Obscure Cars Sold in the United States
People love their cars and people love to learn about other cars. Since the release of the Model-T, Americans have had a love affair with cars. While many models have grown into icons, some have become simply recognizable and some have become lost in the crowd. These are a few of the most obscure American cars:
Oldsmobile Starfire: While the automaker faded into memory in 2004, there were a few models that Americans forget well before that auspicious year. The Oldsmobile Starfire was built to compete with the Chevy Monza, this small Oldsmobile did not sell well and many chose not to remember the car that was built between 1975 and 1980.
Lincoln Versailles: This car was produced during the same time period as the Starfire, which must say something about car production during those five years. The Lincoln Versailles was designed to compete with the Cadillac Seville. You won’t remember the Lincoln Versailles, but one man is on a mission to return it to your frontal lobe with his LincolnVersailles.com website.
Pontiac Astre: Between the years 1973 and 1977, Pontiac built something called the Astre to compete with the Chevy Vega. While everyone (sadly) remembers the Vega, no one remembers the Astre. It looked like the Vega and seemed to be strangely named after stars, too.
Mitsubishi Starion: Starfire, Astre, Starion…maybe the similarity in names is telling us something. While many people remember the similar Plymouth Concourse and other Z-cars, the Starion flashed out of our memories, just like the other cars named after stars that we have since forgotten, too. Mitsubishi sold fewer than 50,000 of these cars, with fewer than 2,000 sold in its last year of production in 1989.
Opel GT: This little two-seater tried to look like a Corvette, but did not quite make it. It was produced between 1965 and 1973. While the car was far from being unfortunate-looking, it did have a few flaws. The rear hatch did not open and there were a few other design flaws. There were over 100,000 Opel GTs sold, but only a small percentage are collectible. Strangely, these cars were sold at Buick car lots.