We’re getting a serious case of automotive déjà vu these days.
Saab, brought back from the dead by Spyker, is talking about resurrecting the iconic 92 (shown above), Jaguar may finally build the F-Type homage to the E-type, and Fiat’s cinquecento is due in U.S. showrooms any day now. With automakers combing their archives for ideas, we’d like to suggest a few rides we’d like resuscitated. We think the Alfa Romeo Giulia would look great with more-modern metal, and if VW can bring back the Beetle and the Rabbit, it can surely find room for the Karmann Ghia.
Of course, as anyone who’s suffered through the Guy Ritchie version of Swept Away can tell you, there’s a good chance a remake won’t hold up to the original. We shuddered when Ford based a revamped Mercury Cougar on a Contour, and the Toyota FJ Cruiser is far too civilized to do the river-fording, U.N.-peacekeeping work of the original FJ40. But the Ford GT and Fiat 500 show a company can get it right if it hews closely to its heritage.
We’re holding out hope that our favorite cars will come back unscathed, and we’re also well aware that we’ve left some cars out of our automotive time machine. Don’t worry — you’ll get your chance tomorrow to tell us which retro rides you want to see reinvented.