare as hen’s teeth now.
Aston Martin Lagonda
Even mighty Aston Martin were caught out with the ill-fated Lagonda. The design was and remains astonishing and the dashboard would have done justice to the starship Enterprise. Unfortunately, every one of the 645 vehicles built had mechanical and electrical problems. The other drawback was the stupendous price buyers had to pay for all that 1970’s technology that didn’t work. Hugely desirable now, obviously.
DeLorean, Trabant, any Cadillac you care to mention, the dreaded Yugo, the dull Ford Scorpio and many others have all gone down the pan in one way or another and yet, in some perverse way, we really like them now. History will show there is place for all of them, mostly under a tarpaulin. The good news is that our cars are all attractive popular models
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