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5 Abandoned Luxury Cars We’re Glad We’re Gone (5 Are Worth Every Penny)

Since the dawn of the automobile, customers have wanted to improve their journeys. In 1906, this the desire was recognized and Rolls-Royce was created. Charles Rolls and Henry Royce changed what it meant to build an automobile – from the engine to the interior and the appearance of the car – and introduced the Silver Ghost.

Since then, many car manufacturers have tried their hand at making a luxury car to emulate Rolls-Royce, with Bentley coming closest – and with a sportier side. Today, almost every automaker in the world builds luxury cars, from German manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes, to their American counterparts Cadillac and Lincoln. Even Japanese automakers, Nissan and Toyota, and other Asian companies have joined us.

While some models had some success in their endeavors and lasted for decades, others failed spectacularly – either because the car was too expensive, too unreliable, or just terrible in every way. Here are 5 abandoned luxury cars we’re glad to have disappeared from, and 5 that were worth every penny.

ten We don’t miss – Chrysler TC by Maserati

Chrysler TC by Maserati
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Maserati’s TC was a terrible luxury car. It was a collaboration between Chrysler and Maserati to produce a luxury coupe and convertible, aimed at elevating the Chrysler name into a higher social class. The car was expected to sell between 5,000 and 10,000 units per year. It sold just over 7,000 units during the three years of production.

1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati Convertible Sports Car
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The reason for the car’s downfall was that it was not so well thought out. It featured minimal color choices, had underpowered engines, and was significantly more expensive than the Chrysler LeBaron GTC – which had the same level of luxury. Overall, Maserati’s Chrysler TC crashed and burned, eventually being replaced by the Chrysler Crossfire (another collaboration with a premium company) which did a bit better – but not much.

Related: Here’s What’s Important About Maserati’s Chrysler TC

9 We do not miss – Volkswagen Phaeton

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The VW Phaeton was Volkswagen’s attempt at a complete luxury car to rival the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. It was on sale between 2003 and 2016, but due to poor sales VW pulled the car from the North American market in 2006. In the United States, the Phaeton was equipped with a choice of either a 4.2-litre or a 6.0-litre V8. W12.

VW Phaeton W12 - Rear
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European Phaetons were available with petrol V6s, as well as a choice of diesel V6s, V8s and even the infamous 5.0-litre V10 TDI. Potential buyers of the Phaeton were put off by the fact that it had a VW badge on the front, while the Audi A8 – which was essentially the same car – had a more premium feel for more or less the same price. .

8 We don’t miss – Lincoln MKS

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The Lincoln MKS was a full-size luxury car produced by Ford’s luxury subsidiary. The MKS was based on the Ford Taurus sedan, which meant the car shared the same engines and technology as the much cheaper Ford. The MKS became the very first Lincoln to be turbocharged when Ford fitted the car with the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 found in the Taurus SHO.

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As a car, the Lincoln MKS wasn’t bad, however, the fact that it was based on a cheaper car and didn’t hide it well, led to declining sales and the eventual discontinuation of the MKS in 2016. The vehicle was replaced by the Continental sedan – specifically aimed at the luxury car segment.

7 We Don’t Miss – Lincoln Blackwood

Lincoln Blackwood
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Another Lincoln, the Blackwood was a brilliant idea – just a few years too early. The truck was based on the Ford F-150 and shared much of its styling with the Lincoln Navigator, except for the truck bed in the rear. The Blackwood was built to be a luxury SUV/pickup truck, with the truck bed to be used as a huge trunk, instead of a traditional bed.

2002 Lincoln Blackwood Luxury Pickup Truck
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This failed spectacularly, and the Blackwood only lasted one model year, before being scrapped. Lincoln tried this strategy again in 2006 after the luxury SUV trend took off with the Mark LT, successfully selling more units than the Blackwood and nearly matching the Cadillac Escalade EXT. Lincoln discontinued the Mark LT in 2008 and Ford moved its luxury pickup trucks to the normal F-Series lineup.

6 We don’t miss – Cadillac ELR

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The ELR was a bizarre-looking luxury hybrid coupe produced by Cadillac between 2014 and 2016. It was based on the hybrid platform of the Chevrolet Volt, including the 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and battery from 16.5 to 17.1 kWh. The biggest problem with the ELR was that it cost about $35,000 more than the Chevrolet Volt it was based onwhile offering less performance and range.

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Cadillac skipped the 2015 model year to fix some of the issues with the ELR and dropped the price by $10,000 – but fewer than 3,000 units were sold over the car’s life. The ELR was discontinued in 2016 and replaced by the Cadillac CT6 PHEV.

Related: 5 Things We Love About The Cadillac ELR (5 We Hate)

5 Worth every penny – Jaguar XJ

2016 Jaguar XJ L
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The Jaguar XJ has been the British brand’s most luxurious executive saloon since its introduction in 1968. The last XJ was discontinued in 2019, with Jaguar Land Rover announcing an all-electric XJ would be on the way – only to be canceled in 2021. This It’s sad because the last generation XJ was the best ever – a certain famous UK motoring publication even created an award specifically for the XJ’s interior.

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The XJ was available with a choice of a 3.0-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8, both supercharged, and a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 for the “Portfolio Prestige” edition. In 2013 Jaguar launched the XJR, a high-performance version of the XJ, with the supercharged V8 producing 542 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, going to the rear wheels only via an 8-speed automatic. The XJ was a great luxury car, and thanks to terminal damping, the XJ is available used for a fraction of the original price.

Related: Looking back at the evolution of the Jaguar XJ

4 Worth every penny – Aston Martin Rapide

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The Rapide was Aston Martin’s DB9-based four-door luxury saloon, built to compete with the Maserati Quattroporte, Porsche Panamera GTS and Bentley Continental Flying Spur. It was a more driver-oriented car, fitted with Aston Martin’s impressive naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12, mated to a 6-speed (and later 8-speed) automatic transmission.

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The Rapide might not have been the first choice when thinking of a luxury saloon, but it was brilliant in the way it mimicked the Aston Martin GT cars of the era. The Rapide’s biggest problem was that it cost well over $200,000—while the equivalent Maserati cost half that and the Panamera less than half. Unfortunately, the Rapide was discontinued in 2020 with the launch of the DBX luxury SUV.

3 Worth every penny – Bentley Mulsanne


The Bentley Mulsanne was Bentley’s premium luxury sedan, produced between 2010 and 2020. The Mulsanne’s biggest competitors were Rolls-Royce’s Ghost and Phantom. Unlike many other luxury cars, the Mulsanne did not share its platform with any other car from the VW group, which added to its exclusivity.

The Mulsanne presented the Rolls-Royce–Bentley V8, a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 505 hp and a massive 752 lb-ft of torque – an engine that has been in production since 1959. In 2014, Bentley introduced the Mulsanne Speed, a more powerful version of the car, producing 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque. All that power went to the rear wheels only through an 8-speed automatic. The Mulsanne was discontinued in 2020 and unfortunately took the RR-B V8 with it, but it was nonetheless one of the best luxury cars of the last decade.

Related: One Bentley to Rule Them All: The Mulsanne

2 Worth every penny – Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe was an ultra-luxury coupe produced by Rolls-Royce between 2008 and 2016. It sat above the Ghost-based Wraith and acted as a 2-door version of the full-size Phantom. The Phantom Coupe featured the same twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 as every other Rolls-Royce, producing 454bhp and 531lb-ft of torque, going to the rear wheels only via a 6-speed and later 8-speed automatic. speeds. transmission.


The Phantom Coupe was the ultimate in ultimate 2-door luxury, with all the same customization options as the normal Phantom. The Phantom Coupé was the first Rolls-Royce coupé produced for 22 years and featured the classic Rolls-Royce ‘coach’ doors opening rearwards – instead of forwards like all other conventional doors. The Phantom Coupe is definitely a luxury car worth its exorbitant price tag – but again, potential customers buying into this class wouldn’t be put off by the expense.

1 Worth every penny – Maserati Quattroporte V

Maserati Quattroporte V

Finally, we come to the best luxury car of the last two decades – which actually isn’t quite as luxurious as many of its competitors. The fifth-generation Maserati Quattroporte started out as a tough sell, primarily due to the high cost of servicing the automated manual transmission model’s clutch. Luckily, Fiat solved this problem when it took over Maserati in 2007 and replaced the transmission with a standard ZF automatic, creating a car that was extremely desirable.

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS

the the Quattroporte V’s biggest selling point was the engine. It was the Model F136 from Ferrari but fitted with a cross-plane crankshaft instead of the Ferrari flat-plane, which probably gives the best V8 exhaust sound of any car in automotive history. And like the Jaguar XJ, the depreciation hit the Quattroporte V hard, meaning that they are now available for as low as $15,000! Definitely a luxury car worth every penny.

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