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6 Cars that were Cut from Production as Quickly as they Began

Some cars endure the test of time and continue production through years of remodeling and updating…others are just big flops. If you’re having a bad day and need a friendly pick-me-up, you can take comfort in knowing, “Hey, at least I’m not responsible for some of these major car production fails.”

1.) Chevrolet Corvair

(GERMANY OUT) Vintage 1965 Chevrolet Corvair convertible at Belmont Park?s Father?s Day Car Show in Mission Beach. (Photo by D├╝nzlullstein bild via Getty Images)

Produced only from 1960 – 1969, this inexpensive rear-engine compact is known widely as one of the most dangerous cars ever produced, so really, it’s no wonder Chevy decided to cut production. This speedy little gem still holds the hearts of many local Corvair Clubs and enthusiasts despite one major flaw.

Due to a design flaw in the rear suspension, the car was likely to kinda sort…well…flip over and kill people. Lucky that they didn’t completely destroy its reputation, Chevy decided to move on from the Corvair and never look back.

2.) DeLorean DMC-12

There is no doubt that whether you are a fan of Back to the Future or not, you think the Delorean is cool. Despite a major cult following, the Delorean was before it’s time in price, and debuted in a time where most of the US was in a recession. Do we think the car would have been more popular if it was offered at a lower price, at a better time in history?

We can only guess (but we will guess yes). Underwhelming underperformance matched with a high price meant that the DMC-12 couldn’t compete with American Muscle cars of the time. The DMC was quickly discontinued and collectors everywhere can rest easy knowing they own a small portion of history.

3.) Lincoln Blackwood

FILE PHOTO: Lincoln Blackwood Concept Vehicle. (photo by Ford Motor Company)

You probably didn’t know this, but Lincoln, one time, decided to build a pickup truck. Wild, right? We thought so too. This pretty much seemed to be the equivalent of one friend, who is very off-trend, deciding to buy bell-bottoms when they should absolutely stick to their normal mom-jeans.

However, because we can only speculate what exactly happened during that design and marketing meeting to make Lincoln decide they should jump into the pickup truck game, but there is no doubt that by the end of it’s one and the only year in existence, someone on that team was probably looking for a new job. Designed off of their popular Navigator SUV, the Blackwood was attractive and unfortunately useless, offering no utility or off-road ability.

4.) Pontiac Aztek

Pontiac Aztek
Pontiac Aztek | Jordon Shultz

Taking the stage for its debut in 2000, the unfortunately innovative Pontiac Aztek was designed to set the tone for a whole new generation of style. The design aspect was widely ridiculed and criticized, and the SUV’s performance left and an equal amount to be desired. Overall no one was really surprised to see the Aztek go.

5.) Chevrolet SSR

2003 Chevrolet SSR
2003 Chevrolet SSR | Chevrolet

The Chevy SSR is one of the most unique-looking trucks produced by a large manufacturer in the early 2000s. The curvey lines and rounded edges set it apart from an age where boxy pick-up trucks ruled the market. To top off the design aspect, this weird pickup truck wanna-be El Camino was also a convertible. Chevy’s attempt to resurrect hot-rod style in this new age pickup failed and the truck left the market almost as quickly as it began production.

6.) Chrysler Crossfire

New York, UNITED STATES: A Chrysler Crossfire (R) is on display at the New York International Automobile Show, 05 April 2007, during the press preview days in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)

If you’ve never seen a Chrysler Crossfire in person you can rest assured that you are not missing out. This sporty convertible was less than desired by the market and offered less drivability than it had style.

We aren’t here to knock your taste, and there is definitely a unique market for each and every car (yes, even the Pontiac Aztek). If you’re fine driving what most people consider to be some of the ugliest cars ever put into production just remember – everyone has a mother that thinks they’re handsome too.