• Apr 12th 2007 at 6:05PM
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Show cars, dream cars and concept cars have long been a staple of the auto show circuit. Ever since Harley Earl dropped the 1938 Buick Y-Job on the unsuspecting public, automakers have been teasing us with concepts that more often than not fail to make it to production. Sometimes certain design elements or powerplants or nametags make it to showrooms, even whole vehicles occasionally slip through with minor changes, but there are always cars we wish automakers would have built but didn't. That's what The Car Connection addresses in its newest top ten list. "Ten Concepts Detroit Should Have Built," as you may guess, focuses on concepts American manufacturers should have made.

TCC gives a thorough description of each choice and an explanation of its merits, and also invites readers to weigh in on which they would choose as the pick of the litter. We encourage you to click over and check them out for yourself, but here's the list:
  • Chrysler Norseman, 1956
  • Chevrolet Astro II, 1967
  • Chevrolet Corvette Four-Rotor, 1972
  • Chrysler Phaeton, 1997
  • Pontiac Aztek, 1999
  • Jaguar F-Type, 2000
  • Chevrolet Nomad 1999 and 2003
  • Lincoln Continental, 2002
  • Cadillac Sixteen, 2003
  • Ford Reflex, 2006
Add our votes for the Astro II (pictured), the Nomads and Cadillac's Sixteen concept, though ourl list would have also included the Dodge M80, Ford 427 and Buick Velite.

[Source: TheCarConnection]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wheres the Forty Nine Concept? Get rid of the Aztek Concpet and replace it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      the banshee's by DeLorean
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll second the Chrysler Me-412. I'm not getting the Chrysler Phaeton, but I will put in a plug for the Chrysler Thunderbolt:


      I looked at the link above for the AMC AMX II - wow! That still looks good.

      Also I have a book on my shelf titled "Cars Detroit Never Built", I highly recommend it. In it they show a Buick concept from 1990 called the Bolero. Very nice lines.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here is a trio of interesting concept from the different years from the big three all aimed at the same market:


      (look halfway down the page for the 1989 Pontiac Stinger)

      • 8 Years Ago
      Pontiac Banshee from 1964.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the Lincoln L2K should have been built. I still have a brochure about it from The Houston Auto Show back in the 90's. Awesome little 2 door convertible!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish the Chrysler Atlantic would have been made with the strait 8 4.0L. Then that strait 8 could have replaced the jeep's 4.0L.
      I also liked the Chrysler Phaeton concept. I just would have used the 300C platform. Would have made a good luxury car with the extra long back seat room. Just like the Chrysler airflow. A taxi & police hybrid version would have been cool too.
      As for pt cruiser, I love fat fender and I wanted a family of pt cruisers similar to what motor trend wanted. The current size pt 4dr, convertible 2dr, pt wagon off the short wheel base caravan & panel van, and pt pickup that is as versatile as a Toyota SR5 + the MB2.2Lcrd from Europe. So people could have pt cruiser motor homes like the Toyota dolphin or flat bed parts truck with double tires or just a 7ft pickup bed. Then like the concept pt proto cruiser, a 2 seater with the 1.6L motor for good fuel mileage like the honda CRX and ACR 2.0L turbo for rally & SCCA racing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, all (most) of those cars are crap. Or they at least look like crap.
      I guess that's why I switched from TCC to Autoblog ;-).
      • 8 Years Ago
      for sure take the aztek out of there. i like ford reflex, cadillac sixteen, chrysler phaeton, jag f-type. all those cars would completely take over the sales.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The F-type Jaguar of course!

      The world has been waiting 33 years for the successor to the legendary E-type Jaguar. 40 years if you count from the end of the Series 1. That is too long to wait for a sequel. The successful pre-Ford Jaguar always had a connection to racing AND had a killer sports car to sell the public, be it the SS90, SS100, XK 120, XK 140, XK150, XK-SS, or E-type. You can chart their demise in Coventry nearly to the day they started making the E-type a GT, and then finally replaced it with the XJS. Big heavy V-engined GT and Luxo-cars alone do not a Jaguar make. Ford has never figured that out for some dumb reason.

      Nasser's quote came true I guess.


      • 8 Years Ago
      The Ford 427 for sure should have been built along with the 2002 Lincoln Continental Concept.

      I also like the lines and the boldness of the Cadillac Sixteen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't understand why it's so hard for Detroit to build a great car.
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