Everyone loves nostalgia—especially now in the digital, social media age. Don’t believe us? Ask the people closest to you whether they prefer vinyl over Spotify, original movies over CGI remakes and classic rock over K-pop. Digital time hops like Throwback Thursday (#TBT) and Flashback Friday (#FBF) have gained global popularity over the last decade. As the new year quickly approaches, what better way to pay homage to the automotive industry than to look back at some of the coolest throwback vehicles to resurrect in 2020?
Because of its odd, egg-like shape, some people may immediately recognize this cool throwback as the “Steve Urkel car” from the ‘90s hit show, Family Matters. While the BMW Isetta was popular in Italy in the early 1950s, it would make a great addition to 2020’s inventory of vehicles as well. Because it requires minimal fuel consumption, it furthers the goal of reducing our environmental impact around the globe.
According to Cheapism.com, the Pontiac GTO, also known as “The Goat”, was widely considered to be the vehicle that kicked off the era of the muscle car when it debuted in 1964. This brash, yet sleek classic deserves a comeback! In the year 2020, this vehicle’s “James Dean-style” exterior should be restored with only a few modern touches to the interior.
Originated in 1973, the DeLorean is the ultimate throwback vehicle, mostly recognized for its time-traveling abilities in the Back to the Future movies. These sportscars would make all the heads turn on today’s road with its gull-wing doors and brushed stainless steel outer body panels. Seeing this two-seater regularly on the streets again would take us right back to 1985!
Known to be “ahead of its time”, this spacious throwback car not only had moveable seats, but also a fold-out table for its passengers! We can see this vehicle making a huge impact in the era of Lyft and Uber rides, as it would certainly come in handy when traveling in large groups.
The AMC Pacer, aka “moon buggy”, is widely recognized as Garth’s retro-futuristic car from the ‘90s cult classic, Wayne’s World. Known to be wider than it was tall, the Pacer featured a distinct three-piece rear window that made it look more like a spaceship than a car. With a lighter, more powerful engine, the AMC Pacer could easily be resurrected in 2020 as a popular go-to sportscar.
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