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Open Diff: What Vehicles Would You Like To See Reborn?

Posted November 19, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Judging from the interest in the upcoming Ford Bronco, the Dearborn automaker is onto something. Early Broncos, in both stock and restomod form, are on fire at the moment, and Ford is poised to capitalize on this when the model is reborn in spring 2020 (assuming, of course, the final product lives up to the hype).

Borrowing from the back catalog is hardly a new idea, but as automakers have learned, recapturing lightning in a bottle is a tricky thing to do. The reborn 2002 Ford Thunderbird, for example, ticked all the right nostalgia boxes, but offered up little else to buyers. It wasn’t powerful or nimble enough to be a sports car, it wasn’t practical enough to be a daily driver, and parts bin pilferage kept the car from feeling particularly special or upscale. Ford’s last Thunderbird experiment ended in 2005, after just four model years.

What other vehicles would have the Bronco effect, and not the Thunderbird treatment?

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11/19/2019 3:49 PM

Certainly the 60's era vette's...

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11/19/2019 9:59 PM

I nominate the late 1963 Studebaker Avanti:

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11/19/2019 11:46 PM

Pantera....

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11/20/2019 6:00 AM

'71 Plymouth Barracuda

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11/20/2019 12:28 PM

It may seem crazy, but I had a '71 Ford Pinto as my first car that was a blast to drive. But it's not that car as much as the basic small rear wheel drive 4 seat hatch back or coupe from a US manufacturer I'd bring back.

With today's tech and better fit and finish of course. I imagine a car slightly larger than a Miata with similar handling and power - loads of fun at reasonable speeds and practical enough for daily use. Sadly, US car manufacturers are all about chasing the market with trucks and SUVs with the low volume Halo car thrown in for marketing.

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11/20/2019 9:30 PM

I had a 1972 Pinto with the 1,6L 'cross-flow' Ford-of-Britain (FOB) engine with 4-speed transmission. But, I added front disc brakes, front anti-sway bar, 3.18:1 axle (versus stock 3.55:1), and distributor and Electronic Ignition from newer Gen-II 1974 Mustang(s) -- plus a tri-Y header from a UK/Mercury Cortina -- and got my fuel economy up from stock 22 MPG to modified 36 MPG. 'Twas truly a great little car!

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