Your Turn: When is an orphan car no longer an orphan?

With the recent news that the (revived) DeLorean Motor Company was releasing an electric version of the famed, time-traveling DMC-12, I had to stop and ask myself a major question. Can orphan cars stop being orphan cars?


The electric DeLorean isn’t the first example of a brand’s revival.

Like an automotive zombie, the Avanti II has risen from the dead many times. (As I write this, I think Avanti Motors has done another face plant.) A few years ago,
Midget Motors Supply attached the jumper cables to the King Midget and revived that brand.

These death/rebirth/death cycles drive me crazy, because I’m a bit of a purist about orphan cars. I believe that when car brands or manufacturers die, they become orphans. Saturn, Pontiac, and Mercury? Orphans. (Why wait seven years for the designation when they’re dead right now, today?)

I’m happy to see famous automotive brands rise from the dead. I’m unhappy when they die. I’m confused when they rise again. And then I’m just plain hacked off when they die again. (Examples: the Avanti II mentioned above and the aborted resurrection of Packard about eight years ago.)

I get all worked up, because I have to consider whether or not to delete their clubs from my
Links to Clubs page. After all, if the brand is back in business, it’s no longer an orphan. And if it’s no longer an orphan, it’s no longer part of Gone Autos.

So let me ask you this, orphan car fans: is DeLorean no longer an orphan? Should we view orphaned brands that rise from the dead with some suspicion? (Should we help to put ‘em down with a shotgun or a shovel?) Should there we a Wait-And-See Period? What are your thoughts? (Help me make up my mind, car fans!)

Gone Autos Podcast #5: Donny Conn of The Playmates

Nash Rambler fans: listen and weep, weep. Here comes the true story of Beep Beep.

Donny Conn of the 1950's group The Playmates reveals to Gone Autos that his band's most famous song wasn't actually about a
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Rambler. (It was about the...sorry. I can't bend your frame like that. Better let Donny do it.)

Take a Sunday drive down Memory Lane with the radio on as Donny tells the story of The Playmates while Gone Autos brings you vintage Playmates music. And buckle up for a little mythbusting along the way.

This Gone Autos podcast is not a thing to scorn. In fact, it's our best one yet. Get it. You won't regret it.

Listen here.