Decision Guide


Modern cars born of classic designModern cars born of classic design

Eleven cars available today that owe much to their automotive ancestors.



Mar 23, 2012 1:16PM
If you ask me they have too many vehicles in this list that should of stayed in the boneyard or go NOW. Half the cr*p hasn't been around long enough to actually qualify and if so are fugly and ain't worth it.  Will agree the Camaro, Challenger and the Mustangs are GREAT. I had the pleasure of driving them back in their day. There are still a few of the old models they need to bring back. One example would be the Chevelle. And just imagine the Bel Air, specifically the '55-'57. YEAH.  Let us not forget the Ford Fairlane & early Vic. It could be done. And done right.
Feb 21, 2012 6:38AM
They didn't bring "models" back, they brought "names" back...
Mar 2, 2012 1:13PM

A few shown here have truly been resurrected.  The Camaro and Challenger tap into the heart and soul of the previous cars of the same name.  They have high horsepower (often higher than the same cars of the 60's and 70's), have V8, rear wheel drive cars which are very cool.

Not so with the following:  The new Buick Regal Turbo is a front wheel drive economy car (which very very few people will purchase).  The Buick Regal Turbo of the 80's was a favorite car for "car guys".  True, it was only available with an automatic transmission, but it was a rear drive car with maximum horsepower at 276 (240 was more typical).  The new Dodge Dart is an economy car.  It shares name only with the Dart of the 60's and 70's which was available with V8 engines up to 440 cubic inches.  383 and 340 inch V8s were common.  The Fiat 500 was and is a very small Italian car of very little importance in the US.  The Ford Fiesta was and is an economy car.  The new Taurus replaces the old Taurus.  No important news there.  The Honda CR-Z is not a resurrection of the previous generation CR-X.  The CR-X was a fun to drive fast car.  It was available with a manual transmission and was cool.  new The CR-Z is typically an automatic with lower horsepower and an available hybrid.  It has none of the soul of the CR-X.  Cancelling the CR-X of the 1990's remains one of the biggest mistakes in automotive history. 

Mar 2, 2012 12:54PM
The Challenger is almost a home run, but the Dart don't look like a Dart to me.  Sigh.....

Bring back the Barracuda, 'cause it's still MOPAR or no car!!!!!
bring back a big block powered 70 chevelle ss
Mar 2, 2012 1:46PM

Apparently the "new" Dodge Charger does not make this list, and I think it might be that is was brought back as a four-door car with no resemblence to the original.  I believe 2006 was the first year for the new Charger, which is obviously still in production, with a redesign in 2012 (or was it 2011?).  I have a 2007 Charger RT, 5.7 Hemi, and absolutely love the car.  Big, powerful, comfortable, and agressive-looking without the "smiley-face" grille of so many newer cars.  The car is five years old, but still runs and looks great.  I have had no problems with it, and the best part, it's paid for.

Mar 2, 2012 4:02PM

Long live the Challenger! And now they're talking about bringing back the Barracuda!!! (Motor Trend) 



Mar 2, 2012 1:05PM
Miss my 340 Duster.
Mouser...although I tend to agree the Hemi Cuda was is and always will be a legend.  The '69 Charger remains one of the most cars ever produced in this country.
Mar 2, 2012 2:16PM
I think the new mustangs will be as legendary as the older ones, maybe even better.
Feb 25, 2012 8:22AM
@JJohnston94. Yes, the 1963-'76 Dart is indeed a compact car. the mid size Dodge was the Coronet, and full size was the Polara. Look at side by side photos and you will clearly see the difference in sizes. Nowadays, the Taurus would be a mid size car, with the Crown Victoria being full size. With the discontinuation of the Crown Vic, the Taurus will likely be promoted to full size status. The sizes just keep getting smaller among all classifications now.
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