Top 5 Most Underrated American Cars of the Previous Century

Even the most experienced marketers cannot predict if the car is on demand. That's what happened to these 5 models.

Car developers are waiting for high sales while releasing new models. However, sometimes the market is like a wheel of fortune on Woo Casino Australia, and even the most experienced marketers cannot predict if the car is on demand. That’s what happened to these 5 models that, despite being perfect, weren’t loved by the audience. 

Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR-1 (1990)

The 1990 Chevrolet Corvette C4 was a sports car with a 375 horsepower engine. It allowed it to accelerate to a hundred in 4.4 seconds, and the top speed was 290 kilometers per hour. The problem was that in the American market, where Corvettes were bought most of all, the public was divided into two camps: some remained fans of previous models which had a more attractive design, and others were waiting for a novelty without rigid lines. As a result, due to higher prices and lower sales, the Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR-1 didn’t get the response that Chevrolet had expected.

Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S3 (1974)

Chevrolet again, but this time an older model with a classic design. This car belonged to the luxury class, giving its owner a striking appearance and the most modern safety systems, as well as the power of a 7.4-liter engine that developed 215 horsepower.

The problem was that the Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S3 came out at the wrong time. The thing is, it came out the year after the oil crisis began, which caused fuel prices to rise. In the ’70s, the emission law came into force in the U.S. All this affected the automobile industry. As a result, even well-to-do people preferred to buy more fuel-efficient models, and the Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S3 passed, one might say, unnoticed.

Oldsmobile Toronado (1966)

The Oldsmobile Toronado was lucky to come out in the mid-’60s rather than the ’70s, otherwise it would have been ruined by the same oil crisis, because it was equipped with a 7-liter engine with 385 or 400 horsepower, which emptied the tank in no time. The car combined a powerful body and elegant design. When creating this car, Oldsmobile aimed at wealthy customers.

The problem was that the Oldsmobile Toronado was similar to the Cadillac Eldorado and Buick Riviera. In addition, the Oldsmobile Toronado was one of the first General Motors cars to feature front-wheel drive suspension.

Chevrolet Impala SS (1994)

The Chevrolet Impala was originally a conventional passenger car. From 1964 to 1967, the Impala SS model was produced, which stood for Super Sport, but later it became just a package for the regular Chevrolet Impala. In 1994, Chevrolet decided to revive the Impala SS, but based on the Chevrolet Caprice. This was a really great car, equipped with a 5.7-liter engine and 4-speed automatic transmission. But the car, with all its merits, existed only until 1996.

It wasn’t in great demand, and survived only due to government purchases for the police. One of the main problems was the positioning of the car.

Pontiac Ventura GTO (1974)

This is another victim of the oil crisis. The Pontiac Ventura GTO was one of the prettiest oil cars of its time, powered by a 5.7-liter, 200 horsepower engine. Its engine was weaker than its predecessors in terms of power, but it overtook many models of the 1970s.

But the mindset of buyers who were willing to sacrifice power and speed for better handling and safety began to change. As a result, the Pontiac Ventura GTO sold only 7,000 units. But that doesn’t mean that the car was bad. It just came out at the wrong time, and if it had been on the market ten years earlier with the same engine power, it would have been a hit.

Robert Cooke
Rob is a certified mechanic and long-time automotive enthusiast who has worked on everyday passenger vehicles, race and rally cars, and derby cars.