• May 29th 2009 at 12:58PM
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The drive from Autoblog's South Bay outpost to Reno-Fernley raceway gave Justice Lieberman and I some time to wax poetic on the 24 Hours of LeMons. Peppered between discussions about the race, the field of competitors and the finer points of officiating the world's fastest growing motorsport (we're pretty sure), I asked the question: what cars are going to dominate LeMons 20 years from now? Some were obvious, so were absurd and others were dismissed out of hand.

So when we got back, I listed off the most credible contenders that came up during our discussion. In order to be qualified for the list, the vehicle had to meet certain criteria. First, it has to be on sale today and available in sufficient numbers. That means niche vehicles are generally out. Secondly, it can't be one of the front-runners currently dominating LeMons, so the BMW 3 Series, Mazda MX-5 and Civic aren't included on the list, although they'll undoubtedly have a presence during the 2029 LeMons season. Third, they had to have some amount of aftermarket support, so replacements and performance parts could be had in the junkyards of tomorrow. What'd we come up with? Click below to start the list.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Really anything with the GM 2.0L Turbo engine should do nicely :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very true. Cobalt SS/TC should be on this list.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Absolutely. How can you leave out the fastest FWD car around the ring with one of the best turboed engines available? That 260 hp turbo 2 liter DI 4 is an amazing piece.
      Aubs
      • 6 Years Ago
      The number "42" on the door of the headlining vehicle seems appropriate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Miata, BMW 3 series, "old" German road barges, Hondas blowing head gaskets, and if the enthusiastic few still exist, Volvos, Saabs, Alfas, Fiats, Jags, Lotus, RXs, and Porsches. Also, the odd few vans, trucks, and Busa-engined k-cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        busa based k-car ftw.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chevy Aveo, FTW!
      • 6 Years Ago
      There will be plently of hybrids on the scrap heap to choose from as well. I would love to see a "mad max" Prius with a mini gun on the roof. Or better yet a Prius with a 502ci Chevy BB.
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