For every generation, there seems to be an iconic car that epitomizes that specific era. But for some reason, even though a variety of vehicles have reached cult status, they’re no longer in production and now probably re-branded as a classic. There’s nothing wrong with that—car brands, makes, and models come and go—but here’s a couple vehicles that unfortunately ran out of gas in the long run.
Literally guzzling through gas was GM’s Hummer. Making headlines when the Governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, drove them, the heavy duty vehicle did pretty well during the early 2000s. Exponential increases in gas prices during a recession sealed the Hummer’s fate in 2009 when it was reported that sales fell 67%.
One fan favorite, the Pontiac Firebird, had over 30 illustrious years in the automotive industry. Loosely based on the Camaro, the usually phoenix adorned vehicle flew in its own direction, away from the more tradition lines of the Camaro, just after 3 years of its launch—ultimately making a name for itself as one of the coolest cars. Hitting its 35th anniversary, the Firebird wasn’t able to rise from its own ashes, and the line was stopped in 2003.
And then there’s the DeLorean—with its strong association as the vehicle of the future, it never made it past 1982. Perhaps the public just wasn’t ready for such a vehicle, and who knows how much that time machine feature would’ve cost.
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