Almost everyone has fond memories of their first cars, or the cars of their childhood. Usually, these hulks are remembered as being better than they really were. If memory serves you right, they were faster, better built, or more beautiful than anything on the road today. Nostalgia is a powerful thing, and nobody knows that better than car companies, who are constantly looking for new ways to sell that feeling to customers. It’s one of the reasons why the Mazda Miata is so successful. Ditto with the Volkswagen New Beetle in the 1990s, and the Ford Mustangs of the last decade or so.
But catching lightning in a bottle like this is incredibly rare, and there’s never been a proven formula for it. Many automakers (especially about a decade ago) tried their hand at retro-styled cars, and most have failed, sometimes with spectacular results – just look at the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevy HHR.
But it’s especially dangerous when automakers attempt to revive some of their most iconic designs and nameplates for new these new models. Not only will a sales flop look bad for the company, but it has the potential to tarnish the legacy of a classic model too. With that in mind, here are six recent classic revivals that if they’re remembered at all, it probably won’t be with nostalgia.