Journal: What Unloved Car Do You Secretly Want?

What Unloved Car Do You Secretly Want?

Afshin Behnia By Afshin Behnia
April 1, 2013
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My friends don’t get it—they think I’m kidding, and when they realize I’m serious, they laugh. What do they know? I want a first-generation Fiat Panda. Yes, the boxy little thing from the ‘80s. I hear the 4X4 version is quite indestructible, too. I want that, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It’s just too bad we can’t import them to the US.

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Now we’d love to hear from you. What unloved car do you secretly want?

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Luiz Ribeiro

Always wanted to buy a brazilian Fiat Tempra Turbo .

NS21
NS21

Subaru Leone / Loyale US Spec. And especially Japan spec. Leone Station Wagon. Even now for me this both cars like breath-taking geishas

NS21
NS21

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Daniel Koenig
Daniel Koenig

Panda – wow. I once had a girlfriend that had a white one with open top. It was some football (soccer) related limited edition.
I own a Lotus Elite 75, probably one of the most unloved cars ever – but I love it 🙂
From later cars, I would love to own a Nissan Cube. I really would buy one if only it had a decent engine instead of the Nissan Micra underpinning.
From older cars, I’d love to have a Maserati Biturbo, a Morris Marina or an Alfa Arna .

Emanuel Derta
Emanuel Derta

Dacia 1410 Sport, long door.

Tolga Iskir

VW Porsche 914

Tolga Iskir

NSU Ro80

Tolga Iskir

The Alfa 6.

Michaeltk1
Michaeltk1

I always liked the Subaru Justy 4×4.

Herculano Alonso

Ferrari Mondial

Carlos Ferreira
Carlos Ferreira

The first gen Panda is hardly unloved. They’re sought after all over Europe. On a trip last year I was surprised by how many are still circulating, and most in very good shape, with evidence of fresh paint, upholstery, etc.

Mohammad Akbarpour
Mohammad Akbarpour

I wished to drive a K car! Those funky boxy wheels you could only find in Japan

Sharp Classics
Sharp Classics

This is something cool that catches my attention. In childhood I want to stole my dad’s Alfa GTV which was the collect classic car in USA at that time. Now I secretly want to buy this one.

MarcDucheine
MarcDucheine

Ah, that’s interesting one. I must admit there are a few.I first contemplated this question when I saw the running gag of Top Gear’s antics with the Morris Marina which would always somehow end up with a grand piano on its roof (and destroyed in the proces). I remmeber thinking that I never partuculatly hated the Morris Marina and even its smaller sibling from the same stable, the Austin Allegro had its (design)merits in my eyes. However, having never driven them myself I can’t speak for their driving characteristics. But on to the question: I’m afraid that I always had… Read more »

sstaiger
sstaiger

Panda 4×4 Sisley, 1987.
Can import those here in Germany.

Carlos Ferreira
Carlos Ferreira

Puzzled by the image of a first gen Fiat Panda when they were immensely commercially successful and loved, and have a huge cult cfollowing.

Alfa Guy
Alfa Guy

Autech Stelvio. Im probably the only one who thinks that that car looks awesome.

Daniel Koenig
Daniel Koenig

never heard of that one – first look, I thought: ”ZAGATO!” Love the design, but your comment is a bit unfair… Did we say anything about prototypes? I thought it was about cars you can actually buy 😉

William Moon
William Moon

Ssangyong Korando. Great name. Mercedes turbo diesel. Korean styling mash up. I want one.

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gio64
gio64

Would have to be a Dodge Neon DOHC Coupe from 1997. Had one. Would have another any day. As far as the Panda goes, back in Italy, my mom had 2. the “30” (650 cc) and later on, the 750 Fire (750 cc). They were great for what they were designed, but horrible for anything else, LOL… Don’t you dare push it on the highway or try to drive it around mountain bands at high speeds… Don’t ask me how I know… But I can indeed vouch for the 4×4. Indestructible, but also, it can go anywhere no matter what… Read more »

thomas_callahan
thomas_callahan

I had a 98 Neon DOHC. Got it vaguely intending to do some SCCA races, but never got around to it. Probably a good thing though, what a POS that car was. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun little car especially considering the initial cost, it just leaked like a sieve. I gave it up after only six years when the head gasket needed replacing for the THIRD time and radiator and power steering were both leaking, after just having replaced the brake cylinder because of leaks. All seal or gasket failures, not due to rust or physical… Read more »

gio64
gio64

Sounds like you had a pretty bad experience. I had the following problems: the air eventually broke and I didn’t bother replacing it, since I used it probably 10 days a year; the head gasket was done under warranty and never had a problem again; IIRC, the head gasket was replaced with a “multilayer gasket” and that was a problem solver I can attest to that because my wife too had the same model Neon (4 dr) and the same “intervention” was performed and we never had that problem again on that car either. I also had a crank position… Read more »

Ib Erik Soderblom
Ib Erik Soderblom

I’m so much on the same page!
The secret page, that I don’t tell anybody about.
But I want a 1986 – 2003, and give it a First Gen. front. The “aircon” front…

Mihai Oprean
Mihai Oprean

Never liked the panda when i was a kid, by the way. Now i’m not so sure…

mrnagrom
mrnagrom

I secretly want a maluch, fiat 126p and a duzy fiat 125p. I love old commie cars.

Rip Curl
Rip Curl

For me it would have to be the Innocenti DeTomaso Turbo. I got crazy excited about getting one in high school despite the fact they would rust in the dealership and had a Japanese engine on an Italian car. Cooler heads prevailed and I never got the car but I still think it very cool.

Leonardo Brito
Leonardo Brito

I want a Peugeot Hoggar… not the concept car of the same name, but the small brazilian pick-up truck

Ironic: my family owns a Peugeot dealership and i NEVER had the proper chance to buy one…

Ron Lennex
Ron Lennex
Hora?iu Laz?r
Hora?iu Laz?r

Dacia Pick-up, known by the locals (Romanians) as the Dacia Păpuc (shoe). The only brand new car that my family ever owned

Samer Kanjo
Samer Kanjo

I would love to get a Trabant. Daring v-belt design, more trunk space than a Ferrari Testarossa. I could go Pro Street. You can see more pictures at [url=”http://www.club24.sk/trabant/”]Club 24[/url].

Chris Saddler Sam
Chris Saddler Sam

Ford Taunus TC (mk1…1970-76)
it was our family car for 20+ years (since before i was born)…
AND I JUST LOVE IT!

we had the sedan version…
but i’d also like the 2door one! (not the coupe)

too bad my dad gave it away..for nothing…
sooner or later, one of these beauties will be back in our family again!
😉

moltimedia
moltimedia

Secretly? I owned 2 Fiat Panda’s 😀
The last one almost as a classic. I bought it with the excuse for my doughters that just got their driving license but ended up driving it with a big grinnnn 🙂
I added some stylish striping and with the factory widerish wheels it looked great. And don’t forget the hood scoop. Guigaro would have liked it!
Very nice car and practical, 1000 cc engine, fuel injection and a 5 speed! Still love them, thank you Fiat!

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John
John

I have a huge soft spot for the Subaru Vivio.

It is so light, airy and cheerfull. The 4 cyl 660 cc engine is a real screamer. I have had more fun in this car, than in any other rental, ever.

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John Teyssier
John Teyssier

UMM ALTER Turbo (União Metalo-Mecânica) If you your do things on a budget(like me) and want a tough all-rounder but can’t afford a Defender. Go for this Portugese 4×4. Sold for years to the French army, (prototype initially design by a French company then sold to Portugese)it has a Peugeot engine, it’s known to be tough, fun and its cheap to run. The looks? Well…..very questionable. Lets put it that way, I hate it as much as I love it! Depending if I am in a good mood that day. I think it is a good base to built something… Read more »

Ryley Bastian
Ryley Bastian

I own a Bugeye WRX, those aren’t very loved. (As sad as that is to me.)

tapz
tapz

70 Series Toyota Starlet. Overlooked because generic FWD shopper, BUT: being an ’80s Toyota, it’s indestructible. It barely even rusts. Better yet, these things had no distracting amenities or power assisted anything, plus very, very lightweight = agile, hands-on, grinning driving.

Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru

Fiat Uno Turbo i.e. Mk1 (1985 – 1993)

SteveD
SteveD

I love the Moretti 4×4 version, was called Rock. It’s extremely rare.

SteveD
SteveD
Andy Gondorf
Andy Gondorf

Mazda xedos 6 for the engine.
Jag x-type for the body.
Pantera for the acoustics.

Davis Kinzell
Davis Kinzell

Within my group of car friends, the 94-96 Chevrolet Impala SS is an unloved car. I just wish the glut of them for sale on Craigslist weren’t overpriced by original owners or “donked” beyond salvation.
My European pick would be the Fiat 124 Spider. I kick myself for letting my parents sell off their example that I learned to drive stick on.

Josh Clason
Josh Clason

I saw one of these roll down the street in stock form not less than an hour ago. I then immediately went to Craigslist.

Robert Avera
Robert Avera

Early 70’s Chevrolet Vega

Hans Marvell
Hans Marvell

Well Since 1998 when I first saw one on a Suzuki forecourt I really wanted a Wagon R+. I first thought it was delivery van or an oven!! 15 years later and I am the proud owner of a 2005 model. It makes no sense to you guys, but its the best car for driving round Copenhagen where I live and people always let me out of side roads or parking spaces because they think I am a sweet old pensioner. With amazing luggage capacity, everything from 2 seater sofas to bikes to a complete flea market stall can be… Read more »

BJ Barker
BJ Barker

Always wanted an E70 Corolla Wagon.

Johannes Roussel
Johannes Roussel

Speaking of the Panda. I love the very first version with the front made of steel. This car was built with economy in mind and like the 2CV, it’s a masterpiece. In the same style I think the first generation of Renault Twingo is also a milestone.

Johannes Roussel
Johannes Roussel

AMC Pacer…

tobiasvemmenby
tobiasvemmenby

That’s a great way to sell a Pacer! ?

Máté Petrány
Máté Petrány

1985 Autobianchi A112 LX.

Garrett Hammerel
Garrett Hammerel

Gotta be the Ford EXP. Nothing cooler that a FWD 2-seater, right? RIGHT???

Josh Clason
Josh Clason

I say go for it.

Matthew Diaz
Matthew Diaz

Even though they’re utterly unreliable and dangerous, even by TVR standards, a TVR 450SEC. They just look like so much fun, and the power omg

Andy Gondorf
Andy Gondorf

No TVR is unloved!
Not by anyone with even a modicum of taste anyway. Something you have in quantity obviously.

Manuel Tolentino
Manuel Tolentino

Merkur Xr4ti. Let me love you.

senor
senor

Volvo 480.

Frazer Spowart
Frazer Spowart

If I’m honest, I’ve always secretly wanted a Lada Riva. An utterly terrible soviet car, but I still want one! For some reason I find its bare bones design and aesthetic rather interesting!

Gerard Kassabian
Gerard Kassabian

Citroen 2cv – slow and ugly to some, but not to me! 😉

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

The ride is so smooth you could get a shave with a straight edge while driving off-road!

brian777
brian777

Subaru SVX!

Alan Franklin
Alan Franklin

Those in the know love ’em, the rest are tasteless peons!

ceruleanblu
ceruleanblu

My sick little fantasy is a highly customized AMC Pacer, with upgraded power-plant and tasteful body mods.

(Good example attached.)