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Junkyard Gem: 2006 Kia Amanti

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The idea of a Korean

luxury sedan

seemed a bit odd to most American car shoppers when the

Hyundai XG300

debuted on these shores in the 2001 model year. The XGs were pretty good cars, though, and the reasonable price tags had great appeal. The


‘s Kia-badged cousin,

the Amanti

, made the scene for the 2004 model year and was available here through 2009. Non-perfect examples have


hard, and so this crashed ’06 in California now supplies parts from a self-service wrecking yard.



face shows a lot of

Jaguar XJ


Mercedes-Benz E-Class

influence, so much of it that many 24 Hours of Lemons racers were enraged that the judges put

a shiny, good-running “E-Class”

in the slowest racing group at the

2017 Fall South race

(where the Amanti blew both head gaskets several minutes into the race, if not earlier).


licensed the

Mitsubishi 6G

family of V6 engines during the late 1980s, and this 200-horsepower, 3.5-liter DOHC V6 sure looks a lot like the Mitsu 6G74.

The MSRP on the 2006 Amanti was a mere $27,995, which was just a bit more than an ’06

Chevy Impala

LTZ … and about half the cost of a new ’06


E350 sedan. This was a lot of car per dollar when it was new.

Nowadays, of course, there’s nothing particularly odd about a

big, swanky South Korean sedan

. The Amanti helped pave the way for this acceptance.

It’s not a


. It’s not a


. It’s not a


. It’s not even a

luxury car


Or is it?

from Autoblog