Apr 26 2013, 12:21pm CDT | by Shane McGlaun
Automotive designers have gifted car fans with some extremely beautiful automobiles over the years. However, starting out with the best intentions often results in incredibly ugly vehicles as well. You only have to look at the front end of a Pontiac Aztec or run across a Mustang II to realize that even for automotive designers , taste isn't always guaranteed. Today we are going to look at some of the ugliest automobiles to ever cruise the highways around the world. Many of these cars are from the US, but European automakers are as guilty of creating hideously ugly automobiles is anyone on the planet. Read on for a listing of some of the ugliest cars ever created.
Back in the early 2000s, Pontiac rolled out a hideous SUV called the Aztec. I can remember clearly the first time I ever saw one of these automobiles. It was given away as a prize for some sort of immunity challenge on Survivor. The only thing I can remember thinking was the poor bastard who won the car actually had to pay taxes on that hideous hunk of metal and plastic. To add insult to injury, on the rare occasion when I see one of these cruising highways today they almost unanimously have faded paint and faded plastic. Sadly, the ugly never fades.
The first time I saw one of these was on an episode of Top Gear. I've always been a fan of Fiat, particularly the early two-seat convertibles. It's hard for me to fathom just how ugly the Multipla is. How could a company that gave us the Fiat Spyder have created something this ugly? It always reminded me of a Dodge Neon that had been decapitated, and had the cab from some futuristic 18-wheeler grafted on the top. This may be the ugliest European automobile I've ever laid eyes on, other than a certain Aston Martin we will talk about later.
I'm a huge fan of Ferrari, I think they make some of the sexiest exotic cars in the world. That's why I was so confused when Ferrari launched the California. I like to think that different people designed the car from different angles.It appears to be made from components of different vehicles and different angles. I very much like the way it looks from the side from the front fender up to the front bumper. Seen straight on, the front end is hideous, it gets fat near the doors and it has a rear end that looks like Jennifer Lopez after a month binging on Twinkies. The only saving grace this car has is the prancing horse on the hood and the screaming V-8 engine underneath. This thing makes the Mondial look good.
Aston Martin is another one of the sports car manufacturers that makes some truly beautiful vehicles. I grew up watching James Bond movies and some of the coolest cars Bond ever drove were Aston Martins, like that 60s era DB5 and the DBS V12 from the newer Bond films. Despite having made some of the best looking automobiles ever to roll out of England, the company absolutely fell flat with the Lagonda. It's hard to tell what they're even going for when they designed this car. It looks like the nose is about to fall off and his only remaining attached to the passenger compartment because it sitting on the tires. Considering how ugly the car is, you'd be surprised to know that it was incredibly expensive when new. The only cars coming close to matching the price were from Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
AMC is guilty of producing some of the ugliest automobiles ever in the United States. One of the ugliest was the AMC Gremlin. This is a small two door car that was surprisingly built in large volume with over 670,000 constructed during its run. The vehicle lasted from 1970 to 1978. Curiously the camera will is rather popular in some circles for being ugly. It was also used for numerous racing endeavors during the 70s.
I've been a huge Mustang fan for a long time. Everything from the first 64 1/2 model up to 1970 are definitely classic and beautiful muscle cars. Things started to go south in 1971 and by 1974 when Ford rolled out the Mustang II the ugly had hit America's pony car in full force. Thankfully, the Mustang II only lasted from 1974 through 1978, despite rather impressive sales. In 1979 Fords Fox body Mustang stepped in and brought the good looks back to the Mustang. It's very rare to see a Mustang II on the streets today. I can only assume that the unattractive style meant many Mustang fans simply let them rust away into nothing.
We've already had one AMC automobile on the list of the ugliest cars, and here we are with another AMC, this time it's the AMC Pacer. This car was sold between 1975 and 1980 and had a significantly rounder design than the similarly sized AMC Gremlin. The bulbous round design was intended to be aerodynamic. Apparently, the car was literally designed around comfortable seating for four occupants, which resulted in a bulbous ugly vehicle. It also had a bizarre pair of doors with the passenger door being 4 inches longer than the driver's door to make it easier for passengers to get into the back seats.
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.
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