5 issues: That is what traditional automobiles might appear to be in the event that they have been constructed right this moment

While there are a number of car license plates that have lasted for more than two or three decades, many more have fallen by the wayside, making way for new, different, and arguably more popular models.

However, some took a sabbatical, like the Toyota Supra or the Dodge Challenger, and celebrated triumphant comebacks for a few years – or sometimes decades – at the brand’s junkyard.

We’ve all thought about it – what if those old, retired makes and models came back as brand new models for 2021? Thankfully someone at Budget Direct is way better than us at Photoshop and imagined a few outdated cars as if they were being built today.

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Pontiac firebird

The original Pontiac Firebird was eclipsed by the Camaro, but it's still an all-time classic.

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The original Pontiac Firebird was eclipsed by the Camaro, but it’s still an all-time classic.

The Pontiac Firebird is pretty iconic on its own, and it’s pretty difficult to redesign an old muscle car and bring it out different from the current crop of Mustangs, Challengers, and Camaros.

It's a Firebird so it must have the eagle on the hood.

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It’s a Firebird so it must have the eagle on the hood.

However, Budget Direct avoided retro styling cues here – and avoided simply renaming a Camaro – and this one gets a super aggressive grille, angry eyes, a massive hood mount, and thick clubs. Of course, the power comes from a big old American V8.

Holden Torana

Holden's Torana is an undisputed and popular classic.

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Holden’s Torana is an undisputed and popular classic.

How about the Holden Torana for something closer to home? With the ’76 LX Torana as a baseline, Budget Direct went a little crazy to create a modern Torana with a leaner, more muscular shape that totally defied the temptation to go retro with it. And boy, it looks good, with big Knight Rider vibes.

Knight Rider when Kitt is based on a Torana.

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Knight Rider when Kitt is based on a Torana.

The wheels are likely a little big, but the wraparound fenders and massive hood scoop give it a steadfast stance. It would probably look better as a two-door.

Hudson Hornet

The Hudson Hornet has a great name, looks great, and starred in a Pixar movie.  What more do you need?

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The Hudson Hornet has a great name, looks great, and starred in a Pixar movie. What more do you need?

One of the coolest best name cars from the 1950s was the Hudson Hornet. It had a unique step-down chassis design with a lower center of gravity, making it one of the handiest vehicles of its time.

Fortunately, this rendering retained the covered rear wheels from the original Hornet.

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Fortunately, this rendering retained the covered rear wheels from the original Hornet.

The “pontoon styling” of the original Hornet is still in the modern version, especially in the rear with the fantastic hidden rear wheels. It also has a windshield, ridiculously long hood, and chrome detailing all around.

Pontiac Fiero

The Pontiac Fiero could have been great.  But it wasn't.

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The Pontiac Fiero could have been great. But it wasn’t.

The Pontiac Fiero was almost a cult classic, if it weren’t for the exploding engines and poor performance. But it looks cool! GM also made almost a second generation, which ended up donating much of its design to the fourth generation Firebird.

The reborn Pontiac Fiero looks almost like a modernized Ferrari 288 GTO ...

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The reborn Pontiac Fiero looks almost like a modernized Ferrari 288 GTO …

Budget Direct has taken this form and made it leaner. It now has a lower silhouette with a wraparound windshield that gives it a strong Lancia Stratos vibe, a longer bonnet and a hatch-like rear glass. And instead of hidden headlights, it got a permanent eye area and a distinctive chin spoiler.

Reliable Robin

Robin Reliant was the target of Mr. Bean's anger and Jeremy Clarkson's derision.

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Robin Reliant was the target of Mr. Bean’s anger and Jeremy Clarkson’s derision.

The Reliant Robin, an odd three-wheeled British car, is probably best known for its two iconic television appearances, first for being the target of Mr. Bean’s aggressive driving, and second for being repeatedly rollover on BBC’s Top Gear (though this one uses a welded differential to prevent rollover guarantee).

This strange space capsule is actually a three-wheeled Reliant Robin.

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This strange space capsule is actually a three-wheeled Reliant Robin.

The new version looks a bit like a space capsule, but is extremely aerodynamic and (theoretically) less prone to rollover. We could imagine that it would also have to run on electricity.

Daewoo Matiz

No, the Daewoo Matiz is definitely not a classic.  And should definitely not make a comeback ...

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No, the Daewoo Matiz is definitely not a classic. And should definitely not make a comeback …

I bet you didn’t see this coming, did you? The Daewoo Matiz is a cute little eco hook, but with a few tricks it turns into a pretty stylish city car. There’s a bigger windshield and a more aggressively sloping hood to give it a lower, sportier stance, along with a fun new grille.

Do you fancy a new inner-city speedster?

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Do you fancy a new inner-city speedster?

With angular body lines and a redesigned facade with elongated headlights and familiar details, the modern Matiz looks good enough to rival other super minis.

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