Omissions scandal: the cars we think should exist


The list of affordable open-roof sports cars currently stands at one. But would the Mazda MX-5’s dominance have continued if Toyota had chopped the roof off the GT86? The rear-driven 2+2 has been a favourite of ours since its introduction in 2012, but it has only ever been sold as a hard-top. Toyota teased us with the FT-86 Open concept in 2013, but sadly it never made production. With a new ’86 coming, surely it’s time to correct that misstep. But instead of a folding fabric roof, which would eat into the already-small boot, why not go for twin detachable roof panels, à la the MR-2 T-Bar of yesteryear? Tom Morgan

Citroen 2CV

Fiat reinvented the 500, Mini reinvented the Mini; isn’t it about time that Citroën remastered its greatest hit? Twenty years ago, it would have done it in full pastiche style to create a 500/Mini-esque retro model that was way more upmarket than the original. Today, though, treading lightly is back in style, so a curved exterior, a minimalist interior, a small tyre footprint, a loping ride and silent electric propulsion would make a 2CV the ideal second car for the Honda E generation. Matt Prior

Mini Golf rival

Mini has a knack of making models just slightly off-centre in their style and positioning to stop them having massmarket appeal. Perhaps that’s deliberate, if a bit obtuse. But what if Mini really went for the mainstream, with a hatchback to take on the Golf? The gap between the 5dr and Countryman is a vast one, and one the Clubman doesn’t comfortably fill, given its estate body and idiosyncrasies. The Golf rival could introduce a more mature look, while the BMW 1 Series already exists as the ideal basis. It could even be made into a saloon for China and North America to please the bean-counters. Mark Tisshaw



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