Nope. Not buying.
Iacocca steals M-B design cues to create a small car, along with the Horizon/Omni, just right for the time and just IN time to pull Chrysler's chestnuts out of the fire, giving the Pentastar enough time to launch what arguably may be the world's most successful class of vehicle ever, the minivan. And don't give me the VW microbus argument. We're talking about a useful, multipurpose vehicle that can SAFELY carry up to 7 at and above posted highway speeds.
If the Reliant K is ugly, an entire generation of Mercedes-Benz is similarly damned.
there is a front view of the SEC and K that are very similar but the overall on the cars are much different.
But you are correct, the K was a car for the times. It was a pretty efficient design, paid back the government loan in record time for Chrysler and was very dependable.
I think there are a lot of these cars that we see that were pure utility with "average" pedestrian styling. It sells to the folks who just want to drive to work, school or church. If you look at the 66 Impala or Galaxy or Satellite sedans, in the big picture they are sterile, "hope the majority won't find them offensive" type cars. We romanticize them now because so many of us used them to park in, get laid in, and used them as social networking. If we only used them for church and work I doubt Barrett Jackson would do a tenth as well with them.