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Cars that were raised from their graves – including the time-defying DeLorean

Category : Kia , Lamborghini , Motors , News

TO MARK Halloween, Autocar has put together a compilation of cars that were once killed off, but brought back to life by either the same or different manufacturer.
Most of these classics have now been buried once and for all, but we’ve picked out a selection to re-visit beyond the grave.
The Lotus Elan was revived as the M100 in the 1990s and also re-badged as a KiaLotus
The Lotus Elan was technically pioneering with its lightweight chassis – the British manufacturer reinvented the model several times over itself, including the Series 2 spec seen above.
Having first launched in the 1960s, it was also revived as the M100 in the 1990s following General Motors takeover.
Kia was sold the rights to the Elan by LotusKia
Further to that, the Elan was later re-badged as a Kia after Lotus sold them the rights to the car.
The Korean manufacturer made little changes to the model, with probably the most notable new feature being different rear headlights.
The Morris Oxford Series III wasn’t a massive hit in the UKPhotographed by Simon GP Geoghegan, April 2007
Morris’s Oxford Series III wasn’t a hit in the UK, having been overshadowed by its successor the Farina in 1959 and, also released in the same year, the original Mini.
However, outside of the UK the car built the basis of motoring icon.
India’s taxi, the Hindustan Ambassador, only went out of production in 2014Hindustan
It was developed into the Hindustan Ambassador – famous for being used as taxis in India for decades.
The Ambassador only went out of production in 2014 – and remained largely unchanged from the original Series III.
US-specced DeLorean speedometers stopped at 85mph – but fear not, Marty, the car’s top speed was actually around 110mphNewspress
Only 8,583 DoLoreans were built in Northern Ireland before the company closed down.
In reality, the car was close to a mechanical shambles, but fictionally, the DeLorean is a time-travelling masterpiece.
US-based DMC plans to make 300 new models after a new law passes that allows motors over 25 years old to be replicated in small batches.
Only 53 Lamborghini Silhouette models were madeLamborghini
Lamborghini’s Silhouette was itself an evolution of the Urraco. Only 53 were ever made from 1976 to 1979, as well as two prototypes.
The final model to roll of the production line was also used to create a prototype of the supercar maker’s Jalpa.
You could say the Lamborghini Jalpa has a very familiar SilhouetteLamborghini
When the Mimram brothers took over Lamborghini in 1980, they built 420 Jalpa models – making it one of the best-selling models.
It was the last Lamborghini to feature a V8 engine since production ended in 1988.
The Lotus Seven was Wolverine’s choice of carLotus
This lightweight wonder was a game-changer when it launched in 1957. It was available in a range of models to cater for speed demons up and down the country until the mid-70s.
And a little-known fact for those motor enthusiasts who are looking to dress up this Halloween – the Lotus Seven was driven by Wolverine in the Marvel comics.
The super-lightweight Seven lives on thanks to CaterhamCaterham
We can rejoice knowing this open-air speedster is still on the market today under Caterham.
There’s still a huge range of options to choose from, as well as an exclusive Signature service for those who want an added touch of personalisation.

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