14 Cars We're Glad Made a Comeback

We're grateful these icons weren't left to the history books.

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The originals may have been discontinued, but these revivals of famous names capture the magic of the previous models, picking up where they left off and adding some modern flair. Here are some of the best, according to you.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia

The last time America saw the name Giulia on a new car, President Gerald Ford had just taken office. In 2016, Alfa Romeo returned with its first rear-wheel drive sedan in decades, and we love it.

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Ford Ranger

Ford stopped selling the Ranger in 2011, but now it'll be back for 2019. The company announced its return earlier this year. Though we're not getting the hardcore Raptor version, we still can't wait to drive it.

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Aston Martin Lagonda

Though it isn't nearly as boxy as its predecessor, the new Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf is a welcome return of the Lagonda nameplate. Sold in incredibly limited numbers and priced at over $1 million each, it has the luxury and intimidating looks to match.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

We've known for a while now that Ford is planning a new GT500, and we got our first glimpse at the finished product via a leaked picture on Instagram. If it's as wild to drive as the last GT500, it's going to be one hell of a time.

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Tesla Roadster

The original Roadster was Tesla's first car, a heavily re-engineered Lotus Elise powered solely by electricity. The new one, though, is an entirely different beast. The company promises it will be the quickest road car to 60 mph ever, and have a top speed of 250 mph.

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When the second cheapest car on the list is the most powerful, you've got a heck of a deal on your hands. Dodge took the muscle car game to the next level with the 707-hp Challenger and Charger Hellcat.

 The Charger Hellcat is actually the fastest sedan in the world with a top speed of 204 mph. It's a lot cheaper than an M5, too.
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Dodge Challenger

The world went decades without a Challenger after the first-generation car ceased production in the 1970s. The new one debuted in 2008 with retro looks and the muscle car power to back it up. Dodge has even made one as a purpose-built drag car. That's pretty cool.

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Acura NSX

Honda teased us for years about a new NSX, and when it finally arrived, it won our 2017 Performance Car of the Year award. The new car is a far cry from the lightweight, simplistic machine Senna famously flung around on a track with loafers, but we still love the way it drives.

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Alpine A110

No, the new Alpine isn't coming to America. But that doesn't mean we're not happy to see it alive and well. European outlets have had overwhelmingly positive experiences with the car so far, giving us hope that one day Alpine might make take on the daunting task of selling a car in the US.

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Ford GT

One of the most anticipated cars of this year is the 2017 Ford GT. It's said to cost $400,000—by no means a humble price. But when you consider the GT's historical ties, and what an utter beast the previous generation 2005 Ford GT was, the cost suddenly starts to make a little more sense. The GT will be powered by a twin-turbo V6, and it's a rather nasty-sounding one at that. In a good way. And like the original GT40, the only reason this one exists is so it can go racing. That's the most exciting part.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

The GT350 was the winner of our 2016 Performance Car of the Year, with an exotic flat-plane crank V8 as its heart and soul. Dead since 1970, we called the GT350 "more Stuttgart than Detroit." The engine is a 5.2-liter, 526-hp monster that revs high enough for heaven to answer. The original GT350 name was a title for a car that could annihilate the competition at a fraction of the price. The new GT350 does just that, which means we have the makings of yet another collector car.

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Chevrolet Camaro

Tightened up and smoothed over from the previous generation, the Camaro is worth mentioning because the previous generation broke an eight-year Camaro hiatus from our roads. The Mustang/Camaro fight is a tale as old as time, and with this new and lightened generation of Camaro, the competition is bound to get stiffer.

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Fiat 500 Abarth

Abarth has been Fiat's tuner since the 1950s and 1960s. It's now a fully owned part of Fiat, and the current 500 Abarth was launched in 2012. It has a punchy, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and is a hoot to drive. The Fiat 500 Abarth is a modern interpretation of , which had performance-modified suspension, brakes, and components. Because there's always room for a little car with a big personality.

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Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 350Z and the 370Z are meant to channel the Datsun 240Z from the 1970s. The Datsun sported all the technical goodies that the expensive cars in its day did, but at a fraction of the cost. It was known as a "" because it wasn't really a sports car. We're grateful that it exists, because Nissan needed a rear-drive, two-door sports car, especially one that fulfills an evolution of the vision that started with the Datsun 240 so many years ago.

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Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is among the most iconic cars ever made. It's starred in movies and advertising campaigns alike, and has a solid fanbase that turns them into sleepers on occasion. VW stopped shipping Beetles to the U.S in 1979 amid declining sales, but the Bugs came back in 1997, with familiar lines and shapes, and spawned a number of crazy variants, including this Beetle Dune. Though it may be too expensive to be the new "people's car," that lighthearted spirit of the Beetle from the flower power generation lives on today. Sadly, Volkswagen announced it would be discontinuing the Beetle come 2019. At least it had a good run.

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