The Most Underrated And Underappreciated Cars Ever Made

Not every car gets the reception and sales that it deserves at the time it enters the showroom, and some end up languishing in an undeserved obscurity for many years until their virtue is finally rediscovered.

Hopefully, by that point there will still be enough original parts left for engine rebuilds should they need them.

Whether it is due to bad timing, unfortunate reception or the weight of expectations crushing them, here are some of the most underrated car models ever sold.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Almost any Alfa Romeo could be added to this list, as part of the experience of owning an Alfa Romeo car is falling in love with the beautiful styling, embracing the incredibly enjoyable way it drives, ignoring the price tag, forgetting about the huge depreciation issues and finally taking it to a garage when it inevitably breaks down.

The Alfa Romeo 4C was this entire journey distilled to its base elements. It was beautiful, drove very well in the right circumstances and was utterly unbearable in others with particularly prickly turbo lag issues. All for a price higher than the Porsche 718 Cayman.

Still, for those who knew of the joy of an Alfa Romeo, none of that mattered.

Mitsubishi GTO/3000GT

When people are asked about the best high-performance Japanese car of the 1990s, whilst there will be a range of answers, most people will gravitate towards the Mazda RX-7, the Nissan 300ZX or the Nissan Skyline.

However, people often forget a car that was more advanced, easier to drive and faster than all of these examples is the Mitsubishi 3000GT, also known as the GTO.

Part of the reason for this is that the advanced four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, twin-turbocharged V6 engine and all manner of advanced electronic aids made the car supremely expensive and therefore unsuccessful outside of Japan.

However, this also makes it the epitome of a hidden gem today, particularly for people willing to brave the import market and get a Japanese right-hand drive model.

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