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Ugliest Cars of All Time

vallartavallarta Posts: 1
edited March 7 in Mercury
I think that the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser was the
ugliest looking car of all time. Close runner-up
would have been the Isetta.
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  • esneedesneed Posts: 16
    My thoughts...

    1960 Plymouth Fury - gosh what an ugly car! Chrysler made some stylish cars during this period too - the Fury wasn't one of them.

    1974 AMC Matador Coupe - the overall design really wasn't bad, but those ridiculous head/tail lights? Blew the whole design.... yuk!

    1958-1960 Lincoln Continental Mark III - thank goodness for the clean lines of the 1961's. It's predecessor was huge, had lines which were out of proportion, and again - ugly. Lincoln buyers at that time must of dropped their lower jaws after seeing the change from 1960 to the 1961 models.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,930
    Speaking of AMC, remember the Marlin fastback... pretty bad!

    1959-60-61 Chrysler Imperial

    1958 Oldsmobile

    Daimler SP250 Roadster

    The Henry J

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  • sbarersbarer Posts: 35
    When talking ugly, one must name the 1934 Tatra 77 and the Lotus Europa MKI (although at 1700lbs and 100+hp the ugly fiberglass is almost (but not quite)excusable due to the amazing performance)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,930
    Well, at least in defense of those two rather unattractive cars, one can say they were technically very interesting. NOthing worse than being ugly AND dull.

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  • hhkimhhkim Posts: 1
    How can you guys leave out the AMC Pacer?

    Not just ugly but distinctively ugly.
  • esneedesneed Posts: 16
    Yea, the Pacer wasn't much to look at.

    What about the Citroen 2CV? They built it for years in France, and it resembled the look of a dehydrated VW Beetle.

    Some others... 1978-79 Buick Century and Olds Cutlass Salon fastback coupe/sedans... suddenly switched to notchback 4-door in 1980 after realizing the 'faux pas'... the 1980-84 Cadillac Seville 'bustleback'. 1971/72 Olds Toronado - what's the deal with that front end?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,930
    Awwwww...the 2CV is cute, don't you think?

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,914
    How about the Citroen station wagons?
  • esneedesneed Posts: 16
    Nope - sorry Mr.S... :)

    The original Bettle is cute.
    The VW Thing was cute.
    The Nash Metropolitan was cute.

    IMO, the 2CV does not qualify in the cute category. It apparently does though in Europe - they sold them long enough.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,930
    Okay, I'll let you say a 2CV is ugly if you let me say a VW Thing is REAL ugly!

    Metros are cute, I'll agree, even if they are faily dismal failures as cars...they would make excellent coffee tables and yes, if I saw one cheap, I'd buy one just so I could pretend I was Donald Duck for a day. I actually like Mets, but driving one is quite scary. I did know a guy who bought one, lowered it, put on Bilstein shocks (from where, I don't know)an MGB 1800 cc engine and disk brakes and front end from something. Enormous job and the car was still scary, but in a different way. Some people.

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  • bubukittybubukitty Posts: 96
    How about the Trabant? That was a pretty horific design from, I believe, East Germany. Not only were they ugly, but also pretty terrible cars too. Also, some of the early Plymouth Valiants (early 60's?) were butt ugly. Then there are the Edsels with the horse collar grills. What was Ford thinking about anyway?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,930
    Ford was a victim of its own marketing department. My motto is "Never create a car from a Focus Group opinion"....it may work for toothpaste, but not cars...

    Oh, yeah, the Trabant is very ugly...good suggestion!

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  • FREDERICKFREDERICK Posts: 228
    I've never seen any car company with it head so far stuck in the sand. I dare you to name me a really stylish AMC auto. The Pacer was such a total dog I can't even believe that the company actually brought that thing to market.
  • jeijei Posts: 143
    More for the list:
    - The AMC Gremlin (especially mid '70s models with the huge bumpers). You get the rest of the car when you make the last payment.
    - The Bricklin. The mid '70s strike again.
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 633
    Aston Martin Lagonda Bulldog. Ugly, or just freaky?
  • esneedesneed Posts: 16
    OK, I can give on the AMC Gremlin - but reluctantly because I owned a 1974 model (first year with the massive bumpers)

    The Gremlin has a horrible reputation - but honestly, despite its appearance, it was one of the better cars I had. (No snickering, please). Rust was it's biggest malady, but with a 258 6-cyl and automatic, that car was a tough, practical daily driver to and from school. And in fairness to the massive bumpers - it was hit at least once from every side, and it proved its durability.

    On the flip side, I never got many dates due to driving it though. (!)

    Speaking of AMC, what about the '74-'77 Matador SEDAN (I already spoke of the coupe in a previous entry). What's up with the protruding grille and front-end? How was that 'stylish'? Were they out of their mind?
  • esneedesneed Posts: 16
    I thought of another one that some may consider ugly - although I like them myself. 1968-1969 Pontiac full size Catalina/Bonnevilles with the chrome snout nose (a la Edsel). I must be in the minority, cause I like the look of it, but most didn't seem to appreciate the look even when the car was new.
  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 633
    There is a blue one in our town that looks mint. Can't help but admire such an old car that looks so good, but also, I thought it was cool.
  • bubukittybubukitty Posts: 96
    How about this one? The Checker Marathon! Probably one of the ugliest cars ever made. I also second the Diamler SP250. Looks like a catfish on wheels.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,930
    Maybe we could chip in and make a computer-generated Godzilla movie and put in all our favorite ugly cars for him (her?) to step on....childish, but amusing nonetheless.

    I had a Checker, 1963, and prior to their use of Chevrolet engines they used Continental sixes that they bought over the counter. What was unusual about the six in my car was that it was a flathead with an OHV conversion that the factory did to "keep up" with modern times, at least in Checker's capacity to do so. You could literally see the conspicuously wider engine block that used to accept a flat head, now with an overhead valve cylinder head bolted onto it. Looked that two different motors stuck together. The car had a Studebaker overdrive (well, B-W), idled at 300 rpm and was a torture to drive. I used to enjoy hiting the brake and gas and making the car hop up and down. It was terrible in snow but an excellent cross-country (literally) vehicle, and it was often driven through the woods in the Colorado mountains...great ground clearance and a very low rear end ratio.

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  • bubukittybubukitty Posts: 96
    Sounds like a good idea for a movie! It's got to be better than a lot of the bad movies coming out of Hollywood these days! Maybe the Mothra can swoop down and pick up our favorite ugly cars and use them as amo to drop on Godzilla, while he steps on the rest!

    Thanks for the info on Checkers. They always looked like they were a little cobbled together to me anyway, and based on the mechanicals you describe, I was right! I remember as a kid when we visited my grandparents in NYC, that it seemed that all the cabs were yellow Checkers. We used to ride in them a lot and remember how big the back seat area was and the jump seats in them. Even at a very tender young age I remember thinking how really awful looking those cars were, though today they are so rare that it's kind of cool when you see one. My wife loves them and thinks they are wonderful (then again, she thinks Studebakers are good looking cars-only the Avanti was), so she was a little disturbed when I told her about my nomination of the Checker. I do take her to car shows and point out the really beautiful cars to try to educate her a little! She is slowly coming around.
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    I don't know, I think the Studebaker Hawk is a good looking car.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,930
    The "cleaner" Hawks look nice to me, but not the cluttered up ones....I personally like the 62-64 GT Hawks more than the tail-fin jobbies. The 1958 Packard Hawk was a rather unattractive car, though. They sure had their nerve putting the Packard name on it. Nothing Packard about it, the company was already looted and gone by 1958.

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  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    Someone said the '60 Plymouth Fury was ugly-but what about the '61?? Oh my god it was bad-and the '61 Dodge as well-with those reverse slanting, ugly fins. How did Chrysler ever do those between other years of decent styling I also vote for the '67-'68 Dodge Polara, with that complex angle, hulking grill and horrible taillights. I never liked the Ciroen ID/DS 19, either. My Dad almost bought one of those in 1958, when I was especially car-style conscious, and the '57 Chev was my standard. I screamed aand kicked. I steered him out of that, along with the little Fiat Multipla mini-mini van. Remember those? I refused to go for a test drive with my family. We finally got a used '57 Pontiac, which had an ugly grill, but that motor was killer.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,914
    Ever take a good look at the front end of a recent Taurus?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,930
    The Cougar is nice-looking, though...Ford can do some things right.

    The Citroen may not have appealed to everyone's aesthetics (you either like 'em or hate 'em) but when the DS came out in 1955 it was truly a revolutionary car, arguably the first truly innovative car (from top to bottom) after World War II.

    I have a friend with a Multipla with the license plate SLUG (short for Banana Slug).

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  • bubukittybubukitty Posts: 96
    I had forgotten about the Taurus...it's a real bummer to behold. I saw some recent photos in a car mag and I believe Ford it restyling the front and back end and it looks a lot better.

    How about some bad looking concept cars? The Pontiac Rageous (sp?) is one of the worst looking and stupid show cars ever. The Chrysler PT Cruiser, which is supposed to go into production, looks like a bread box on wheels. Chrysler has been light years ahead of Ford and GM on styling, but they pulled the cork out on the PT Cruiser. Going retro is OK with the New Beetle and upcoming T Bird, but Chrysler has got the concept wrong. It seems to me that a lot of cars I have seen in auto show coverage in car mags are getting uglier. No more smooth flowing lines, but weird contours and odd creases etc.

    One new car that I do not like at all, though it may be a fantastic machine, is the Audi TT. Does anyone else out there think it is really bad looking? I think they took the New Beetle and squashed it a little and gave it some ugly pills. While we're on a roll here and talking about German cars, I do not like the Z3 roadster either. The proportions seem wrong to me...the back end is too short and the front end is ugly. This is coming from a long time BMW owner too! Porsche got it right with the Boxster. What a great looking car. The only thing I would change is the shape of the headlight assembly....look like Basset Hound eyes.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,930
    I think the problem you're noticing with the Audi TT is the very high waistline, which bothers me, too, but I sort of forgive it since the styling of the car is so well integrated all around. So even if one doesn't like the look, at least you'd have to admit the styling is sound, in principle at least.

    The "retro" look gets old fast, I think...like my dad used to say when he saw something designs in the "new" form of Art Deco Retro...."Oh, great, I got to be sick of this stuff twice."

    No one admires old cars (well, most of them) more than I do, but I like to see stylists and engineers push out the envelope to new things, taking old themes and shaping them for the future, like the Miata did, a very successful design that called on the past but not too heavily.

    I agree, the Boxster is lovely, and the Z3 a bit too-too-tonic for my tastes...but some people think a camel's nose is cute, and if you gave me one, I'd sure drive it.

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  • guitarzanguitarzan Posts: 633
    Too Teutonic? As in, too German? Or, too "the engineers were drinking too much tonic?" :)
  • bubukittybubukitty Posts: 96
    I have seen the TT in the flesh and thought it was interesting, and for the design that it is, it does work and as you say, it is well integrated. But it may take me awhile to get used to it I guess. The interior is fantastic.

    The Z-3 has evolved into a better design as they have beefed up the looks as they have added performance (such as the M version). As in most BMW's, I'm sure it is a great performer and handles beautifully and I'm sure I would love it if I owned one. I wish BMW's would go back to the front end look they had in the seventies and eighties....the wide grills on either side of the kidney. I had a 3.0CS and I think the front end, and the overall design, was one of the best ones BMW ever had. The older front end is not as aerodynamic as the newer BMW's, but the older front end design is better looking.
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