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Comeback Cars: Reimagining Icons and Pivotal Motors of the Past

They say all good things must come to an end. Even those at the height of their powers one day hit a wall. Think Manchester United and Myspace, but also motors.

Ever-changing trends and tech mean no car is irreplaceable, especially in a world trying to go green. But, if Aston Martin’s long-awaited return to Formula 1 says one thing, it’s that there can be a way back from the brink.

Inspired by the automaker’s first F1 appearance in over 60 years, we’ve handpicked a few other classic and pivotal models and imagined what their comeback might look like.

The Ford Cortina: a British cult classic

No matter which way you look at it, the Ford Cortina cannot be deemed anything other than a success – whether by sales, your parents’ memories of being chauffeured about in one as a kid, or its lasting legacy on TV and film through the likes of Life on Mars.

Despite going for two decades straight, its popularity endured, and it was Britain’s bestselling car in the two years before production ceased in ’82. In all, 2.8 million of them were sold in the UK.

Our new-age Cortina, which we’re dreaming would be released on the 40th anniversary of the final model next year, takes inspiration from the original and also Ford’s more recent Mustang and Mustang Mach-E.

Aston Martin makes the F1 grid for the first time since 1960

To honour the British brand’s return to the pinnacle of circuit racing, with Lance Stroll and former F1 champion Sebastian Vettel at the wheel, it made total sense to reimagine the last Aston to feature.

We’ve honoured the DBR5 single-seater, last seen on an F1 grid in 1960, as a modern roadster with room for two. Similar to the original, our model is also lightweight but with wheels that are incorporated into the shell of the car for more suitability to the open road.

The reg plate is mounted on the bonnet to give a clear view of that enormous grille, an Aston Martin trademark, while it’s beautifully finished with a set of alloys borrowed from the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera special edition.

Three decades since Lancia wiped the floor of the World Rally Championship

Next year also marks 35 years since the Lancia Delta torched the 1987 World Rally Championship. Despite stiff competition from the likes of Audi, a rally legend itself, the Italian maker took both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles, winning the latter by a ridiculous 58 points.

Our remake stays true to the straight-line styling of the original, but throws in some modern tech and nods to the rally version of the Delta, through the alloys and Martini blue lines.

The General Motors EV1 inspired Elon Musk

Many see Tesla as one of the main drivers behind the switch to electric, but according to Elon Musk himself, some credit lies with a long-forgotten electric vehicle from another manufacturer.

The Tesla CEO claimed on Twitter that he started the company after General Motors kiboshed their EV1, a model from the 90s that showed promising signs for EV uptake. We’ve returned the favour via reverse engineering, with our ‘General Motors EVX’ taking some design inspiration from the California carmaker.

With the never-ending supply and demand of SUVs, we imagined a born-again EV1 would take the form of a sporty off-roader. Performance-wise, it gets a set of aerodynamic alloys to aid the car’s range.

The Jaguar E-type turns 60

Jaguar’s god-tier E-type, called the ‘the most beautiful car ever made’ by none other than Enzo Ferrari, turned 60 years old this March.

We’ll not come close to the original, but we were too interested to see how a 2021 version would look. It keeps the same long bonnet and sleek lines, but with Jaguar’s more recent approach to engineering through the electric C-X75 supercar concept.

We also worked in the signature full-width chrome bar and bonnet vents, and a modern take on the E-type’s crossed alloys and white-rimmed tyres that are found on some restomods.

Give us your take on the reimagined classics below and bookmark the Car Lease Special Offers blog for more automotive news and features.



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