QOTD: What's Your Favorite Automotive Outcast?

qotd whats your favorite automotive outcast

Yesterday, we featured an edition of Buy/Drive/Burn pitting three excellent Japanese sports cars against one another. All three were prime time, heavy hitters in their segment, and all three are remembered fondly for various reasons by the Internet Car People.

But some people thought there was a fly in the ointment — a big one. Hence today’s question.

It seemed fairly obvious to me that the correct Japanese sports car trio for 1995 was indeed the Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, and Nissan 300ZX. “Yes, this is good,” I said to myself. But after the article went live for an hour or so, there was an audible grumble from commenters both at TTAC and on Twitter.

These dissenting voices declared I’d made a fatal flaw in the trio. Said flaw was including the Nissan 300ZX rather than the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 (the cabrio’s already a Rare Ride). The Mitsubishi, they argued, was more a star than the Nissan ever was, and more a competitor to the Toyota and Mazda.

And that’s fine! Here in The American States, people are entitled to their incorrect opinions and feels. It helps us maintain an interesting and colorful discourse about cars. While I can appreciate the looks and general technical prowess of the 3000GT, I can also appreciate that it was vaguely assembled out of chocolate box plastics, and was de-contented consistently throughout its life.

It was also a heavy pig, and front-drive in all versions where it wasn’t all-wheel drive (ie – most of them). The 3000GT also morphed slightly into the equally chunky and FWD Dodge Stealth. A 3000GT was most assuredly the outcast; the oddball choice against the others.

Here’s your chance to get more of these off your chest. What other outcast, afterthought-then-forgot sort of cars do you love? Which ones get you going, even though buyers left them alone when they were new?

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  • Ciscokidinsf Ciscokidinsf on Aug 09, 2018

    Thanks for the shout-out!! I am in my 2nd 3000GT VR4 Spyder. (Had a 1996 red one like the one picture, the current one is a 95 black one with 66K miles, mint, stock) Plus, I drove an SL Manual for 15 years. Yeah, heavy cars, but even to this day, I'd rather roll with the 3 diamonds than a Mazda RX7 (I just dont feel like rebuilding engines every 3rd oil change as the Mazda fanbois do) They haven't gain stratospheric value as the other 3, because sadly the VR4's never appeared in the Fast & Furious franchise (there was a cut-scene one, with an awful body kit) But had the car appeared in the F&F, people would be paying much higher prices for sure.

  • Scott25 Scott25 on Aug 15, 2018

    I’ll echo my usual cries of “Scion xD!”. Since that’s the only true outcast I’ve ever owned and loved. Otherwise, the mid-00’s Legacy and Suzuki Kizashi (and SX4) fit the bill and haven’t been mentioned.

  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
  • FreedMike It's not that consumers wouldn't want this tech in theory - I think they would. Honestly, the idea of a car that can take over the truly tedious driving stuff that drives me bonkers - like sitting in traffic - appeals to me. But there's no way I'd put my property and my life in the hands of tech that's clearly not ready for prime time, and neither would the majority of other drivers. If they want this tech to sell, they need to get it right.
  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.
  • Inside Looking Out Why not buy Bronco and call it Defender? Who will notice?