Staff, 2022-12-17 07:00:00,
Millions of dollars in the making, cars are huge undertakings in time, research, and manufacturing. Carmakers go to extreme lengths to ensure success.
However, come launch and sale time, all these Classic Cars were flops. Not for want of trying. In some cases, overzealous engineering increased production costs, which many gearheads balked at. Ironically, BMW’s near financially fatal 507 is worth millions of dollars today. But back in 1956, it tanked due to higher than-advertised costs. In a similar vein, the XJ220, a highly rated and much-publicized supercar of the ’90s tanked. Gearheads love the idea of a 220 mph Jaguar, if only it still had its promised V12 engine.
Flops come in all shapes and forms, often when the car industry least expects it. In the early ’90s, Dodge misread the need for a muscle car that gave us the stunning, but undersold Dodge Viper.
In a cruel twist of fate, these classics might have flopped, but today’s rarity makes them collectible, and expensive.
10/10 BMW 507 Roadster
As automotive flops go, the BMW 507 is a doozy. Designed with U.S. gearheads in mind for a suggested asking price of $5,000, the 507 had everything going for it. Stunning looks and a naturally aspirated V8 under the hood cranking out 150 hp. In theory, a world beater.
BMW’s engineers got to work refining the 507,
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