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Blast From The Past: 12 Once Popular Cars That No Longer Exist

Blast From The Past: 12 Once Popular Cars That No Longer Exist

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Ever wonder what happened to an iconic car? At some point, the car just faded out of the public eye. So, here’s 12 discontinued cars we can’t stop thinking about.

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#1. AMC Javelin

Created between 1967 and 1974, this powerful car put up a good fight against other muscle cars in both performance and looks. Unfortunately, the Javelin struggled to keep up and soon ceased production, along with the car’s company, the American Motor Company, a decade later.

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#2. Chevrolet Volt

One of the more recent cars on this list, the Volt was one of the first mass-market electric vehicles. This car was also a hybrid, due to the internal combustion engine that would start when the battery power got too low. The Volt entered the market in 2011, and left in 2019.

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#3. Chrysler Town & Country

Who doesn’t love a good minivan? The Chrysler Town & Country was a perfect fit for families across America and saw great success during its 27 year run. Although it’s not the most exciting car on this list, it was definitely one of the most reliable.

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#4. Cadillac El Dorado

This affluent car was available in both hardtop and convertible vehicles from 1953 until 2002, and reined as the top two-door grandeur car in the U.S. for years.

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#5. Honda S2000

Although this car was in production only from 1999 to 2009, the Honda S2000 made quite a splash. Awarded the “Best Affordable Sports Car” not once, but twice, this car was a popular choice for beginner drivers. Although it seemed as though the Honda S2000 was on to a bright future, the 2008 financial crisis unfortunately ended the vehicle’s production.

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#6. Jaguar XJ220

At one point in time, the Jaguar XJ220 was the world’s fastest production car. Reaching up to speeds of 217 miles per hour, less than 300 of these cars were produced until the car was shelved.

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#7. Lamborghini Countach

It’s thanks to the Lamborghini Countach the iconic scissor doors we all know and love are a staple in certain car brands today. Produced between 1974 and 1990, this car’s style was the gateway to the styling that would pave way to the symbolic car styles of the 80s.

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#8. Mercury Mountaineer

It’s easy to forget Mercury had a car line, but trust us, they did! Created to combat the boom of bigger cars and trucks in the 90s, the Mercury Mountaineer was an SUV sold from 1996 to 2010.

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#9. Packard Eight

The Packard Motor Car Company had some killer car designs for nearly 60 years. In order to continue their rein, the company merged with Studebaker in 1953. This proved to be a fatal move as both companies would go under, but not before producing the classic Packard Eight.

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#10. Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am

Known for its appearance on the classic T.V. show “Smokey and the Bandit,” this American sports car was in production from the late 60s to the early 2000s. The most popular model was the Trans-Am, which was created expressly for the Pontiac.

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#11. Pierce-Arrow

Very popular among socialites, movie stars, and politicians, the Pierce-Arrow seemed to be everywhere in the early 20th century. Due to its overwhelming success among the rich and famous, it came as a shock when the company closed in 1938. For whatever reason, the public did not have any interest in this vehicle.

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#12. Studebaker Commander

Another creation of the Studebaker company, the Studebaker Commander was arguably the company’s most iconic vehicle. Released in the 1940s, the shape and look of the car immediately bring the WWII era to one’s mind. Production would soon cease, as the Studebaker company would unfortunately close within a few years.