While car manufacturers today usually try to make cars visually appealing to consumers, there have been some definite misses in automobile design.
It’s hard to imagine anyone thinking that these cars would be top sellers, but some of them managed to do well in sales.
As a tribute to car designs – the 5 ugliest cars in the world:
#1: The Ford Pinto
This name quickly became synonymous with boring. The car had no distinguishing features and even Pinto owners didn’t like driving their own vehicle.
While these cars were certainly not flashy, they also make the list due to the added danger of driving one of these hazards. The Ford Pinto became known for its tendency to explode with a rear collision impact.
This was just one of the problems with this vehicle, but worthy of a number one spot on the ugly car list.
#2: The Corbin Sparrow
Certainly one of the most unique names for a car, this eyesore doesn’t live up to its flashy name, earning it the number two spot on the list.
However, even though it wasn’t a hit with car owners, it does deserve props for being one of the first electric vehicles. Almost more motorcycle than car, this eco-friendly creation dates back to 1999.
Car manufacturers claimed that it would be more than 150 miles on a single charge, but even this was not enough to keep consumers from seeing the snout nose, pizza butt shape, and jelly bean body. It looked like a computer gadget from Apple, not something that you would want to see on the road.
#3: The Subaru Brat
The makers of this car called it the Brat which stood for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter. We call it hideous.
While there is some excuse for this car due to the fact that it was manufactured in the 1970s, it has the appearance of a truck-like vehicle without having any of the benefits or uses of one.
The makers of the Brat tried to make a streamlined version of the truck and managed to come out with a hugely unpopular car. Not handy for transporting people or hauling, the Brat earns the number three spot on the list.
#4: The Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin hasn’t been a huge name today, but in the past it was synonymous with luxury and style. The only exception to this rule was the unfortunate case of the Lagonda.
This was another 70’s design disaster and was supposed to appeal to high end clients. Unfortunately, it ended up being a huge loss for Aston Martin and ended up hurting the company.
In addition, the interior electronic systems had major problems and the company was never able to work out the bugs in the system. The drab shape of the car makes it a complete failure in the vehicle industry.
#5: The Nissan Cube
Rounding out the top five list is this vehicle. Overall, Nissan is a great brand. They have affordable and reliable cars that are good for everyday use. However, Nissan took a sharp detour from their mission with the Cube.
Perhaps the car company was trying to strike a note with mathematicians, but the boxy design of the car left most consumers scratching their heads. The awkward design left a lot to be desired and even though the Cube didn’t do too badly in sales, it still left a lot to be desired.
The main selling point of this car was that there were no bells and whistles behind the Cube. Certainly true, but a few bells and whistles might have helped in the design stage.
These are the 5 ugliest cars in the world today. Some of them date back to the 1970s which was not a great time for car design, but there are some recent additions as well. For a complete look at the 50 ugliest cars made in the past 50 years, take a look at http://www.ranker.com/list/the-ugliest-cars-in-the-world/car-lists.
This comprehensive list is updated yearly and is based on consumer and expert rankings. While car designs change every year, there is always another ugly design just waiting to come out.
However, even though there are always some duds, we enjoy seeing and ranking these mishaps just as much as seeing the sleek designs.