Lemons – A to Z Challenge

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

When life gives you lemon cars, avoid them like the plague

We’ve all heard about them. We’ve seen and owned some of them. Lemon cars. Cars that you buy and have great expectations for, but are soon found to be defective not long after.

Lemon cars are great pitfalls in the design of automobiles but can be seen as the precursor to the standardization of most cars today. What was once a lemon then is probably a breathy mint now.

I’ve witnessed some lemon cars in my lifetime, mainly as a spectator to my parents’ troubles. From the defective rear bumper of a Ford Taurus to an old Oldsmobile that always leaked water.

Some lemon cars from 1899 to the present:

1899 Horsey Horseless – tried to hold onto the past, at least half of it

1909 Ford Model T

1911 Overland OctoAuto – two many wheels

1913 Scripps-Booth Bi-Autogo

1920 Briggs and Stratton Flyer

1933 Fuller Dymaxion – the aluminum “fish” car

1949 Crosley Hotshot

1957 King Midget Model III

1958 Lotus Elite

1961 Amphicar

Peel Trident

1966 Peel Trident – what the Jetsons would drive

1970 AMC Gremlin

1970 Triumph Stag

1971 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron Two-Door Hardtop

1971 Ford Pinto

1974 Jaguar XK-E V12 Series III

1975 Bricklin SV1 – The Lego car

1975 Morgan Plus 8 Propane – a car that Hank Hill would be proud of

1976 Aston Martin Lagonda

1980 Corvette 305 “California”

1981 De Lorean DMC-12 – one of the most iconic cars in movies, otherwise it is junk

1982 Camaro Iron Duke

1984 Maserati Biturbo

1985 Yugo GV

1986 Lamborghini LM002

2000 Ford Excursion

2001 Pontiac Aztek – Walter White

2003 Hummer H2 – all muscle on the outside, no value on the inside

2004 Chevy SSR – I remember the funny commercials for this

2006 Subaru Outback

2007 Pontiac Solstice

2015 Cadillac XTS

A to Z Challenge 2016

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Author: Macbofisbil

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