Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The 10 Ugliest Cars Ever Made

(Another one from deep in the LOTD archives.)

From a survey in Business Week magazine, with quotes from people surveyed.

CHEVY CHEVETTE



"When the car went into any type of water puddle it would suck water into the engine. They fell apart after 40,000 miles. Piece of junk."

"Absolute garbage BEFORE it was built."

"It was junk like this that opened the door for Toyota and Honda. Sad but true."

"It was so underpowered, you had to shift down with the AC on to climb the slightest hill. Everything was too small inside, and the dash looked like a 12-year-old designed it. Owned it a year and laughed when I sold it!"


FORD EDSEL




"Has got to be the ugliest car ever to roll out of Detroit."

"Talk about the wrong car at the wrong time!"

"One of the worst designs and poorly manufactured cars of all time."

"Gas-guzzling, three-ton behemoth with a toilet seat grill and inexplicably tacky push-button transmission shifting. The standard by which all other automotive brand failures have been judged (and ridiculed) for 50 years."


CHEVROLET CORVAIR



"Underpowered and unsafe. I had a chance to ride in one and it was more horrifying than all the rides at Disneyland."

"They were all death traps. If you got rear-ended, they burst into flames. If you got into a sideways slide, the tires blew off the rims and they rolled over."

"Ugly, underpowered, not safe, not safe, not safe. A very bad imitation of the VW Bug. I hardly ever see one, not even at old car shows, probably due to a corrosion problem."


AMC GREMLIN



"The most hideously ill-proportioned car of all time."

"This car was the epitome of ugly. The first subcompact was introduced Apr. 1, 1970 (April Fools' Day). Need we say more?"

"The car voted best as a hot tub!"

"Whatever happened to the back half of this car? It seems as if 40% of the vehicle's body was perhaps unintentionally cropped off on the drafting table. The introduction of the Gremlin rang the final death knell for the already mortally wounded AMC."


PONTIAC AZTEK



"There must have been a front-end design team and a rear-end design team. And the two teams NEVER spoke to each other!"

"The only car that can make a Pacer wagon look good."

"It looks like a mini-trash truck."


AMC PACER



"0 to 60 in four-and-a-half hours."

"Looked like a fishbowl and those windows leaked. Add a leaky sunroof to it and the car rusted from the inside out!"

"A pregnant roller skate."

"Not only UGLY but two different-sized front doors!"

"It had seats designed like blue jeans, including the brass buttons, which burned the crap out of you on a hot day."



See the rest here.
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13 comments:

  1. My first car was a Pinto and my first boyfriend drove a Gremlin. I went to the junior prom in a Matador.

    This explains a lot about my life. :/

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  2. I can't believe my first car, a Maverick, didn't make the list!!

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    1. My first car was a Maverick too! My boyfriend (now husband) was a mechanic and gave it to me. The first time it had a problem, (oh, the second week or so I had it- the steering column suddenly started to smoke when the electrical fried in the middle of an intersection) he immediately took it away from me and dumped it!

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  3. These cars are like birth control on wheels. Nobody gets laid in a Gremlin.

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    1. Cary: You must have been very limber!

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  4. I agree with all of these, except I'd cut someone to own that Edsel, even with its toilet seat front grill! I love me some classic cars with fins, chrome everywhere, and whitewall tires :D.

    Others I'll add to the list: The Cube, Scion xB and Honda Element - who thinks a cardboard box is an attractive design for a vehicle?

    The Aztec has always reminded me of the bastard offspring of a Civic + SUV (Explorer) mating. Yuck.



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    1. I drive a Cube. I like my toaster-on-wheels, thankyouverymuch. :)

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  5. My brother and I called the Chevette the Shove-it.

    They missed the 1980s era Cadillac Seville STS, with the slanted trunk. It looked like the back end was cut off.

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    1. The Shove-It. Awesome. My sister and I used to make up car names too. We shared a Ford Fiesta in high school-- total piece of shit. We called it the Ford Fiasco. Later I worked with a guy who drove a Mercury Mystique. I called it the Mercury Mystake.

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    2. My mechanic/shop owning dh has one for every car, pretty much. The Ford Exploder. The Ford Stranger. The Dodge Insipid. The Dodge Ewe pick-ups. The Jeep is a
      "The Heap". I could go on....He says the Ford Probe doesn't need a better one.

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  6. Breaking Bad almost made the Aztec cool. But even a great show like that can't perform miracles

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  7. When I lived in Phoenix (circa 1982) my friend had a black Pacer. You don't know the meaning of the word "hot" until you get into one of these babies, after it being in the Phoenix summer heat of August, for anymore than 5 seconds. It made my 1968 850 Fiat Coupe look dashing!

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