When you mention sports cars, a couple of things that comes to your mind are luxury, sexiness, and the speed that awes and overwhelms its fans and owners alike. This is what you expect when mentioning brands that pursuit excellence in performance, design, style, features, and labeling. However, while we could think of the fastest and the most expensive, as previously listed in this website, one cannot stop thinking of what could hold the ranking of being the direct opposite. In case you are just burning with curiosity, then checking the list of top 10 slowest sports cars of all time can make you shrug your shoulders or laugh out loud.
10. 1968 Fiat 850 Spider
During the 1960s, the Fiat 750 Spider can be considered both as a luxury and a performance vehicle because of its convertible top cover and an 843cc engine that can pull up speeds with 49hp, making it achieve max speed of 145 km/h, a rate that is already amazing at the time. Despite of the lines and the sophisticated details, it can be daunting to know that this spider can go from 0 to 60 in 19.9 seconds and can run a quarter mile after 21.4 seconds.
9. 1980 Audi 5000S (Diesel)
The Audi 5000S sports vehicles are so fast during the time that there were many cases of unintended acceleration, causing deaths and hundreds of speed-related accidents to some of its drivers because of speeds that are hard to control. Audi says that it’s all about the confusion of stepping into wrong pedals and many tests have proven it to be the case. However, waiting for 20.3 to reach 60 is not that fast these days, even more in running ¼ mile for 21.6 seconds.
8. 1981 Cadillac Seville (Diesel)
Perhaps one of the longest running models that Cadillac has ever produced is the Seville, which started from 1975 and ended mass production in 2004, all because according to General Motors, it was one of the models that had no negative sides in it, being a small-size top-liner. The second-generation Seville, was mimicked in body, by the Lincoln Continental in 1987 and the 1981 Chrysler Imperial Coupe. Nevertheless, the vehicle’s speed, which reaches 60 in 20.9 seconds, is nothing worth copying.
7. 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit (Diesel)
We now know it as the Volkswagen Golf, but back in the 1970s, this small car used to be called as the Volkswagen Rabbit, which may indicate speed despite its little frame. As a car that revolutionalized front-wheel drive, apart from the Beetle, the 1st make of the Golf, even its diesel variant, provides tolerable features with speeds that go from 0 to 60 in 21.2 seconds and reaches a quarter mile almost the same time at 21.9 seconds.
6. 1974 Datsun B210 Coupe
The B210 Coupe Series came from the Nissan Sunny variant that is now known as the Nissan Sentra these days. Famous for being small and fast, the third generation Sunny was famed during the time when gas was short and costly, because of its fuel economy and valuable price. The 1.4-liter L14 engine can be considered a modest performance; as such value can easily tolerate 22.5 seconds of runtime in reaching the 60 km/h mark, and another 2 seconds for a quarter mile distance.
5. 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible
For Volkswagen, reaching the final evolution of the Beetle is a noted achievement, where it becomes a Super Beetle in the end, making it usable as a sports car, and not just an economical avenue for individuals who want a cheap but reliable ride. The VW 1303, as it is officially known in the market, has become an attractive buy due to its convertible top, but the speeds may not be as appealing knowing that its end production can only run from 0 to 60 in 23.7 seconds, even slower than getting a quarter mile, which runs at 22.2 seconds only.
4. 1968 Fiat 850 Idromatic
Despite of the “Idromatic” variant of the Fiat 850 produced in the 1960s, it can be quite a disappointment that the said model is vying for the masses in entering the economy car market, all because it is a Fiat that people are expecting to give a run for the money. Sketchy in many forms, it is no longer surprising to know that its speed cannot be as trusted with spending 25.4 seconds to reaching 60 km/h, and 23 seconds running at 0.250 miles.
3. 1950 Crosley HotShot Roadster
Considered as extinct since Crosley Motors Incorporated stayed in the automobile industry from 1939 to 1952, the 1950 Crosley HotShot Roadster is one of the most noted pinnacles of this vehicle company. The CIBA, or Crosley Cast Iron Block Assembly engine has been one of the most reliable, and it showed promise even when the company was closed, as it matured into a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) design. However, spending 26.4 seconds to get from 0 to 60 and 23 seconds to drive a quarter mile can be quite an upset.
2. 1958 Berkeley Sports SE492
Now taken as one of the rarest finds in automobile collections, the 1958 Berkeley Sports is not a school basketball team, but this actually was a vehicle produced by the company with the same name, located in Bedfordshire, England. This model was very successful in winning the Monza 12-hour race in 1958, although it can be unexpected that it can reach 0 to 60 in a longer length of 30.6 seconds, to which reaching a quarter mile run is unknown.
1. 1946 Triumph 1800 Roadster
The name Triumph can be quite convincing and attractive for a sports car, as it promises performance and drive. Known to be the first sports vehicle created after the World War by the Triumph Motor Company in Britain, the 1800 Roadster was a pioneer to design standards used by Jaguar. It was sarcastically labeled as the Toadster by a journalist because of its poor excuse in achieving 0 to 60 in more than half a minute, even 34.4 seconds slow, being the top choice in the top 10 slowest sports cars of all time. Now that is slow!