2002 Isuzu Axiom

Isuzu made the Axiom, a midsize SUV, from 2002 until 2005. Its chunky silhouette appearance was a fitting symbol of the company's decline in the U.S. market, according to Brauer.

"The car's upright rear-hatch, narrow headlights and overwrought grille were not an attractive combination," he said. "Isuzu was in its final days as a U.S. automotive brand when it introduced the Axiom in 2002."

(Photo: Roger Wollstadt | Flickr)(Photo: Roger Wollstadt | Flickr)


1970 AMC Gremlin


A two-door economy car meant to compete with fuel-efficient, foreign-made vehicles, AMC's Gremlin was "painful to look at."

The Gremlin sold well enough to remain in production for eight years. It compensated for what it lacked in beauty with smooth handling, a powerful engine and a strong body, according to the 2001 book "The Cars of American Motors: An Illustrated History," by Marc Cranswick.


The Car Chasers


Jeff Allen and Perry Barndt are gamblers—their game being classic and exotic cars. They travel the country looking to buy and sell them. Whether it's a rare Shelby Mustang or a vintage hot rod, the key is buy low and sell high, something that doesn't always happen.

Selling cars is a dangerous business, but perhaps there's no greater risk than negotiating with your own father. Tom Souter, Jeff's dad, runs a classic car dealership around the corner from Jeff's shop in Lubbock, Texas. They are not just regular trading partners; they are trading partners hell-bent on one-upmanship. Tom said doing a deal with his son is like being locked in a closet with a porcupine: "It's gonna hurt, but you know it won't kill you."

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