For the last decade or so, retro has been “in.” Retro cars have been coming out by the dozen, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down, with the new Lincoln Continental trying to recapture the brand’s former glory, and the new Volkswagen Microbus concept cruisin’ around at Pebble Beach. Most retro cars are done very well (Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro) or at least pretty well (Toyota FJ Cruiser, the aforementioned Lincoln Continental), but some retro cars just aren’t quite up to the task of carrying on their fabled name.
1. 1990s Cadillac Eldorado
Although the final-generation Cadillac Eldorado isn’t technically a “retro” car in the sense that it brought back an old name, it certainly didn’t do the storied “Eldorado” nameplate many favors when it debuted in the early 1990s. While earlier Eldorado models were basically a celebration of Cadillac excess with a luxurious 2-door that featured opulent styling, the 1990s Eldorado was toned down and muted compared to the brand’s past. Hardly an Eldorado worthy of the Eldorado name, there were no fins, no giant chrome bumpers and no other expressions of opulence. The Eldorado died in 2002 and hasn’t been seen since.