I usually like to share beautiful images on this site. Art, design, nature, anything that pleases the eye. Today I’m taking you briefly in the opposite direction. After much research and consulting, I’ve gathered images of some of the most horrifically ugly cars ever produced. These rides are so gnarly you’d rather be driven to work in an Amish man’s buggy as opposed to be seen inside. As ugly is in the eye of the beholder, these are in no specific order.
The Multipla freakshow makes all sorts of ugly top-ten lists, including this one. Like a dented-head fish or an autistic gerbil, this Fiat is an oddball.
AMC sure did put the pedal to the ugly-metal in its last years in existence. Take the so-homely-I’m-lovable Eagle. Usually outfitted in that lovely maroon and fake wood, this 4wd car is considered the predecessor to the modern-day crossover SUV.
For the Italian ultra-performance-luxury company, the LM002 was an odd departure. This monstrosity looks like a stillborn Triceratops dipped in cherry coating. Even more hilarious, the V12 “Rambo-Lambo” was owned by famous nuts like Hunter S. Thompson and former dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi.
Ahh, the Aztek. Widely perceived as one of the ugliest cars ever made, it certainly steals the honors from the last decade. With the bulky, sagging form to the highly confusing and terrible beak, Pontiac (Pontiak?) really did justice to the ancient Mexican civilization with this hunk of metal.
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
If a car itself could resemble a pedofile, the 1986 Cutlass Supreme might be that car. Known best for its ability to lower property values in the neighborhoods where its found, the Cutlass Supreme showcases the best in General Motors ineptitude, and the heyday of 80’s ugliness.
One of my personal favorites in the pantheon of ugly cars, the Skylark is so horrendous that I wrote a college essay purely about its looks. To the designer’s credit, the car does resemble a bird. But it’s a bird that’s been addicted to oxycodone, and one that the mother promptly kicked out of the nest.
The Edsel may go down as one of the most expensive flops in automotive history. After a huge media push and public anticipation, Ford announced the future of cars: The Edsel. The response was a collective gasp. A popular joke at the time, the Edsel “resembled an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon”. Some speculated that the car failed to sell because its grille resembled vulva. Ouch.
Chevrolet Lumina APV/Pontiac Trans Sport
No car had a greater admiration for the Dustbuster than the joint Chevy Lumina/Pontiac Trans Sport. Modeled after the handheld vacuum to a scary degree, this wedge of automotive history deserves credit for pulling off such a good mimic of a household appliance.
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What’s your favorite of this ugly bunch? Do some of you drive one of these design wrecks? Do you defend one of these ‘mothas?
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