Remember superlatives in high school? Sally was "most fashion-conscious," Johnny was "most athletic," and Billy was "most likely to succeed."
I was voted "most opinionated."
I can't help it. I form very strong opinions about things, especially cars, and when I was in grade school, I formed opinions about cars, some of which I wanted more than my own lungs, and some of which I thought should be burned to the ground.
I didn't know it at the time, but I was also subconsciously forming opinions about which cars would be main articles in the history books of the automobile, and which cars would become mere footnotes.
Quite a few of my opinions were right - the 2nd-gen Lexus GS built from 1997 to 2004 was a bona-fide sport sedan from a Japanese luxury brand that could actually compete with the Europeans, and the fact that I still see them running and driving on a daily basis tells me that people still appreciate them enough to keep up on their maintenance so they can continue to enjoy them and the impact they had.
But some of my opinions have been wrong, too.
The list above contains 5 cars that, against my projections, just weren't special enough for their owners to fight for them in the never-ending battle against obsolescence.
Also, check out my other article about my errors in judgment about the expected lifespan of automobiles, 5 cars that I'm surprised I still see.
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