Thanks to the magic of rendering.
When an automaker goes out of business, there are bound to be people who wish that the company could still build new cars. For instance, there are a lot of people that wish that Buick or GMC were killed off instead of Pontiac, so that we could have a modern version of the Firebird. There are many brands that we'd like to see get brought back to life. Thanks to the folks over at Budget Direct, we can now see what seven cars from discontinued brands would look like if they were still built in 2018.
The first car that was rendered was the 1971 Plymouth Barracuda. The Barracuda was built from 1964 and 1974, but the 1971 model is easily the most legendary. Plymouth was shut down in 2001 after final merger talks between Daimler and Chrysler. The Barracuda was very similar to the Dodge Challenger at the time, and a new model could be powered by the Hellcat or Demon drivetrain.
The Oldsmobile Cutlass is a another muscle car that would look amazing if it was still built today. The Cutlass was built from 1961 and 1988, then again from 1997 to 1999. Oldsmobile was killed off in 2004, before GM went through its bankruptcy in 2008. We would love to have a full-size coupe built on GM's new Alpha platform, powered by the supercharged LT4 V8.
The AMC Gremlin certainly was not a well-loved car when it was introduced in 1970. AMC built 671,475 Gremlins from 1970 to 1978, and we strangely love this rendering of a modern version.
The DMC DeLorean is easily the most recognizable car on this list. The DeLorean was only built from 1981 to 1983, but most people know it from the movie Back to the Future. DeLorean is actually building brand-new versions of these cars thanks to an exemption from the government, but we still love seeing what a 21st century DeLorean might look like.
Tatra was a Czech car company that many people haven't even heard of. The company still builds trucks, but hasn't built a car since 1999. This Tatra is called the JK 2500, a one-off prototype that was built in 1954. We think that this Tatra looked fantastic, and looks even better as a modern car.
The Rover 75 was one of the last gasps of the British company Rover. This is the company that once spawned Land Rover, but was killed off after 2005 when the MG Rover Group went bust. The brand has traded hands several times since then, and currently lies in the hands of a Chinese company that bought the rights to the Rover name.
In the past, we have expressed our desire for the Saab brand to start building cars again. This rendering is actually of a modern version of the Saab Phoenix concept, which was never built in the first place. This car shows that Saab has some amazing designs that we wish could have come to fruition as production models.