|1958 Edsel Corsair. Some attribute it's truly horrid looks to it's abject failure. |
The car was also ridiculously poorly made.
AMC Gremlin (1970-1978)
|Launched on April Fool's Day in 1970, the Gremlin marked the beginning of the end for American Motors. Although AMC built a number of terrible cars the Gremlin is generally agreed upon as the worst of them all. |
It was a small, rust-prone car that guzzled fuel like a vehicle several times its size. The Gremlin's handling was atrocious, its engine was crippled by emissions control equipment, and the flip-up back window was prone to breaking off in a driver's hands.
AMC Pacer 1975-1981
|The Pacer is an enduring symbol of bad taste. The Pacer featured tall, wraparound windows that gave it the look of a rolling fishbowl. AMC spent millions promoting the car, but it was a sales flop. |
Although it was a gas guzzler and a rust bucket, the Pacer's hideous looks were its main calling card.
|The 1980s was not a great time for American auto manufacturers and the 1982 Cimarron is a prime example of this ineptitude. The Cimarron was nothing more than a dressed up Chevrolet Cavalier called a Cadillac. |
It sold poorly.
|1974 Mustang II. Mustang owners despise this car – and rightly so. It’s been giving Mustang a bad name since it was first released into the world in the mid-1970s. The Mustang II was a redesigned Pinto. It was poorly made, low on power and muscle, and could explode.|
Bricklin SV1 ( 1974-1976)
|New Brunswick premier Richard Hatfield should have passed on Malcolm Bricklin's SV1 project. Hatfield funded the project anyway. Only a handful of the fiberglass-bodied SV1's were ever built, and the project was plagued with problems that ranged from inadequate brakes to a leaking rear hatch. |
The SV1 suffered from crippling design flaws and construction quality that resembled a Soviet-era Lada.
|1971 Chevrolet Vega. The Vega's problems were many. The engine wouldn’t hold oil. The front end had a tendency to fall off, and most of the fenders rusted out after only a year in the winter (and in places that never got snow.) The engine got so hot it warped the heads and destroyed head gaskets.|
Chevrolet Chevette 1975-1987
|Rushed into production as a slap-dash response to an OPEC oil embargo that created a market for small cars, the sub-compact Chevette earned a reputation as a car that drove even worse than it looked. |
The engine was rough, the suspension was crude, and the interior was lined with shiny plastic. Construction quality of the early Chevettes epitomized mid-1970's Detroit for shoddy workmanship.
|2003 Saturn Ion. One would think that by the 2000s folks would have figured out how to build cars. Engineers at Saturn apparently missed every class in college and the result was Ion. The interior is poorly designed, uncomfortable and filled with a lot of cheap-looking plastic, which also applies to the exterior. Driving the Ion was also an experience – and not a good one.|
|1987 Yugo GV. The Yugo GV (GV stood for good value) was just a disaster in every sense of the word. The Yugo was small and very often didn’t work at all. The electrical system was something out of Siberia and construction was shoddy, at very best.|
The only good thing about a Yugo was that they were light – which made pushing them when they broke down easy.
|1990 Yugo Cabrio (convertible)|
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
|The SLR McLaren overshot its weight targets by a mile, was far too large to be enjoyed on twisty country roads, and even its own designer hated the F1-inspired nose grafted onto its simplistic body. The auto makers went their separate ways and produced wicked hot supercars ... namely the laser-precise McLaren MP4-12C and the burly Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.|
Mosler Consulier GTP.
| Warren Mosler set out to create the fastest street-legal track car on the market. Based on a fiberglass-and-foam monocoque design, the Consulier GTP was finished with a bag full of components from Chrysler. |
The remnants of Mosler were offered for sale last year.
Panther 6 Year produced: 1977.
|In 1977, Panther Westwinds founder Robert Jankel unveiled the Panther 6 to an incredulous public, claiming a 200-mph top speed courtesy of its rear-mounted, Cadillac 500-cubic-inch V-8.|
It failed spectacularly, and only two units were built. No Panther 6 has ever attempted a run at the claimed velocity, which is good, given questionable aerodynamics and weight distribution.
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti - Years produced: 2004–2011.
|Bloated in every direction, the 612 is stretched along a 116.1-inch wheelbase and is a full 193 inches long, and rises 52.9 inches from the pavement.|
The front end is a mess of intersecting lines, the side appears to be sagging, and, tragic for a car capable of blowing other cars into the weeds, the rear end is boring. Like a true supercar, it offers occupants poor visibility.
|Jerry Wiegert’s Vector W2 flabbergasted the automotive world. A Lamborghini Countach of the period could approach 200 mph, so Vector claimed the W2 could top 230. The W2 never cracked its claimed target speed, perhaps because the severely dated styling conceals a pedestrian GM small-block V-8, turbocharged and mated to a Turbo Hydra-matic three-speed automatic.|
The single example built was updated several times with as much time courting investors and battling with business partners as building supercars.
Jaguar XJ220 - Years produced: 1992–1994.
|The XJ220 debuted as an all-wheel-drive, V-12–powered concept in 1988, inspiring excited Jaguar faithful to plunk down deposits on the promised production models. Unfortunately they ended up with a car that diverged in critical ways from the show property.|
When the XJ220 finally hit the streets four years following the concept’s debut it was equipped with a more simplistic powertrain that combined rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged V-6.
Gumpert Apollo - Years produced: 2005–2015.
| Every Apollo produced had massive panel gaps and poor assembly quality, and the car had an interior cobbled together with a random assemblage of generic parts. For this one was supposed to fork over a minimum of $550,000, but at least your car would look like an intergalactic spaceship. |
Gumpert filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
Ford Thunderbird (59,200 sold) After being on hiatus for several years, Ford introduced a new Thunderbird for 2002.
|Returning to the original formula for the Thunderbird, the latest version had a two-seat coupe/convertible layout like the first-generation Thunderbird and retrofuturistic styling to match.|
With sales dropping off significantly after its first model year, Ford decided to make the 2005 model year the Thunderbird's last. The last car rolled off the assembly line on July 1, 2005.
|Chevrolet SSR (23,479 sold) Some people like the SSRs, but those people probably have never driven one. They are big, heavy, and cumbersome. A convertible pick up truck with two seats is a problem nobody asked for the answer to.|
|Cadillac XLR (13,302 sold) Cadillac's flagship sports car, the XLR was based on the Chevrolet Corvette's Y platform. The XLR featured its own unique styling, interior, and suspension, and power-retractable aluminum hardtop, along with the Cadillac Northstar engine. The XLR ended production after the 2009 model year.|
|Acura ZDX (5,828 sold) They made an incredibly ugly crossover with no utility. You can't fit anything or anyone in it, and its disgusting to look at. I'm pretty sure they don't remember what they were thinking either."|
|Lexus LS 600h L (2,055 sold) A hybrid version of the LS 460, it's supposed to compete with the 12-cylinder versions of the BMW 7-series and Audi A8, the problem is it doesn't perform as well as them, and it gets far worse fuel mileage. And it costs a ton of money.|
|Mitsubishi i MiEV (1,420 sold) "Meev" is a tiny little electrically powered pod. Essentially its a little electric car with very little range.|