Everyone has their favorite car from the numerous defunct brands that have gone out of business. From the Pontiac Firebird to the Saab 9-5, there are some interesting cars out there for those still pining for those who have left us. Brands like Pontiac, Saab, Yugo, Scion, Plymouth and Eagle are no longer with us, but their products still exist. There are so many that I tried to figure what sort of criteria that I should use to find them, and it occurred to me: do they pass the Cars & Coffee test? Could you turn up to your local C&C and get someone to snap a picture of it? So here are my five favorite cool cars from defunct brands that pass the C&C test for sale here on Autotrader!
2010 Saab 9-5 Aero XWD Sedan – $11,999
I was tempted to start this section with the Saab 9-2X, but I felt it wise not to mess with Saab purists. I had a 9-2X and I felt that it gave Saab a fun, reliable small wagon that still had some quirks. Alas, I went with something from the end of Saab’s era, the 9-5 sedan. This particular offering is a 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero XWD Sedan. That means it’s got the 6-cylinder turbo and AWD, and personally, I think it’s a looker. The final 9-5 was a dramatic design and I always felt like they ended on a high note. If you want to experience some of the Saab quirkiness, head over to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to check out this 9-5 offered for just under $12,000. Find a Saab 9-5 for sale
2000 Isuzu VehiCROSS – $6,995
Isuzu Motors America discontinued the sale of passenger vehicles in the United States effective January 31, 2009. Over the years, they produced quite a bit of different vehicles for the North American market, but none quite as cool and weird as the VehiCROSS. They don’t come up for sale too often, but this 2000 VehiCROSS painted in lovely Dragon Green Mica will surely be one of the coolest things at Cars & Coffee — and it can be yours for just under $7,000. So cruise on over to the Internet Car Lot in Omaha, Nebraska, and take a look. I dig it. Find an Isuzu VehiCROSS for sale
1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am – $17,999
Oh baby, check out this one! That’s straight out of the 1990s, and I particularly appreciate the Nashville Speed Shop’s backdrop for the photo shoot. This 1999 Firebird Trans Am looks the business and is ready for your local iteration of C&C (Radwood?). Believe it or not, prices on this generation Firebird and its F-body cousin the Chevrolet Camaro, have been rising. You can easily find special models like this “Collectors Edition” in the $30,000 to $50,000 range, and generally well-preserved Firebirds are consistently in the $20,000 and up realm. That’s why I liked this cool white Trans Am offered at $17,999 with 75,944 miles. Find a Pontiac Firebird for sale
2000 Plymouth Prowler – $22,500
OK, hear me out here. I know the Prowler was never quite seen as “cool” in the enthusiast community, but I still think that it passes the C&C test. As long as you don’t stand behind it in a Plymouth shirt and think that it’s something it isn’t, it’s an interesting anecdote in the history of the modern automobile that I think people would appreciate looking at up close. I had a friend recently note that his wife was looking to spend under $30,000 for a 2-seat convertible that isn’t common — something that was different than what everyone else had. The Prowler was her front-runner, and I’ll admit it took me a while to come up with alternatives.
This 2000 Prowler has had its goofy bumper like appendages removed, and it looks like a proper hot rod, even if the 6-cylinder engine and 4-speed automatic never quite lived up to the image. Go get a Prowler, maybe one with the “Prower trailer” as a tow-behind, and live your best life! This one is in Houston for $22,500, and it’s one of the cheaper options in the U.S. Find a Plymouth Prowler for sale
2012 Fisker Karma EcoStandard – $35,990
As reported right here on Oversteer over a year ago, the Fisker Karma is getting pretty cheap. Whether it’s any good is subjective, but it’s certainly a head-turner and one of the more unique cars you could end up with from a defunct brand. There are a bunch of them for sale here on Autotrader, but this one is an “EcoStandard RWD 1-Speed Automatic Q-Drive — Dual 150kW Electric Drive Motors.” Did you get all of that? It’s painted in something called “Deep Ocean,” and personally I think it’s quite an attractive car. I’d prefer the rebooted version with the LS V8, but this is still pretty cool. You’ll need $35,990 for this one in Indianapolis, Indiana, if it’s your cup of electric tea. Find a Fisker Karma for sale
So, those are my favorite Cars & Coffee approved options from defunct brands that you can find right here on Autotrader. There are dozens more that popped into my head, post your favorites below or via whatever social media platform you might be reading this on.