15 Classic Cars With Terrible Resale Value


Welcome to a journey through the graveyard of classic cars. While some vintage beauties appreciate over time, others, unfortunately, plummet into obscurity and become essentially worthless. Buckle up as we check out 15 classic cars that have lost their sparkle in the market.

Ford Pinto


The Ford Pinto was the dream of budget-conscious drivers in the 1970s. However, its infamous tendency to catch fire damaged its appeal. Nowadays, finding an undisturbed Pinto is quite rare, and its value remains pretty low.

Chevrolet Vega


While it promised stellar fuel economy and a zippy ride, the Chevy Vega ultimately disappointed with egregious rust issues and a penchant for engine fires. Sadly, even pristine Vegas can barely fetch a couple of grand at auction these days.

AMC Gremlin


An acquired taste, to put it mildly, the weird, truncated AMC Gremlin’s funky styling and dubious build quality have relegated most to the automotive scrap heap of history. Don’t expect to retire on the proceeds if you happen to own one.

Cadillac Cimarron

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Marketed as a luxury compact car, the 1985 Cadillac Cimarron failed to live up to the Cadillac name, earning criticism for its lackluster performance and cheap interior. As a result, it’s become one of the most depreciated classic cars on the market, with prices plummeting to rock-bottom levels.

Pontiac Aztek

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The Pontiac Aztek’s courageous attempt at blending SUV ruggedness with sport compact flair should’ve stayed on the drawing board. Azteks are so dirt cheap nowadays you’d likely have to pay someone to haul one away.

Yugo GV


No list of worthless classic cars would be complete without mentioning the infamous 1986 Yugo GV. Hailed as the cheapest car in America at the time, the Yugo gained a reputation for its poor build quality and unreliability. Today, it’s regarded as one of the worst cars ever made, with values reflecting its dismal reputation.

The AMC Pacer


Remember the AMC Pacer, with its unique bubble-like design? While it may have turned heads in the ’70s, it’s more likely to elicit chuckles than admiration today. The Pacer has become a forgotten footnote in classic car lore with its odd shape and lackluster performance.

Pontiac Firebird

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When it was released in 1982, the 1982 Pontiac Firebird captured the hearts of enthusiasts with its sleek lines and powerful engines. Unfortunately, the Firebird’s value has depreciated as newer, more advanced models have taken the spotlight. Today, you can find these once-mighty machines for a fraction of their original price.

The Pontiac Fiero


In the ’80s, the Pontiac Fiero, with its mid-engine layout, promised to revolutionize the sports car scene. Sadly, it fell short of expectations, plagued by reliability issues and lackluster performance. While it may hold nostalgic appeal for some, the Fiero’s value remains stagnant at best.


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Ford Motor Company invested substantial capital into developing and marketing the Edsel brand in the late 1950s, but it became a commercial failure almost immediately. Finding an unmolested Edsel on the road today is extraordinarily rare, and its value is pretty low.

Chevrolet Corvair

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Chevrolet billed the rear air-cooled Corvair as an innovative compact capable of taking the fight to affordable European imports of the 1960s. Its propensity for severe handling issues at speed doomed this pioneer, with examples today being largely worthless relics.

Ford Mustang II

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When fuel crisis panic led Ford to downsize its iconic pony car into the underwhelming Mustang II, the result was tragically underwhelming. Sure, they’re easy to find, but who wants to own a vehicle that is a shadow of its former self and pretty much valueless?

Hudson Jet


The compact 1950s Hudson Jet promised “Massive Roominess” despite its diminutive dimensions. However, its meager six-cylinder power and inability to deliver on interior space claims hamstrung this ambition, rendering existing units virtually worthless.

Oldsmobile Toronado

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The Oldsmobile Toronado sought to blend American luxury accommodations with sporty European design flair when it arrived in the 1960s. But while daring in its avant-garde style, it proved mechanically fussy and expensive to operate over time, leaving its futuristic looks as the only redeeming quality decades later.

Chrysler TC by Maserati


This unharmonious Italian-American mashup, the 1980s Chrysler TC by Maserati, attempted to blend European performance heritage with attainable domestic pricing. Unfortunately, chintzy build quality and lackluster driving dynamics scuppered its chances, leaving it mostly forgotten as a failed experiment decades later.

Written by Devin J