5 Good versions of cars with a bad image
Sometimes, bad reputations have gone too far.
Sometimes, a bad reputation ruins everything. Whether you're a TV personality or a film actor, if something remotely fishy gets leaked, you're automatically scrutinised and hated upon by the general community.
There have been cases where terrible allegations have been true, but other times they've been mere rumours and a lot of the time, they're false. But the fact the information was raised in the first gives people a completely different impression than before. That can sometimes be very unfair.
The same has applied to cars over the years. Coming up now, is 5 versions of cars which gained a bad reputation, but were actually pretty good. Enjoy.
Face-lifted Fiat Multipla
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When the Multipla first arrived, people were in shock. Because people didn't really focus on how practical it was and its value compared to others, because it had as much sex appeal as a deformed Blobfish.
A face-lift was done to mature the Multipla, but the damage had already been done and people had already been massively put off. But judging the Multipla by its styling is slightly unfair, as it was a genuinely good car.
With 6 seats, it offered space for one more person than most other cars on the market. It was also easy to see out of and people verging onto 7" could fit inside.
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The Edsel name in Ford's history is remembered as one that epitomised commercial failure. They lost over $250 million in trying to make Edsel work and it was killed off within the space of just 4 years.
Regardless of the brand image, the early Edsels themselves were seen as rather ugly things and by 1960, the damage had already been done. Which is sort-of a shame since the last (and extraordinarily rare) Edsels were pretty smart-looking things.
The styling was more mature and conservative unlike earlier models, but that was a general direction for American cars of the time. And because all the parts were made by Ford, there wasn't really much to complain about in terms of the Edsel's engineering. It was pretty much a Fairlane with a different name.
It just had the wrong backstory.
2nd gen Chevrolet Corvair
Ralph Nader had famously criticised the early Corvairs for their swing-axle rear suspension setup which caused the car to spin and sometimes - according to Nader - flip over.
Personally, I think he was fear-mongering this theory too much. But nevertheless, Chevy responded with the new Corvair for 1965; it adopted a new independent rear suspension set up to try and cure the bad press that Nader had given the previous one. It was now better-behaved around corners and was a decent car in its own right.
This didn't work, sadly. While 220,000 Corvairs were sold in 1965, the public's response to Nader's book, 'Unsafe at any Speed' (which was also published that year) caused sales to drop significantly. In 1968 for example, just 14,800 Corvairs had sold.
Jaguar S-Type R
The S-Type is remembered as one of Jaguar's darkest hours by many. Everyone hated the way it looked and while I don't really agree with the general consensus of the car in general, nobody can really deny that the 400bhp supercharged R is a bad car.
This was Jaguar's answer to the BMW M5; it used the same mechanical underpinnings as the achingly gorgeous XKR and this V8 super saloon which was capable of shifting from 0-60 in around 5 seconds. The trouble is: it was massively overlooked.
Not only that, those same ingredients underneath were carried over to the more-respected XF. Meaning that the S-Type R was a capable car which offered a great drive. They're also extremely cheap right now...
The 914 was a bit of an oddity in Porsche history. It sold in massive numbers, but many enthusiasts disregarded it as not being a 'proper Porsche' as the project involved heavy input from VW. Some even regard it as one of the worst sports cars ever made (which I personally find unfair).
However, to cool down the controversial ethos of the car, the 914/6 was later available with the 2.0 litre flat six engine from the 911 T.
Despite it not being a 911, it was still a great sports car and being a Porsche, could be tuned and entered into all sorts of competition while also offering an exquisite driving experience.
Thanks for reading
So, there we are. That was my short list of versions of cars which had a bad image, but were very good under the skin.
If you want to throw any more examples in, feel free to do so in the comments. But I hope you enjoyed reading nevertheless.