Oct 27 2014
Top 15 Ugliest Cars ever Produced
When every car company launches a new model they espouse the technical and efficiency improvements over either the previous model or their competitors.
When it comes to the design, well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and though most car companies get it reasonably right most of the time, there are times when your reaction is “what were they thinking!?!?”
Well we have gone over the past 60 years to give you what we consider the world’s ugliest cars.
Funny though, we set out to give you the usual Top 10 list but found more than expected so we came up with the Top 15!
The criteria we set to be eligible were:
- It had to be mass produced so as to exclude one offs or low volume that very few would have noticed;
- Not a modified standard car unless it was a modification widely available through the Manufacturer;
- It was produced by a company that has / had the resources to not have produced it; and
- It wasn’t designed with severe constraints such as to ensure that its cheap – this is to exclude cars that were designed and built for, say, 3rd World Countries.
Well as we said, Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder so I am sure there will be people out there who will disagree with our list!!!
And finally, because the opinions on this topic at Remunerator were varied, we couldn’t put them as most ugly to least ugly, so they are listed in date of manufacture order, which goes to show that People who did not learn from mistakes were destined to repeat them!?!
1958 Ford Thunderbird
The immediate question is “how could a company that got it so right, immediately get it so wrong???”
In 1955, Ford launched a new type of personal sports car, the Ford Thunderbird. It was an instant success that spanned 1955, 1956 & 1957. It had beautiful lines and has become a classic.New models are supposed to be new and improved? Well not in this case.
First all who thought that the best way to improve on a “sports cars” was to make it a 4 seater!?
Next question was that who would have thought that lengthening the car by 3 feet would make it a better handling car!?
We could go on…
1959 Ford Anglia
The only saving grace for this car is that it may have a new cult following as a result of starring in one of the Harry Potter movies.
1970 Porsche 914
You may think Porsche shared the engineering costs with VW for the first time with their SUV, the Cayenne, and the VW Toureg.
They have actually have done it a number of times, you may remember the Porsche 924, and the little known Porsche 914.
It looked more like a VW than a Porsche, a what’s worse, it had a 4 cylinder engine that sounded like a Beetle?
One may have forgiven Porsche if it looked any good!
1974 Rolls Royce Camargue
You have all heard the expression “two wrongs make a right”?
Well here is documented proof that “two rights can make a wrong”!
Take the most prestigious and most expensive car maker in the world, Rolls Royce, who has produced more than their fair share of beautiful classics, and put then with the most famous and celebrated car designer in history, Pinnanfirina (think Ferrari, Alfa Romeo…). You would have thought that the result would be on the top of a list entitled “Top 15 Most Beautiful cars ever produced”?
1975 AMC Pacer
You can imagine that the designer for this car was at his desk for some time mulling over a new car design …then he saw his fish bowl sitting on the shelves.
1977 Datsun Sunny
Notice that nothing in this list was built in the 1960’s?
By the 70’s all those designers must have retired and the new Generation came through and were still learning!
Here is documentary evidence.
1978 Volvo 262C
You could argue that nearly this whole list could be filled with various models that Volvo produced.
Realising they had an image problem, Volvo gave the great challenge to the designer of Lamborghini, Bertone, to do something with their cars to make them more attractive. The launch TV ad in Australia had the car travelling at great speed on the Nullarbor Plain heading towards the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight and stopping right on the edge…it should have kept going!
Bertone is now bankrupt.
1986 Lamborghini LM 002
Many people may think that Porsche, AMG Mercedes, & BMW M Power are the creators of the high performance SUV. Well Lamborghini was there first in 1986 with a vehicle that was designed for the Italian Army. Lamborghini built the SUV and inserted the engine from the Lamborghini Countach, a near 500 BHP V12 engine, the then fastest mass produced car in the world. You may not know that Lamborghini’s origins were a Tractor Manufacturer that branched into supercars.
Unfortunately the LM 002 looked like it was designed by the person who designed their Tractors!
1994 Ferrari F512M
The car that became iconic in the TV show Miami Vice. Detective James “Sonny” Crockett had many a car chase and glamorous bikini clad women in a white Ferrari Testarossa. But by 1994 the show was long forgotten and the guys at Ferrari must have thought that they might try to remind people that the car still existed.
What better way to remind people than to shock them. So Ferrari made some changes to the styling…they succeeded.
1996 Ford Taurus
The design brief was that no ruler could be used…they should have used it to whack the designer over the head!
1998 Fiat Multipla
You’ve got to give Fiat credit for coming up with an innovative concept of a 6 seater car, 3 in the front and 3 in the back.One motoring journalist best described it…” It looks as if it escaped from Neptune, bounced around the solar system hitting asteroids, and then melted while entering the Earth’s atmosphere.”
2001 Pontiac Aztek
No words necessary except as to explain why Pontiac no longer exists!
2005 Ssangyong Stavic
It begs belief that this company still exists!
2008 BMW X6
BMW created a total game changer in the modern SUV market, the BMW X5. So it defies understanding why then they removed everything from it that made it the game changer…a decent cargo area and seating for 5, and created this car! We know someone who bought one and he has regretted it ever since. A “good idea at the time” is how we described why you’d buy one.
We call it the Bull Frog.
2011 Nissan Juke
It should be called the Nissan Joke!