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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.


  • 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.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,700
    Speaking of AMC, remember the Marlin fastback... pretty bad!

    1959-60-61 Chrysler Imperial

    1958 Oldsmobile

    Daimler SP250 Roadster

    The Henry J
  • 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)
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,700
    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.
  • 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?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,700
    Awwwww...the 2CV is cute, don't you think?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,369
    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.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,700
    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.
  • 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?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,700
    Ford was a victim of its own marketing department. My motto is "Never create a car from a Focus Group opinion" may work for toothpaste, but not cars...

    Oh, yeah, the Trabant is very ugly...good suggestion!
    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: 632
    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: 632
    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.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,700
    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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