QOTD: Four More Years?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd four more years

Whoa, whoooaaaa, easy there. Take a breath — especially you, writers and alumns of a particular blog. In no way is that headline referring to anything political.

You’ll see.

Today, we revisit the past. And also today, we arrive at our destination with the ability to change the future. Like Christopher Walken in The Dead Zone, we hold in our hands the power to alter the course of history.

Wait, hold on. There’s a political subplot in The Dead Zone.

Scratch that.

We, and by that we mean you, have arrived at a date of your choosing. You’ll discover you have the newfound ability to keep something alive for four extra years — enough time to create new memories, new experiences… new products. Thing is, this wondrous power only works on dead automakers or automotive brands.

Yes, you can only use this power to extend the lifespan of a marque that bit the dust. Went belly-up. Bought the farm. That power you hold might, in fact, just be a duffel bag of cash or gold bullion — just enough to grease enough palms, cover the necessary operational costs, and keep the party going for another four years.

When automotive brands die, the mind quickly turns from what was to what might have been, had the company managed to soldier on with a modest amount of money to work with. Had their balance sheets tipped back into black, where would Packard or Studebaker have been in 1961 and 1970, respectively? If General Motors hadn’t suffered a near knockout blow from the Great Recession, what would Hummer have had on the market in 2014?

Pontiac? Saturn?

What final creation could Oldsmobile or Plymouth have cobbled together if given a reprieve? Alas, this is not for us to know, but it’s very much up to you to decide which automaker gets the chance. Which brand gets a temporary detour from the pearly gates, and what product would you like to see roll through those factory gates?

[Image: General Motors]

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  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Aug 20, 2020

    Unsure. 1) AMC 2) Pontiac 3) Datsun Would like to have seen what all 3 might come up with. But Pontiac and Datsun were 'divisions' of a larger organization and probably would not have been allowed to innovate. The original AMX demonstrated how good AMC engineering and styling could be. The Eagle AWD Wagon was the darling of the 'ladies who lunch' brigade. With those and the Jeep division if they had been able to hold on, AMC might have thrived with the onset of the SUV/4wd/AWD craze.

  • 3800FAN 3800FAN on Aug 21, 2020

    Plymouth! A plymouth version of the Chrysler lx platform is what I want. I dont want bling (chrysler 300) or muscle car ( charger, challenger). A Plymouth lx car would be a true sleeper street machine.

  • Kwik_Shift Low priced models (< $40G CAD)are leaving dealer lots as soon as they come in. Local Nissan dealer had 2 '23 Sentra SR Premiums come in last week and sold off this week. These were extra for stock.
  • EBFlex Good. This was Ford's way of culling the number of dealers they have. It was ridiculous and the requirements were unnecessary. Yet another huge hit to Ford's pointless EV push.
  • Dukeisduke So we have to wait until 2025 for a crappy turbo four coupled with an electric motor, instead of the torquey 4.0l 1GR-FE?
  • Raven65 This was basically my first car - although mine was a '76. My Dad bought it new to use as a commuter for his whopping 15-minute drive to work (gas is too expensive!) - but it was given to my sister when she left for college a couple of years later - and then she passed it down to me when I got my license in 1981. It was a base model... and I mean BASE... as in NO options. Manual 4-speed (no o/d) transmission, rubber floor (no carpet), no A/C, and no RADIO (though I remedied that within a week of taking ownership). Dad paid just over three grand for it. Mine was a slightly darker shade of yellow than this one (VW called it "Rallye Yellow") with the same black vinyl "leatherette" seat covers. Let me tell you, the combination of no A/C and that black vinyl interior was BRUTAL in the SC summers! Instrumentation was sparse to say the least, but who needs a tach when you have those cool little orange dots on the speedo to indicate redline in gears (one dot for redline in 1st gear, two dots for redline in 2nd gear, three for 3rd). LOL! It wasn't much, but it was MINE... and I LOVED it! It served me well through the remainder of high school and all the way through college and into my first "real job" where I started making actual money and finally traded it in on a brand new '89 Nissan 240SX. They gave me $300 for it!!!. I wish I still had it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
  • Analoggrotto Telluride is still better