5 Classic sports cars I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole
Here are a few cars that may be desirable, but I would never want to own
When you think of classic cars, you likely think of the big old American cruisers of the 50s and 60s, or maybe the burly muscle cars of the 70s. Maybe you'd even think about some of the JDM legends of the 90s. Regardless of what you're thinking of, it's probably cool.
Every car on this is cool. But I would never want to own any of them.
1. 1953 Corvette
While it is certainly a pretty car, the 1953 Corvette has to be one of the worst cars Chevrolet has ever made. The weak "Blue Flame" Inline-6 engine produced just 150hp, and was known for being incredibly unreliable.
Sadly, the engine isn't even the worst part of this car. The only transmission option was a 2-speed Powerglide automatic, which meant that the car would rarely have the correct gear ratio. This is not something you want when your car has just 150hp. Plus, it was a complete slushbox.
One redeeming feature the Corvette had was its weight. The fibreglass body weighed less than 3000lbs, which may seem like a lot, but is actually quite impressive for a car of its size. Unfortunately, the fibreglass body wasn't very rigid, which meant that the body would flex and roll in turns, making the handling slow and unpredictable.
Luckily for the Corvette, Chevy fixed many issues for 1956, by giving it a 225hp V8 and a proper transmission.
2. Porsche 356
Among the most desirable of classics, a good 356 Speedster can sell for over $500,000. But while it's a good looking car, it's basically a VW Beetle.
I know there's been a joke going around about the 911 looking like a Beetle for decades, but the 356 IS a Beetle. Ignoring the shape and the brace on the hood, the 356 had a rear mounted flat-four engine, a 4-speed manual transmission, and a 0-60 time of 13.5 seconds. This is significantly faster than a Beetle, but for half a million bucks, that's disappointing.
And of course it has all the problems early 911s had and more. The engine in the rear would cause snap oversteer, if you were even able to get it up to the speed needed for that.
Another problem with it are the sheer number of replicas around. If you're driving around in the real thing and pull up to a faker, nobody's going to know the difference. And since the replicas are so much more common than the real ones, everyone's going to assume you have a replica.
3. Lamborghini Countach
The Countach is one of the most iconic cars of the '70s and '80s, however most people who own them admit that they're terrible cars. Outward visibility? No. Comfort? Lol, no. Light clutch? Hope you have strong leg muscles, buddy.
It's safe to say that Lamborghini completely missed the mark for drivability with the Countach. While it is apparently very fun to drive (if you have massive calves), it certainly isn't worth the pain that comes with it. Oh yeah, did I mention that if you want one you'd have to shell out half a million bucks?
Buy a Diablo instead, it certainly drives better, and in my opinion, looks better as well.
4. Ferrari Mondial
Many people consider the Mondial to be the worst Ferrari ever made, and for good reason too. We'll start with the exterior styling. Despite being a mid-engine car, it looks very out of proportion and front-heavy.
The engine was alright, but produced just 214hp, which is very low for a Ferrari of this time period. The electronics however were know for being very unreliable and expensive to fix.
Also, 0-60 times in this miserable excuse for a Ferrari were between 8 and 10 seconds, depending on the spec. Compare that to a modern Prius which does the sprint in about that to see how slow this really is.
Good news (No, it's not the Dacia Sandero), it only costs around $30,000 to buy one today. But why would you?
5. Delorean DMC-12
Despite still looking futuristic today (even though it's 40 years old), the Delorean is anything but.
Let's start with the powertrain. It's powered not by a flux capacitor, but by a Peugeot-sourced V6 that produces just 130hp. This was sent through either a 5 speed manual or a horrid 3 speed automatic to the rear wheels. The low power combined with the heavy stainless steel panelling meant that it would take over 10 seconds just to hit 60. For reference, a modern Toyota Camry will do 0-60 in just 7.6 seconds. Imagine buying a car like this just to have it's doors blown off by a humble Camry.
Speaking of doors, the Delorean has some pretty cool gullwing ones. What you might not know is that the only thing helping you open the heavy stainless steel door straight up is a single piston that is known to fail. So yeah, you might need strong muscles just to get in the car.
The Peugeot V6 is known for being horrendously unreliable, too. So don't worry about how to get into the car when the piston fails, worry about how to get out when it overheats and catches fire.
Also I think it looks like a frog.