Budget Direct Renders 7 Discontinued Models With A Modern Twist
Taking it back to the way it wasby Jonathan Lopez, on
You know, I’m not that old, but I am old enough to appreciate the occasional throwback or reboot. You know, something that recalls a pleasant memory from my earlier days, but with a modern twist on top. Just so long as it’s done right, though – don’t wanna go around ruining peoples’ childhoods, now. Of course, Hollywood is all over that, injecting old franchises with new money to see what pops out the other end. But what if rather than digging up old TV shows and movies, we applied that modernization gloss to cars instead? Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.
Included is a classic compact, a gullwing that takes us back to the future, a classy muscle machine, the grandfather to Jaguar Land Rover, a Czech beauty, a slippery pony car, and a Swedish revival. Each of these machines carries with it a long history and more than a little nostalgia, but didn’t quite make to the modern era. But that’s about to end, because we’re bringin’ ’em back, baby.
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Initially put into production in 1970 and billed as “the first American-built import,” the American Motors Gremlin combined diminutive subcompact dimensions with an unarguably eccentric two-door hatchback bodystyle, creating one of the quirkiest models of its time. These days, small and weird is as popular as ever, so maybe a modern Gremlin would actually make sense... FCA, we’re looking at you.
Popularized by Marty McFly and Doc Brown in the timeless flickBack to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12 will forever be one of those classic, instantly recognizable models. With its spacey gullwing doors, boxy cab-back proportions, and rear-engine powertrain, the DeLorean only lasted a few years before getting the axe, with just over 8,500 units produced between 1981 and 1983. That said, we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing it brought back to the now.
While greener gearheads out there might not know it, the Cutlass was immensely popular back in the ’70s, so much so that by the ’80s, Oldsmobile decided to make it an entire sub-brand. Although Oldsmobile eventually bit the dust in 2004, we think a fresh take on the formula would work well in 2018 – lots of luxury inside, plus a decent kick waiting under the hood as well. What’s not to love?
The Brits are getting in on the action too, carrying the old Rover Marque with this sleek and stylish four-door executive model. Originally put into production in 1998, the Rover 75 lasted all the way until 2005, when Rover went defunct.
Tatra JK 2500
If you’ve never heard the name Tatra before, I’ll just give you a brief rundown. Founded way back in 1850 in what’s now known as the Czech Republic, Tatra first started with horse-drawn vehicles and railroad cars before it eventually went on to create passenger road cars. In the ’50s, it made a gorgeous little air-cooled V-8 GT car, and now, we want it back. Plus a radiator, please.
More muscle cars too, please! The last few years have offered a bumper crop in torque-tastic RWD drag machines, and we say the more the merrier. With modernized versions of other classic American iron already roaming the streets, why not toss a new ’Cuda into the mix as well? Don’t forget the ultra-wide rear rubber and Hemi graphics in the sides.
Saab unfortunately went under in 2012, but before it did, the Swedish brand brought all kinds of funky and cool models. The very last concept it created was called the Phoenix, which was a silver 2+2 coupe introduced in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. We woulda loved to have seen it make it to production, and now with this rendering, we have an idea what that might have looked like.
Read our full review on the 1977 AMC Gremlin.
Read our full review on the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.
Source: Budget Direct