People Think These American Sports Cars Are Awesome… They Aren’t

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For the most part, American automakers are well within their comfort zone when producing muscle cars, but sports cars are rather a different animal though.



It takes a lot of resources to produce any car, but with sports cars you have to add several months of tweaking to that. Although sports cars are inherently unreliable as commuters, that is, if they can even be used for commuting, American sports cars have at times been completely unreliable.

In other cases, the cars seemed the part only to be disappointed with their powertrain choice. Having too much power can be just as bad as having too little, and they were guilty of both extremes.

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8 DeLorean DMC-12

Even though their factory was in Belfast and therefore inherently Irish, they were still an American owned and operated business. Costs were unfortunately cut everywhere and before anyone knew if they still wanted one, then-CEO John DeLorean got involved in a mad drug smuggling affair.

Drama aside, the DeLorean is a beautiful car in person. It’s impossibly low to the ground and those gull-wing doors only add to the drama of its brushed stainless steel design, but it’s the sad V6 engine coming from the PVR that really kills the car, taking away happily performance and handling in one fell swoop. .


seven Bricklin SV-1

Building a car business is an ambitious undertaking, but like most, they ended up going too far. The Canadian company had big ambitions to make a better, more efficient and safer car (SV stands for Safety Vehicle).

In their infinite wisdom they chose an AMC V8 for their car, the already heavy polycarbonate (plastic) bodywork had to be dragged along by an underpowered, low-emission engine that liked to eat its own oil pump once in a while . It turned out to be worse than most regular Malaise-era cars, more dangerous than them (they had a bad habit of catching fire), and just plain slow.

Related: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Bricklin SV-1

6 Chevrolet Camaro Iron Duke

It’s very hard not to include the Iron Duke Camaro on the “worst sports car” list. Putting an engine like this in a sports car body was a crime.

90 horsepower was never going to be enough for this car, and that leaves you scratching your head. While these are pretty reliable, no one really knows what GM was thinking.

5 Avanti

While other manufacturers worked hard to develop muscle cars and the odd affordable people carrier to keep making money, Studebaker bet the farm on a sports car (original photo).

We are all now fully aware that this was a very bad decision. The car they came out with looks nice and runs well, but just didn’t sell well, mainly due to its fiberglass construction, which made it look more like a kit car. It will then be sold in this kit car form until 2006. The original Avanti made by Studebaker is a classic, but these kit cars are unfortunately more a matter of chance.

Related: Here’s What Makes The Studebaker Avanti One Of The Boldest Cars Ever Made

4 Ford GT

To be clear, the GT isn’t necessarily a bad car, it’s just a subpar supercar for the hypercar money.

The performance car game has changed so much over the years that those original GT cars made in the early 2000s are now nothing but very expensive works of art.

3 Saturn Sky

Technically, it’s an Opel. However, while GM was still determined to confuse everyone with its weird badge engineering quest, these sporty little cars got a Saturn badge.

With so much potential on offer, they just flattered to deceive, delivering uninspired real-world performance that belies their specs and seriously questionable 1900s GM build quality.

Related: Mallet Performance Hammers a 2007 Saturn Sky into a Chic 360 HP LS2 V8 Roadster


2 Dodge the Viper

With a long production run, these cars eventually evolved into arguably one of America’s finest supercars, it didn’t start that way.

The original Viper just amounts to a really fun way to die, with far too much power for its own good and no way to tame that ridiculous V10.

1 Chevrolet Corvette California

Few sports car models were able to survive the oil crisis of the 70s, but the Corvette C3 managed to get through it all, but to do so they had to make this pile of sadness.

Making a paltry 180 horsepower from its 305 V8, it struggled to keep up with the rapidly improving hatchbacks rolling out of Europe and Japan. While the C4 Corvette might not be the most endearing model, it was a much-needed (no pun intended) breath of fresh air.

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