Illustration for article titled What Car Could Have Been Great But Wasnt?

When a car's development is rushed for some reason or the workforce is simply not up for the job, the finished product will be worse than it looked on paper. Much worse.


Think of the Hillman Imp that was supposed to outrun the Mini, or the DeLorean DMC-12 that could have been America's next amazing sports car. Great ideas executed badly.


As years pass, owners take these cars apart, re-engineer and upgrade parts in order to end up with a car they could love and use at the same time, but isn't it nice when the manufacturer takes care of the development before sales start?

Which cars ended up in dealerships earlier than ideal, and which doomed machine could have been brilliant from the start?

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