Old Cars Revamped

By Angela Monroe - August 27, 2021

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Old cars are making new tracks. Consumers are demanding it and manufacturers are (quickly) delivering it.

We take a look at a few old cars making a massive comeback in the auto world.

Toyota Supra

Hiatus: 22 years

From first model:

1979 supra(1979-1981 Toyota Celica Supra MA47)

To this:

2020 supra(2020–present Toyota GR Supra. source: caranddriver.com)

The name Supra is a legend in the car world. It’s fame mainly comes from the Mk4 Supra or ‘Mark 4’ which featured in the first and second instalments of the Fast and Furious movies. 

Interestly, in June, 2021, the Mk4 Supra driven by the late Paul Walker in The Fast & The Furious sold for US$555,000 (AU$767,100) to become the most-expensive Toyota Supra ever. 

The Mk4 was sold from 1993 – 1998.

mk4 (Mk4 Supra)

A collaboration between Toyota and BMW, fifth generation Supra was unveiled in January 2019.

Ford Bronco

Hiatus: 25 years

From first model:

1966bronco(1966–1977 first generation Ford Bronco)

To this:

2021bronco(2021 Ford Bronco)

Another big name in the car industry (and celebrity industry) – Bronco. The Ford Bronco is an off-road ready SUV, originally developed as a compact SUV.

The model was discontinued in 1996 due to a decline in demand.

But now it’s back.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) for Ford, the Bronco gained massive publicity on June 17, 1994.

OJ Simpson police chase

June 17, 1994: Murder suspect OJ Simpson, along with his friend AC Cowlings, engaged in a low-speed police chace through the Los Angeles highways. It was quickly televised live. 

95 million Americans and many more viewers around the world watched live as around 20 police cars pursued the infamous white 1993 Ford Bronco.

Nissan Z

Hiatus: 3 years

From first model:

1969datsun(1969 Datsun 240Z. source: supercars.net)

To this:

400z(2023 Nissan 400Z)

Nissan Z cars are hugely popular due to their nostalgia among enthusiasts. The original name in Japan was the Fairlady Z.

The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe has proven a reliable and affordable sports car.

Datsun – Nissan name

The name Datsun is synonymous with Nissan. The name is owned by Nissan, which took over Datsun in 1934, but phased it out in 1986. In 2013, Nissan re-launched the brand name for low-cost vehicles in some markets.

The 400Z is set to be a hall of famer. Production began on the twin-turbo V-6 powered Z car in August, 2021.

Lamborghini Countach

Hiatus: 31 years

From first model:

1974countach(1974 Lamborghini Countach)

To this:

2021countach(2021 Lamborghini Countach)

If Lamborghini had a dollar for every time one of their cars was featured on a teenager’s bedroom wall, they wouldn’t need to make cars anymore.

The Countach says ‘exotic supercar’ all over it. Originally debuting in 1974 for sale to the public, it caught the attention of many.

With its scissor doors, low-slung wedge shape and loud exhaust note, the Countach is instantly recognisable, and one of the brand’s most well-known models.

Now, it’s back. Unveiled in August 2021, the LPI 800-4 is a limited edition (to around 112 units) hybrid-electric remake of the original Countach. To date, all 112 units have been sold.

Want one? Yours for around A$4.83 million – if one comes up for sale.

Land Rover Defender

Hiatus: 4 years

From first model:

1990 defender(1990 Land Rover Defender)

To this:

2020 defender(2020 Land Rover Defender)

The Defender has ancestors dating beyond its nameplate. The ‘Defender’ badge (name) first appeared in 1990, but prior to that, it was known as the Land Rover 110 (“One Ten”), introduced in 1983.

In 2020, revealed in 2019, the new L663 Defender took to the streets and was naturally an instant hit.

Previous models of the Defender have been used for military purposes, especially by British forces. The vehicle can be seen in ‘celebrity’ pristine condition having never ventured off road to wading through muddy creek beds all over the world. 

The vehicle pegs itself close to safari. The hallmark rear roof side windows are said to allow occupants to view animals in trees.

Why are so many old cars becoming new cars?

We’ve covered just a few of the standouts but there are many more. Old cars with well-known names last for a reason: consumers demand them.

Furthermore, if you’re an automaker trying to introduce a new model with a known name attached, half the work is done for you.

Nostalgia also plays a role in attracting buyers. Many old cars are redesigned to suit new buyers who grew up loving the older models.

Angela Monroe
Angela Monroe is the Community Manager at The Positive Group, specialising in giving people the information that they need when they need it, and putting you on the path to a fair financial future. She has 8 years of experience in helping Australians find the right finance solutions, and regularly contributes articles to empower Australians with the knowledge they need to become financially healthy.

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