3 December 2009

Hagerty Lists Top 'Threatened, Endangered and Extinct' Cars

The passenger pigeon was once the most common bird in North America. Flocks were said to have blackened the skies. Yet history records that the last passenger pigeon—a bird named “Martha”— died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.

Scant attention, however, was paid to the last chirp of the Plymouth Cricket. Thousands of these British-made captive imports were sold by Chrysler-Plymouth dealers in the early 1970s, yet evidence of it in the automotive fossil record is nearly non-existent. The Chevrolet Monza did an even bigger disappearing act. More than 300,000 Monzas were produced between 1975 and 1980, yet recent sightings have been so infrequent that the Chevy Monza must surely be considered “threatened.”

Other once popular cars have likely disappeared to the extent that they’re “endangered” or even “extinct.” Honestly, when’s the last time anyone saw a Chrysler Cordoba (with or without the “rich Corinthian leather?”)

If someone turns up a running and driving example of a car on the Hagerty “Extinct” list, we’ll happily remove it – when presented with the proper evidence, of course, such as a photo of the car with the owner standing in front of it holding the day’s newspaper. Send your tips to mediaservices@hagerty.com. And, for obvious reasons, we prefer breeding pairs to single cars.

The Hagerty “Threatened” List
Cars originally built in numbers greater than 10,000 of which Hagerty insures fewer than 25

1. 1975-80 Chevrolet Monza: The Monza, based on the infamous Chevy Vega, might well have been the most attractive GM car of the mid-1970s. It was also available with a small V-8 and a manual transmission. Monzas raced successfully, and although the styling was a quality job, build quality wasn’t better than anything else of the era, which may explain the scarcity of survivors.

2. 1963-66 Studebaker Wagonaire: Old station wagons are hot, but few Studebaker Wagonaires ever seem to surface. A pity, as they could be ordered with column shift manual transmissions and V-8s with four barrel carburetors. A unique sliding roof over the cargo area also meant that everything from surfboards to refrigerators could be carried inside.

3. 1971-74 BMW Bavaria: The Bavaria, a precursor to the modern 5-series BMW, followed the successful formula of the 2002 in putting the largest possible engine in the lightest platform – in this case, the 2.8 liter six in the basic 2500 body. Mercedes sedans of the era are still quite common but their competitors from Munich seem to have all but disappeared.

4. 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT: Pitched as an economic commuter car, the four-cylinder mid-engine two-seater was initially no sports car. But by 1988, it had a potent V-6 and a re-worked suspension tuned by Lotus engineers. Alas, it was all for naught. GM killed the car after finally getting it right.

5. 1971-77 Toyota Celica: In 1971 – a little late to the pony car craze – Toyota fielded this Shetland that resembled a miniature Mustang. While it lacked the V-8 engine of a real Detroit pony car, or for that matter the more potent twin-cam home market motors, the first-generation Celica handled pleasantly and was an attractive, well-built car. And as we mentioned, the Liftback was a dead-ringer for a 3/4 scale 1967 Mustang.

The Hagerty “Endangered” List
Cars originally built in numbers greater than 10,000 of which Hagerty insures fewer than 15

1. 1971-76 Mercury Capri: The Capri was Ford of Europe’s answer to the Mustang. Like the Mustang, it was built on rather ordinary sedan underpinnings but the result was handsome, well made and, in the case of the V-6 powered cars, fast. It was quite popular in the early 1970s, selling more than 100,000 units in its first two years. Where they all went is anyone’s guess.

2. 1971-74 Mazda RX-2: The RX-2 was the first rotary-powered car to make an impact in the U.S. market. The engine, built under license from NSU Wankel in Germany, was compact, had few moving parts and ran very smoothly. It also offered V-8 performance in a small car. Unfortunately, it also offered V-8 thirst and when the fuel crisis hit, most early rotary cars disappeared.

3. 1975-81 Volkswagen Scirocco: The first-generation VW Scirocco was positioned as a replacement for the popular Karmann-Ghia. It was a thoroughly modern, VW Rabbit-based, front-wheel drive, water-cooled car with angular styling courtesy of Ital Design and Giorgetto Giugiaro. As rust-prone as anything of the era, the ranks of first-generation Sciroccos have thinned to the point that extinction may loom, particularly for first-year cars with pretty chrome bumpers and funky plaid seats.

4. 1979-81 Toyota Supra: If anyone ever decides to chronicle the history of Toyota’s luxury division, this car has to go down as the proto-Lexus. By adding a few inches of wheelbase, a fancier grille, leather seats and a big, smooth straight six, Toyota discovered that there was a market in the U.S. for Japanese quality and execution in a bigger, cushier and pricier package.

5. 1971 Plymouth Cricket: Produced in the U.K. by Chrysler’s subsidiary, The Rootes Group, it was known there as the Hillman Avenger. Like most captive imports, Chrysler’s heart was never into selling the car in the U.S. and its dealers were perplexed. Chrysler squashed it just before the energy crisis, selling the entire design to Iran’s state car company where it was produced under license. Add that to the Shah’s litany of crimes. As a genuine car guy himself, he should have known better.

Update: The 1971 Cricket was originally listed as "extinct," but a reader – and '71 Cricket owner – has pointed out that his car has been insured by Hagerty since September. We've confirmed his claim and we stand corrected. We're happy to upgrade the car to "endangered" status!

6. 1981-85 Chevrolet Citation X-11: The Citation was one of GM’s X-cars, its first high-volume front-drivers. Any of its stablemates, such as the Oldsmobile Omega, Buick Skyhawk and Pontiac Phoenix, could have made this list, but the X-11 – the performance version of the Citation – was the most interesting and clearly the best candidate for species preservation via a captive breeding program.



The Hagerty “Extinct” List
Cars originally built in numbers greater than 10,000 that Hagerty insures no examples of

1. 1980 Dodge St. Regis: One of the “lost” cars built during Chrysler’s first flirtation with bankruptcy, the St. Regis was a full-sized, four-door sedan with little to distinguish it other than its occasional service with police departments, which were evidently disappointed with the lack of continued availability of the AMC Matador.

2. 1985-86 Chrysler Laser XE: The Chrysler twin to the Dodge Daytona Turbo Z emphasized luxury, but the 2.2 liter turbo engine produced a bit of performance which was unusual for the era. Chrysler’s mediocre build quality at the time and years of deferred maintenance by owners no doubt accounts for the fact that the car has gone the way of leg warmers, really big hair and Men at Work albums as an ‘80s artifact.

3. 1987 Renault/AMC Alliance Convertible: Truth really was stranger than fiction with the Alliance—a French Renault built in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Consumer magazines of the day were dismayed to find out that the Wisconsinites assembled the cars as indifferently as the French. Still, the convertible was interesting as AMC’s fist drop-top since the 1968. We’re hoping that when somebody cuts their grass for the first time since 1992, one of these will turn up.

4. 1983-86 Isuzu Impulse: The Impulse’s Giugiaro styling caused a sensation when it was introduced at the 1979 Geneva Auto Show as the Isuzu Ace of Clubs concept car. Surprisingly, it went into production almost unaltered. Unfortunately, the best Isuzu could do for underpinnings was an uninspired Chevette-derived chassis. The clay mockup may have handled better. Later versions had chassis tuning by Lotus and more competent handling.

81 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Caro The ginues store called, they’re running out of you. July 14, 2011 at 05:59
    The ginues store called, they’re running out of you.
  • 2
    CRAIG GESKE minneapolis July 18, 2011 at 15:54
    79-80 BUICK Roadhawk version off skyhawk, was not made by BUICK but by another contracted Co. Then sent to dealers directly. Only 18 are known to exist out of little over 1500 cars built, Rare car , I found in salvage yard and have been in full restore mode. I insure it at Hagerty. here is page to rare info http://roadhawk.homestead.com/roadhawk.html There is a full list here to owners, options, and where they are located. about 12 parts cars are known to exist not restorative condition. I never saw one all 80s-90s ever and have been a buick owner and show goer for 25 years.
  • 3
    Gary Lindstrom Wappinger, NY July 18, 2011 at 17:38
    Why start your Chrysler Laser listing with a 1985 and not a 1984? I purchased a new 1984 Chrysler Laser XE. I traded it in on a new 1987 Avanti.
  • 4
    Sagar You raelly found a way to make this whole process easier. July 30, 2011 at 08:37
    You raelly found a way to make this whole process easier.
  • 5
    Hallie Times are changing for the btteer if I can get this online! August 15, 2011 at 23:26
    Times are changing for the btteer if I can get this online!
  • 6
    Titia A good many vlaabules you've given me. September 25, 2011 at 12:19
    A good many vlaabules you've given me.
  • 7
    Magda If you want to get read, this is how you shluod write. October 2, 2011 at 03:56
    If you want to get read, this is how you shluod write.
  • 8
    Turk Whoever edits and puiblsehs these articles really knows what they're doing. January 10, 2012 at 20:58
    Whoever edits and puiblsehs these articles really knows what they're doing.
  • 9
    Bill W. Seattle WA May 19, 2012 at 13:13
    Some of these cars I owned. One I really liked was the Studebaker President my Uncle let me use while I was at LSU 58-62. Its exterior style could go today. The VW CarmanGia I bought new was great. At a later time had a Ferio which was fun. According to some, the reason GM stopped production in 88 was to keep it from becoming the "poor mans Vette" I love my standby 86 300ZX even with 146K it drives like new.
  • 10
    John S Niagara May 19, 2012 at 16:37
    I owned a 72 Dodge Colt which is identical to a 71 cricket. Had it for 12 yrs, put 100,000 miles on 2 motors, blew the first one up when I put in a 1/4 race cam with incorrect valve clearance.At the end the only think holding up the tranny was the driveshaft and motor, everything else was rotted away. Still have lots of photos. Man those reclining seats came in handy .....
  • 11
    Joe Howell Knoxville, Md May 19, 2012 at 19:04
    Loved the article but must defend the Scirrrocos, I had 3 and good examples are still out there loved by their owners. Most fun cars I have ever had for the buck. Ran my purchased new 87 16v for 17 years & 132,000 trouble free miles, just changed the timing belt when due, belt failure would kill the engine:( With fine German fit and finish it still looked like new. Should have never sold it. Had a friend with the Stationaire and thought the sliding roof design was clever. Put a 145,000 miles on my 72 Pinto wagon before rust killed it 20 years later.
  • 12
    Joe Howell Knoxville, Md May 19, 2012 at 19:05
    Loved the article but must defend the Scirrrocos, I had 3 and good examples are still out there loved by their owners. Most fun cars I have ever had for the buck. Ran my purchased new 87 16v for 17 years & 132,000 trouble free miles, just changed the timing belt when due, belt failure would kill the engine:( With fine German fit and finish it still looked like new. Should have never sold it. Had a friend with the Stationaire and thought the sliding roof design was clever. Put a 145,000 miles on my 72 Pinto wagon before rust killed it 20 years later.
  • 13
    Bill Balke Tampa Florida May 19, 2012 at 10:50
    We had a late 70's Pontiac Sunbird---bought it new. It was an awful car. The engine skipped and the service manager said to "beat the hell out of it". After closing the doors only a week or so, the front inside door handles separated from the side of the door. Lots of new cars since then but the last GM.
  • 14
    Martin True San Ramon May 19, 2012 at 11:18
    It is nice to see all the comments on these rare gems. I am restoring a 75 Honda Civic CVCC It's not about the money it is about the pleasure of having an example of something that is disappearing from us. 3/4 of the cars listed were from my high school days which keep's alot of these car's close to my heart.
  • 15
    JohnC Scarborough, ME May 19, 2012 at 11:34
    My first car was a 1952 "Henry J" by Kaiser Motors. A recent search turned up only one worth restoring. A really great car if well equipped (Corsair Deluxe) with the trunk and 6 cyl engine.
  • 16
    Neil Oswego, IL May 19, 2012 at 12:02
    I may well be the only person who feels this way, but I really miss my '83 Olds Firenza station wagon.
  • 17
    Neil Oswego, IL May 19, 2012 at 12:03
    I may well be the only person who feels this way, but I really miss my '83 Olds Firenza station wagon.
  • 18
    Neil Oswego, IL May 19, 2012 at 12:03
    I may well be the only person who feels this way, but I really miss my '83 Olds Firenza station wagon.
  • 19
    Dave NC May 20, 2012 at 20:00
    I have a 1978 Mercury Zephyr wagon........yes a Zephyr wagon.
  • 20
    Chris Blackwell Indy May 20, 2012 at 21:17
    um,mmm..... Pinto....?.... Vega....?
  • 21
    Darryl Louisiana May 20, 2012 at 21:36
    I made 48 payments on the most God-awful miserable car ever designed and built in America: a baby-poop brown (two-toned) 1981 Chevette. I not only pray that the Chevettes are extinct, but would volunteer to operate the crusher to see the last of the miserable excuses for transportation be smelted down for something more useful. The Chevette ruined me for Chevrolet products until I purchased a 2004 Corvette, which has further poisoned me for the brand for another 23 years or so...
  • 22
    Charles Griffiths United States May 21, 2012 at 01:02
    There's a minty-fresh 1984 Chrysler Minivan in the Henry Ford Museum Collection in Dearborn, Michigan.
  • 23
    Tim Crescent, OK United States May 21, 2012 at 01:17
    My 88 Fiero GT very much resents being listed as endangered. It has 138xxx on the clock and is scheduled for a 3800SC / 4T65E-HD conversion very soon.....It is a survivor from California and is much loved!
  • 24
    Tim Crescent, OK United States May 21, 2012 at 01:22
    My 88 Fiero GT very much resents being listed as endangered. It has 138xxx on the clock and is scheduled for a 3800SC / 4T65E-HD conversion very soon.....It is a survivor from California and is much loved!
  • 25
    LUIS PRADO ORLANDO FLORIDA May 21, 2012 at 02:06
    I enyoyed seeing the cars and reading all the car memory comments...the best (3) cars in my life time were all Chevys my first was a 1962 Chevy II two door sedan I brougth in 1968 and my only show room new were my 1970 Chevy Custom Coupe two door with a 350 V/8..400 automatic 8/track am/fm...crager mags..rolled and pleeted gold interior with a deep black exterrior finish.and my last new Chevy was a 1975 Monte carlo..350 automatic am/fm cassett..swival bucket seats..rally wheels..T-Tops dual pipes..all the gages.w/cruise control and power windows..it was black W/whitr vinyl interrior.total cost in July 1975 was $5.695 yelp thats right fifthy six nigthy five..
  • 26
    Rob Florida May 21, 2012 at 16:41
    What about the 85-89 Merkur XR4Ti 2.3L Turbo
  • 27
    Rob Florida May 21, 2012 at 16:42
    What about the 85-89 Merkur XR4Ti 2.3L Turbo
  • 28
    Rob Florida May 21, 2012 at 16:42
    What about the 85-89 Merkur XR4Ti 2.3L Turbo
  • 29
    ray friday meridian,ID May 21, 2012 at 19:09
    I to was a owner of a Plymouth Cricket 4dr had no power but cheap on gas : By Chrysler Motor. Chrysler’s heart was never into selling small car in the U.S. and its dealers were perplexed. Chrysler squashed it just before the energy crisis, You could not to sup them up with there little engine of 132hp Just like the P.T. Cruses no power nice little car with no git-up-and-go only had 150 hp motor and I am a owner of one now .
  • 30
    Kris Virginia May 21, 2012 at 19:25
    LHD American Sold Ford Cortina, lest we forget... :candle:
  • 31
    Kris Virginia May 21, 2012 at 19:27
    LHD American Sold Ford Cortina, lest we forget... :candle:
  • 32
    Kris Virginia May 21, 2012 at 19:30
    LHD American Sold Ford Cortina, lest we forget... :candle:
  • 33
    Kris Virginia May 21, 2012 at 19:33
    LHD American Sold Ford Cortina, lest we forget... :candle:
  • 34
    Ken Minneapolis May 21, 2012 at 07:54
    My first Celica was a 79 Coupe ST it was a fun car to drive and after I sold it I found I wanted another Celica. Many years later I again own a Celica this one a 1985 GTS Convertabile in excellent condition. Any plastic or rubber parts are hard to find but the 22RE is a rock solid engine with great parts availability .
  • 35
    Randy Reese Goshen, IN May 21, 2012 at 08:15
    Should have bought that '61 International Scout I saw on CL! I would be the envy of everyone!!
  • 36
    Randy Reese Goshen, IN May 21, 2012 at 08:16
    Should have bought that '61 International Scout I saw on CL! I would be the envy of everyone!!
  • 37
    Randy Reese Goshen, IN May 21, 2012 at 08:19
    Should have bought that '61 International Scout I saw on CL! I would be the envy of everyone!!
  • 38
    Randy Reese Goshen, IN May 21, 2012 at 08:23
    Should have bought that '61 International Scout I saw on CL! I would be the envy of everyone!!
  • 39
    Bob Spahr Bradenton, Fl May 21, 2012 at 20:37
    How many road worthy 1957 Ford Retractable skyliners exist? 1964 mustang convertables? I have one of each in Florida
  • 40
    john OH May 21, 2012 at 20:43
    Don't forget the Renault Caravelle - great little sporty car for it's time.
  • 41
    Mike Iowa May 21, 2012 at 09:24
    AMC, AMX, Javelin?????
  • 42
    mooseinfmp fmp May 21, 2012 at 09:43
    There is a Chevy X-11 in great shape for sale on Susquehanna St. in Binghamton, NY, next door to the gas station at the corner of Susquehanna and Exchange Sts.
  • 43
    Kevin New York City May 21, 2012 at 21:46
    Gone is the late 1970s Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon, with the notch back (or bussle back). A small trunk by the standards of the 1970s, but designed for style.
  • 44
    seymoure winnipeg, Man. May 21, 2012 at 10:10
    Hey, what about the 1987 Buick LeSabre-2 door Post? Man, what a beauty that was, with it's 3.8 V/6...........Collect this one!
  • 45
    Roberto Vermont May 22, 2012 at 15:14
    Haven't seen an original 73 Honda Civic for a long time. Time was they were as common as muck.
  • 46
    Amelia Wyoming May 22, 2012 at 15:19
    I currently own a 1983 Dodge Mirada. :).
  • 47
    Amelia Wyoming May 22, 2012 at 15:19
    I currently own a 1983 Dodge Mirada. :).
  • 48
    V8 USA May 22, 2012 at 19:18
    I'd say good riddance… save for Corrdoba.
  • 49
    Jim C. Los Angeles, CA May 22, 2012 at 21:25
    Nobody's mentioned the famous AMC Pacer bubble car of Wayne's World fame? Incredible!
  • 50
    PCL Boston May 22, 2012 at 22:23
    I don't understand how anyone could consider the Monza a good looking car. The Vega, from which it was derived, was the best looking American small car of that era; with the Cosworth option, it actually made a respectable sporty coup, sort of an expensie mini-Camero. But the Monza was just strange looking. Neither were useful as people haulers, so it's no surprise GM wasn't taken seriously as a maker of small cars.
  • 51
    Don NH May 22, 2012 at 22:30
    Had a '73 Capri. It was my first car, I bought it in the late '90s. So damn awesome. V6, all factory options except automatic, I could actually work on it myself. Never easier to start up a conversation at the gas pump (don't forget the lead additive).
  • 52
    Mark Indiana May 22, 2012 at 00:24
    What about the 1976/1977 Dodge Aspen R/T Super Coupe with the total police package...360 4bbl...
  • 53
    Mark Indiana May 22, 2012 at 00:26
    What about the 1976/1977 Dodge Aspen R/T Super Coupe with the total police package...360 4bbl...
  • 54
    Mark Indiana May 22, 2012 at 00:30
    What about the 1976/1977 Dodge Aspen R/T Super Coupe with the total police package...360 4bbl...
  • 55
    Eric Nebraska May 23, 2012 at 04:53
    I have a 1980 Chevy Monza 'Spyder' in my garage. Its all original except the wheels. I have owned it for almost 24 years.
  • 56
    Mickey Texas May 23, 2012 at 21:29
    Correction to the Gentleman from Canton MI. The Laser XE was actually the Lux version of the Laser... including Turbo. I have said vehicle in my garage living in an auto cocoon (actually car cover). I found the car in 1986 when I was 11 years old. It was a 1985 model that was a dealer car. Then it was my mother who needed a grocery getter and I like to think I convinced my parents to purchase. I babied this car as a kid, washing it on the weekends. Later in High School, it was the special date car. I remember getting egged one night while driving it on a date with a girl named Amy . I was so pissed she actually got out and helped me clean it up. Anyway, the Laser XE in question has 42000 original miles, leather interior, digital dash with the talking "please close your driver door" computer which has affectionately been referred to as HAL over the last 2.5 decades. The car has always lived indoors and needs a little work, engine seals need replaced as it leaks fluids faster than you can put them in. A project for someday... had it this long, I imagine I will hand it down to my son. It still has the coolest Turbo wind up sound of any car ever. Perhaps I will get the car off the extinct list by getting it running this summer and give Hagerty the business... then again, it is kinda cool reading about it again.
  • 57
    Mickey Texas May 23, 2012 at 21:29
    Correction to the Gentleman from Canton MI. The Laser XE was actually the Lux version of the Laser... including Turbo. I have said vehicle in my garage living in an auto cocoon (actually car cover). I found the car in 1986 when I was 11 years old. It was a 1985 model that was a dealer car. Then it was my mother who needed a grocery getter and I like to think I convinced my parents to purchase. I babied this car as a kid, washing it on the weekends. Later in High School, it was the special date car. I remember getting egged one night while driving it on a date with Amy Shearer. I was so pissed she actually got out and helped me clean it up. Anyway, the Laser XE in question has 42000 original miles, leather interior, digital dash with the talking "please close your driver door" computer which has affectionately been referred to as HAL over the last 2.5 decades. The car has always lived indoors and needs a little work, engine seals need replaced as it leaks fluids faster than you can put them in. A project for someday... had it this long, I imagine I will hand it down to my son. It still has the coolest Turbo wind up sound of any car ever. Perhaps I will get the car off the extinct list by getting it running this summer and give Hagerty the business... then again, it is kinda cool reading about it again.
  • 58
    ThatGuy Aridzona May 23, 2012 at 23:58
    I had a Hagerty my first year in college. The shifter started acting funny, and I sold it to some hi school kid.
  • 59
    mark Florida May 23, 2012 at 12:24
    I spotted an Isuzu Impulse in Twaine Harte California a couple of years ago. It was parked on the street and I took a photograph of it.
  • 60
    Ron United States May 24, 2012 at 00:35
    What about the Chrysler Cordoba?! Seen one of those lately????
  • 61
    Ron United States May 24, 2012 at 00:35
    What about the Chrysler Cordoba?! Seen one of those lately????
  • 62
    Dave Austin May 25, 2012 at 14:05
    I had a silver 76 Celica GT Liftback. It looked more like a Mustang than anything Ford was putting out at the time. I loved it. I put 325000 miles on it and drove it until I destroyed the whole drive train doing a hard down shift in 1992. I bought a silver 2006 Mustang GT in late 2006 mainly because it looked so much like My Celica. Deja Vu all over again.
  • 63
    Dave Austin May 25, 2012 at 14:05
    I had a silver 76 Celica GT Liftback. It looked more like a Mustang than anything Ford was putting out at the time. I loved it. I put 325000 miles on it and drove it until I destroyed the whole drive train doing a hard down shift in 1992. I bought a silver 2006 Mustang GT in late 2006 mainly because it looked so much like My Celica. Deja Vu all over again.
  • 64
    TIM ILLINOIS November 18, 2012 at 00:57
    I WORKED AT A PONTIAC DEALERSHIP IN MY HOME STATE AND BOUGHT A NEW FIERO IN 84 WHEN THEY FIRST CAME OUT. I HAD TO WAIT 6 MONTHS BECAUSE MINE WAS PAINTED BLACK. WHITE AND RED WERE PLENTIFUL BUT BKACK TOOK A WHILE .28 YRS LATER I STILL HAVE HER . SHE'S NOT REAL PRETTY BUT SHE GOT A NEW MOTOR AT 181,000 MILES. MY SON DRIVES A 1988 SE WITH THE 4 CYL AND 5 SPD 37 MILES PER GAL. FUN CARS. IM THE GUY THEY CALL ABT THESE CARS. HAD TO GO TO GM SCHOOL BEFORE DEALER COULD GET THEM
  • 65
    Greg Nasville area November 19, 2012 at 09:43
    I had a 1972 Mercury Capri in high school (early 1980's). When I got it it already had over 100k miles on it. It had the 4 cylinder engine and an automatic. Slugish to say the least!! I only drove it about 6 months and by then the engine was so shot it had a black smoke cloud behind everywhere I drove adn I had to add oil almost daily! lol!! My next high school car was a 1976 Datsun 200sx, also a somehwat rare care. It was fun to drive and I kept it into college before an accident totaled it due to lack of available parts.
  • 66
    neil ontario canada January 17, 2013 at 16:07
    Hagerty insures my 77 celica...thanks for that!
  • 67
    DeserTBoB CA June 9, 2013 at 16:05
    The early Celicas were garbage...pure and simple. Bad engine (18 R-C with frying exhaust valves and other problems), sloppy, overrubberized driveline, chintzy interior. I know all too well...my dad had two of them, the '73 of which was passed down to my sister. Working on them was NEVER fun, as Toy-OEM parts are notoriously overpriced. Toy even today is gussied-up junk, but people fall for it every time. "Unintended accelleration", anyone? Worst car Toy ever made? Try the 1971 CROWN! 101 were built with left-hand drive to be sold in the US as part of a "collusion" deal with Nissan, and my family had one! WORST car EVER.
  • 68
    SteveW Florida June 12, 2013 at 15:18
    Some of the cars you mention may not be as rare as you think. Why would you insure a rusty '70's or '80's heap with Hagarty. Most are likely covered by Bob's Insurance World type agencies. For instance, there are probably more Citation X11's out there, I know of one here in the small town I live in. Don't think anyone mentioned the Renault Fuego either. Probably rarer and more collectable than the Mazda RX-2 was the RX-3SP with factory stripe kit. There are many more cars eligible for the endangered and threatened list.
  • 69
    Rochelle San Francisco June 12, 2013 at 16:04
    My first car was a 1974 Dodge Colt 4dr that I could get out of and run faster than it drove. Sold it for $500 one Saturday after about 6 months. Then I had a 1977 Toyota Celica I adored, except when the neutral switch for the tranny went out & my Dad had to install a bypass switch so I could start it. It later got totalled by a drunk driver while parked infront of my parent's house. I then bought a 1983 Supra in 1992 from the original owner who had lowered it by 3" and installed an aluminum exhaust, Tokiko shocks and Eibach springs - that thing was like velcro on the road! Great 6 speed manual transmission. Had to sell THAT when I was pregnant with my twins 12 years ago - you could not get 1, much less 2 carseats into the backseat. :o( Wish daily I still had that little road rocket! My Mom also had 2 different Fiat 124 convertibles (a '74 & a '78) when I was in high school - our Great Dane used to love riding around with her and would sit in the passenger seat and look over the windshield when the top was down. My Dad had both those Fiats running absolutely perfectly!
  • 70
    Patrick Lynch Paris, Kentucky June 12, 2013 at 20:46
    Hagerty insures my 1968 Plymouth Fury VIP fast top, but doesn't currently insure my 1979 Dodge St. Regis which should be every bit as 'endangered" as the 1980 model on the list. The remarks about it in the article I thought were a bit uncalled for as my St. Regis has been one of the most reliable cars I've ever owned in spite of the era it was built in. Granted the styling is not particularly glamourous compared to my Fury VIP but this car has always gotten the job done and outlasted the cars that were meant to relieve it from daily driver status. It currently has 246,000 miles on it. I'm hoping to get the body work done and repaint it soon.
  • 71
    Matt cali July 30, 2013 at 23:02
    Quite a fee years ago my cousin and I stumbled upon an early 80s toyota station wagon with a straight axle under the front and since then have not seen or heard of another. I'm curios if anyone might know something about it
  • 72
    joe w pa. September 24, 2013 at 19:36
    why is the 85 riveria convertible,of which only 400 were made not included as being rare?
  • 73
    Marty Moorhead,MN November 8, 2013 at 22:58
    I have an 89 NISSAN SENTRA WAGON XE AWD. And can't find anything about it or no picturs other than mine. They came standard with five speed and the option of the 3spd auto. And I have the 3spd which makes it more rare. Can any tell me something other than its rare. Or very super rare. Nissan of North America quote " it's obsolete "
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    CJ central indiana November 9, 2013 at 09:31
    1975 Chevy Cosworth Vega here...for sale too.
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    jaybird usa December 2, 2013 at 19:48
    all are piles except the Impulse .
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    Pete Montreal,,, Canada,, January 4, 2014 at 17:37
    I've seen the renault alliance convertible and the Daytona-Z. Here in Quebec Canada,,, so they are not extinct yet! I also own an citation XS wich is in the Endangered list.
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    JB Idahoastan January 14, 2014 at 13:16
    I'd be curious to know how many '74 Mustangs you insure. I saw an abandoned one 10 years ago and had to think how long it'd been since I had seen one. Another oddball car from the era was the Renault "Le Car". They used to have these stupid commercials showing some guy who had one in Alaska and felt the car was the best one you could possibly have in Alaska. Sounded staged to me. Re: Mazda, I remember someone with a new Mazda pickup about 1975. They had a huge "Rotary Power" emblem stamped on the tailgate in 6-inch-high letters of their rig. Haven't seen one of those lately....the recent Mazda pickups don't seem to have that at all on their tailgates.
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    Mike California January 15, 2014 at 18:26
    Not as extinct as you might think...1980 Dodge St. Regis Just found one for sale right on ebay in pretty good shape!
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    Glen Charlottesville April 9, 2014 at 13:34
    The reason almost all the these cars were crushed is that almost no-one cares about them. They are girly cars and not worth saving!!! Rarity does NOT equal value. Show me a barn find Torino, Mustang fastback, GTO, Chevelle....etc then you'll get my heart beating. If you want to talk about something different and rare... a little different and maybe worth going after...try why not talk about a olds toronado front wheel drive with super rocket engine...425 ci and first front wheel drive in 68' or maybe a 63 riviera...stylish, powerful ..etc
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    Dana Parkhurst United States April 9, 2014 at 09:42
    i saw a cricket in new condition at a junk yard, The owner had acquired it from an uncle that passed away. it wouldn't start and it was difficult to sell so he junked it. The interior was already gone but the milage was close to none and still included the safety glass sticker and emissions sticker on the drivers side window. I attempted to purchase the thing but was informed the only way would be to parts it out there and remove it per piece as per NY state. they eventually crushed it. The bumpers were still new.
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    Bill K Long Island NY April 9, 2014 at 12:26
    My first car was a 1982 Dodge Challenger. I have searched high and low on the internet and still cannot find one... Mine was like new at 12 years old and over 200,000 miles....

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