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Yes , I know that you all know I hate them.

But, I also know not all of you do - so I have a question.

What FWD cars (if any) do you think will be collected and preserved a decade or two down the road?

Will any of these be someone's pride and joy at the local car show?

If so, which ones?

Even I can think of one...

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aurora and seville from the 90's.

eldo/riv/toro from the eighties

original toro

original taurus

citation/omega/etc.

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citation/omega/etc.

Ha ha ... c'mon, how often do you see an X-body going down the street? But when you do, it's funny! Kind of like seeing a Maverick with plaid seats, for God's sake!

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I think the LH cars...they were breakthrough designs that the rest of the companies tried to copy in the 90's...plus they were and are excellent handling cars...

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My list is short:

L29 Cord

810 Coffin Nose

Razorback Eldo

First gen. Toronado

Original Austin Mini

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Ha ha ... c'mon, how often do you see an X-body going down the street? But when you do, it's funny! Kind of like seeing a Maverick with plaid seats, for God's sake!

:rotflmao:

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My list is short:

L29 Cord

810 Coffin Nose

Razorback Eldo

First gen. Toronado

Original Austin Mini

I can agree with this list and add these:

The new Mini

Certain convertibles

Not so sure about the others listed so far. :scratchchin:

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Riviera: Final Gen, 79-85 gen

Aurora: First Gen

Allante

Reatta: already being preserved in great numbers, there is a Reatta club

Toronado: pretty much all of them

the last FWD Chrysler Imperial

80-85 Seville

probably some oddball original Tauruses will be saved

I wouldn't be surprised it you saw some well preserved Park Aves and Ninety Eights

edit; also... Cutlass supreme coupe and convertible

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Shame on me for forgeting the Bustleback Seville. 1980-85.

Even the 1979-85 Eldorado is quite nice stylistically and like

the Razorback it has a longitudinally mounted motor, which

eliminates 50% of what I hate about FWD.

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Any Olds Toronado

Any Buick Riviera

1979-85 E-Body coupes and convertibles

1980-85 Seville

1995-99 Olds Aurora

Cadillac Allante

Buick Reatta

Olds Cutlass Supereme convertible

1990-91 Olds Quad 442 Cutlass Calais

1992-02 Cadillac Eldorado (esp. convertible conversions)

Ford Taurus SHO

Ford Focus SVT

Ford Contour SVT

1995-2002 Lincoln Continental

Chrysler TC by Maserati

1990-93 Chrysler Imperial

Dodge Neon SRT

That's all I can think of now. Many of those are already 'collectable' now, especially most of the GM cars I've listed. Allantes still command high prices and Chrysler TCs are worth a decent amount in good condition, too.

And for anyone who says "out of every FWD car, that's it?!?!" remember that not every rear-wheel drive car is worth keeping either...

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I conceed that a few of just about everything will hang around, so I guess I should clarify a bit.

What will be saved/preserved on a regular basis?

From Fly's and Oldsmoboi's lists I will definitely agree on a few:

Reatta

Allante

The convertibles generally

Taurus SHO

Neon SRT

TC (God only knows why people save this POS)

Some of the Eldorados,Rivieras and just about any Toronado

1st gen Aurora

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there are enough fanatics of the Park Ave, Aurora and Cutlass coupe/convertible for them to be aggressively saved. there are a number of clubs for each.

the other W-body and H/G body cars don't seem to gather the same enthusiasm as the rest

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Most of them have been mentioned so far:

Chrysler's TC by Maserati (DOHC models)

Cord L29 and 810/812

Early Mini and late "original" Mini

Probably:

Buick Reatta (specifically the convertible)

Cadillac Allante (specifically the Northstar)

Ford Taurus SHO

Oldsmobile Toronado (possibly first and second generation)

More models (not necessarily in this order):

Lotus Elan

Shelby GLH-S

Shelby Lancer

Shelby CSX and CSX-T

Dodge Spirit R/T

Dodge Daytona IROC

Ruxton (I keep hoping...nobody seems to care)

NSU Ro80 (probably a long-shot because it's a four-door sedan)

Subaru SVX

Chrysler Town & Country convertible

Toyota Corolla FX16

Buick Riviera convertible (especially the XX model)

Chrysler Limousine and Executive Sedan

Renault GTA (especially the convertible)

Honda Civic CRX SI (first generation)

Lancia Thema 8.32

Rare FWD models that nobody will ever care about:

Mercury Monterey

Saturn Relay

Datsun F10

Suzuki Swift GT/GTi

Yugo Cabrio

Ford Escort EXP

Mercury Lynx LN7

Ford Escort Diesel

Ford Tempo Diesel

Dodge Omni 024 deTomaso

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Pretty much everything that's agreed upon so far, plus the Turbo Grand Prix

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Hudson:

I guess the Plymouth Horizon TC3 fits your last category too. :AH-HA_wink:

You are the first to mention ANY Japanese cars.

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Hudson:

I guess the Plymouth Horizon TC3 fits your last category too. :AH-HA_wink:

You are the first to mention ANY Japanese cars.

Too many on this site are blinded by their affection for GM to notice that there are some good cars on the other side of the Pacific.

I don't know that the TC3 was rare enough to fit into that last category...it was relatively popular.

I just thought of another Asian FWD car that should be included: Kia Elan.

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Rule of thumb: classic cars need to fit at least 2 of the following criteria:

-Rare

-Interesting

-Beautiful

It doesn't matter what it is, if it doesn't meet at least 2 of those it ain't gonna be a classic.

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The thing about the 1980-1985 bustleback Seville is that the current resale value is in the sub-$1000 range. This car is over 20 years old and it's still not considered by common buyers as a classic... At least in terms of financial worth.

Quick note for the uninitiated: I bought an 85 Seville in the summer of 2003 for $500, which I gave to my father-in-law as a gift in January 2006. Attempts to sell the car prior to that had failed.

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Rule of thumb: classic cars need to fit at least 2 of the following criteria:

-Rare

-Interesting

-Beautiful

It doesn't matter what it is, if it doesn't meet at least 2 of those it ain't gonna be a classic.

All three of those things are subjective....the first less so than the other two. Any car can be interesting and/or beautiful. But for it to be VALUABLE, you need two people who think it's "classic."
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The thing about the 1980-1985 bustleback Seville is that the current resale value is in the sub-$1000 range. This car is over 20 years old and it's still not considered by common buyers as a classic... At least in terms of financial worth.

While I tend to agree with you on the Seville, near-term price does not equate to long-term price. In the 1960s and 1970s, you could buy Bugattis and Ferraris and Cobras and Mercedes-Benz SLs for very low prices...and don't get me started on the rise in prices of muscle cars.
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