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What's The Worst First-Generation Car?

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What's The Worst First-Generation Car?

Not every car is born perfect. Most new models experience teething problems that are often corrected in later generations. What's the worst first-generation car?

As hard as it is to admit, the first years of the first-generation Corvette are only famous because the later years are so wonderful. The same name that gave us the Sting Ray, two ZR1s, and countless other amazing machiness began its life asconvertible with sporting intentions but lackluster abilities. In place of a big American V-8, the original 'Vette made do with a weeniefied, 150-hp Blue Flame Six six-cylinder engine paired with a two-speed automatic. Chevy quickly realized its mistake, fitting the car with a small-block V8, a sexier body, and a manual transmission. Without those changes, the Corvette name would likely have died before it had the chance to truly live.

Pencils have erasers and keyboards have backspace keys for a reason. What car most benefited from the revision process?

LINK:

http://jalopnik.com/5569788/whats-the-worst-first+generation-car

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Z-06    493

Again a bad example Jalopnik. When you talk about the first generation you should mean entire generation not one model year before a full update. Corvette did not have a full C2 update till 1963.

Second, V8 was introduced in the third MY of the first generation, so GM learned fast. And the body style was more than handsome. Other than a blip in the first couple of years of powertrain, what was wrong with the car to be called the "worst"?

If you want to bash GM for any negative superlative article use some other example.

Hyundais, Toyotas, Hondas may fit the bill before a Corvette does.

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Again a bad example Jalopnik. When you talk about the first generation you should mean entire generation not one model year before a full update. Corvette did not have a full C2 update till 1963.

The '56 was completely restyled, so it really the 2nd generation. Some sources list the 1st gen as '53-55, 2nd gen as '56-62. It's a misnomer to call the current car the 'C6' when it really is the C7.

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Z-06    493

The '56 was completely restyled, so it really the 2nd generation. Some sources list the 1st gen as '53-55, 2nd gen as '56-62. It's a misnomer to call the current car the 'C6' when it really is the C7.

I agree that there was a major restyle in 1956 but it was still a gen 1.

The sources may list whatever they want to but we have to go with what GM has officially called the first generation. That still does not exonerate Jalopnik's lapse that the V8 was introduced in 1955 - the third MY of C1.

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Camino LS6    866

Mr. Zo6 is, of course correct.

As for the question at hand, the Honda 600 comes to mind (if you count it as an ancestor to the Civic). It was a terrible little beastie that looked like a scuba mask from the back.

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I had to look up the Honda 600.

It's surprisingly good looking for a Japanese car from the 70's.

Honda_600.jpg

*edit: Once again the image URL gets an extra "http://" pasted on the front. I want to find the programmer of this board software and kick him in the nuts.

Edited by the_yellow_dart

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X body Citations If you can count Citation II's as gen 2 :deadhorse:

LOL...of course, the Citation was also sort of the 5th gen X body...after the '62-65, '66-67, '68-74, and '75-79 RWD X bodies (Chevy II, Nova, etc)...

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Camino LS6    866

I had to look up the Honda 600.

It's surprisingly good looking for a Japanese car from the 70's.

Good looking? Did you see a shot of the rear?

I may not like Japanese cars of any era, but there were definitely much, much better looking examples from other companies in the 70s.

240Z, Celica...

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fightingbee    2

Don't know much about the 600's, my folks had a '77 Accord when I was a kid that although decent mechanically turned into a total rust bucket by the early-mid 80's. There was hardly anywere on the body to even jack it up by then. It was driven to the scrapyard and replaced by a "crappy" used FWD X-body Skylark that 10 yrs. later was a rusty but still very solid car.

GM's worst 1st gen would probably be the Vega had there ever been a total redesign. - also a rust bucket.

The worst car I can think of still made might be a Sonata or Elantra. Those did not seem to hold up too well at all in the late 80's-early 90's. Iffy Mitsu powertrains combined with ultra cheap interior parts.

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intrigued    9

my folks had a first year citation that drove on original engine and tranny for 360k miles. One of their most relaible cars ever.

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Well, 1st off... the Corvette was a bogus example.

Toyota T100, as a sort of 1st gen. Tundra, sucked more than most vehicles.

It was about durable as a wet cardboard box, boring looking as a pile of white socks & about as rust proof as a '84 Accord.

Speaking of Honda, is it just me, or is the 600 better looking than most of today's Hondas? Sure it's an ugly duckling but it far less grotesque than an Element, Ridgeline, Accord, esp. the "CrossTurd" & all the new Acuras with their Bugs Bunny "Platinum Grilles"

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Even sadder, Fiat had already done all the work for them on that car. Dumb Serbs. (and i'm part Serb BTW):withstupid:

Don't blame the people living under the ass-backwards communist rule, blame the idiotic Socialist machine for screwing it all up.

I lived it, trust me.

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ocnblu    733

Dealership I work at actually sold Yugos for a while. The signs are in a dusty corner of the bodyshop, behind the paint booths.

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SAmadei    224

Dealership I work at actually sold Yugos for a while. The signs are in a dusty corner of the bodyshop, behind the paint booths.

These will be on an upcoming episode of 'American Pickers'.

Its my understanding that Yugo was doing fairly well here, regardless of ridicule, and that it took a war to destroy them. Makes you wonder what future Yugos would have been like... I'm not talking about the GV, which recently ended its long run in the homeland, as it would not have passed our current safety regs... but with money, I suppose Yugo could have bought the rights to some other obsolete car to reproduce poorly.

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