Toyota Yaris Forums - Ultimate Yaris Enthusiast Site
 

 


 
Go Back   Toyota Yaris Forums - Ultimate Yaris Enthusiast Site > Members Area > Off-topic / Other Cars / Everything else Discussions
  The Tire Rack

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-03-2009, 02:44 PM   #1
KCALB SIRAY
それを吸ってください
 
KCALB SIRAY's Avatar
 
Drives: black sand lb
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Virginia
Posts: 8,894
50 Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years

Defined by Businessweek, here is a list of 50 ugliest cars of the past 50 years. If you think they have one wrong, please share your story if you've owned one or would like to add one to the mix.

1) Chevrolet El Camino
Introduced: 1959

The front end of a car and the back end of a pickup—convenient but unsightly. The El Camino went through several redesigns, each worse than the one before. This 1982 model seemed to be wearing dental braces, and the chrome accents over its wheel housing only draw the eye to mystifying hub caps.


2) Citron Ami
Introduced: 1961
Design: Flaminio Bertoni

This car has fenders that drop below the tire line and a top that extends from the back like a porch roof. Add some oddly shaped windows and dot-sized brake lights for a uniquely strange-looking vehicle.


3) Lightburn Zeta
Introduced: 1963

This Australian car was designed by a maker of cement mixers and washing machines, but that might be obvious. There are two grilles, both in a fence-like pattern, with protruding headlights on either side.


4)Wartburg 353
Introduced: 1965

Can you find one thing you like about this East German car?


5) Volkswagen Thing
Introduced: 1969

This is the design philosophy of the Thing: Take the basics of the Beetle—an engine, powertrain, and seats—and plop them in an unfinished metal box. There's no front grille, the bumper is an afterthought, and nobody bothered to round the fenders.


6) AMC Gremlin
Introduced: 1970
Design: Richard A. Teague

Introduced on April Fool's Day, the Gremlin was ugly, but it's had its fans. Still, that doesn't excuse the abruptly angled back end, saucer hubcaps, and aborted rear windows. It also came in some nasty colors, like the brown-copper concoction seen here.


7) Bond Bug
Introduced: 1970
Design: Ogle Design

No, it has nothing to do with James Bond, and yes, it was legally driven on real roads. The Bug defies car design language with three wheels, a boat-like bottom, and zip windows.


8) Ford Pinto
Introduced: 1970
Design: Robert Eidschun

The Pinto doesn't seem so bad—that is, until you remember how sexy Fords (F) from the 1960s were. The design devolved into hexagonal headlight housings, a grille that's only a few inches tall yet wide enough to become the car's focal point, and a rear end that apparently melted from the roof.


9) Ford Mustang II
Introduced: Late 1973

Somehow, Ford transformed the classic first-generation Mustang into this. Gone are the sleek lines, side intakes, and close-to-the-road profile. Instead, the Mustang II looks like many cars of the '70s: bloated, heavy, bland, and forgettable.


10) Bricklin SV1
Introduced: 1974

This ride has a well-earned reputation for being a complete mechanical clunker—and it looked like one, too. The front end is squared like an awful dress shoe, is wider than the driver's cabin, and rises high before sloping down dramatically, giving it a front-heavy, unstable appearance.


11) Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar
Introduced: 1974
Design: Bob Beaumont

The CitiCar might hold the record for being the most widely produced, street-legal, electric vehicle, but that doesn't make up for its looks. The sloped front end and zip-windows give it the appearance of a rolling tent.



Here is the link to the remainder of the cars. http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09...50_years/1.htm Feel free to add to the list or share your stories of owning one or of a trip you took when you were young and your parents packed up the old (insert car name)

Last edited by KCALB SIRAY; 11-03-2009 at 02:56 PM.
KCALB SIRAY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2009, 03:12 PM   #2
tomato
Super Moderator
 
tomato's Avatar
 
Drives: Yaris 2DR LB 07, MT, Abs. Red
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 5,155
Hahahaha!!

Of course, this list is highly subjective, you know what they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder ;)

However, I immediately thought of the Pinto, too. I know it's not that bad looking, but compared to the other cars on the road at the time, you couldn't help but think "who designed THAT?!!! and what where they smoking?"

I remember the AMI, the AMI 6 especially was very popular, but let me tell ya, there was uglier. I learned how to drive on an old beat-up 4L like this one during a vacation trip through Brittany a long time ago. The car was so rusted we were worried we'd fall through the floorboard

__________________
Follow Bamboo the YarisWorld Traveler here
tomato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2009, 11:24 PM   #3
tomato
Super Moderator
 
tomato's Avatar
 
Drives: Yaris 2DR LB 07, MT, Abs. Red
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 5,155
do you really think #10 is ugly?
__________________
Follow Bamboo the YarisWorld Traveler here
tomato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2009, 11:42 PM   #4
Yar Is Word
 
Drives: Yaris 5 door liftback
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 648
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Attached Images
File Type: jpg gremlin_rs_70.jpg (85.7 KB, 157 views)
File Type: jpg 1977gx.jpg (67.4 KB, 157 views)
Yar Is Word is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2009, 11:47 PM   #5
Yar Is Word
 
Drives: Yaris 5 door liftback
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 648
1959 Edsel
Attached Images
File Type: jpg imagesCA23ZWN2.jpg (6.0 KB, 157 views)
Yar Is Word is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 12:13 AM   #6
SilverBack
Joey
 
SilverBack's Avatar
 
Drives: '14 Scion xD 5-speed
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: El Monte, Ca
Posts: 3,529
Send a message via AIM to SilverBack
1987 Zimmer Golden Spirit

__________________
Formerly owned Met-Met. '07 Yaris LB 5-speed.

A forum post should be like a skirt: Long enough to cover the subject but short enough to keep things interesting.

"I don't have an anger problem. I have an idiot problem." -Hank Hill
SilverBack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 12:22 AM   #7
SIPNGAS
I LOVE my Yaris!
 
SIPNGAS's Avatar
 
Drives: 2007 Polar White LB
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 5,164
Send a message via MSN to SIPNGAS Send a message via Yahoo to SIPNGAS
This is a GREAT thread!! Don't be hating the Gremlins/Pacers of the world...there are some around here (former home to AMC) that ROCK, I tell you. ;o)
__________________
We don't see things as THEY are...we see them as WE are.

Lisa
aka SIPNGAS
SIPNGAS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 12:40 AM   #8
TLyttle
 
TLyttle's Avatar
 
Drives: 07 Yaris sedan
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Keremeos BC
Posts: 986
I was just cruising through my copy of "The World's Worst Cars" and Gremlin/Pacer are prominent. So is the Wartburg, the Amphicar, the Trabant, some Citroens, the overblown Triumph Mayflower, on and on.

I still don't know why the Pinto is included; it got a bad rap from a engineering error (!), but my buddy had a Runamuck that ran and ran and ran, we couldn't kill it. I've driven a few examples, and it was a predictable car with few bad habits; it's only fault in my mind was that it was too heavy. Mess with that engine, and it was capable of a LOT of power...
TLyttle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 12:44 AM   #9
Bob Dog
DARK PHASE OF THE MOON
 
Bob Dog's Avatar
 
Drives: 07 liftback
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: the Boondocks, NC
Posts: 993
Sorry Lisa, but the Gremlin I had ,which I bought for $250 because it had good tires and ran, was the most awful car I have ever owned without any exceptions. I have driven Ford tractors and one ton trucks that steered easier. I think this article could just as easily be called the 50 boldest automotive designs of the 20th century. These cars were for the most part designs which told the status quo to go screw itself, which may be why a conservative magazine like Business Week hates them so much. I personally think that some of the El Caminos,especially the late 60s models, were the most beautiful trucks ever designed.
Bob Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 01:25 AM   #10
Altitude
 
Altitude's Avatar
 
Drives: '08 LB MT Bayou
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,671
What? No '86 Camaro?
Altitude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 01:53 AM   #11
tomato
Super Moderator
 
tomato's Avatar
 
Drives: Yaris 2DR LB 07, MT, Abs. Red
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 5,155
OK, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
You tell me.
Sorry about the pix sizes
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCN1414.jpg (188.6 KB, 145 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN1422.jpg (180.8 KB, 144 views)
__________________
Follow Bamboo the YarisWorld Traveler here
tomato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 02:54 AM   #12
SilverBack
Joey
 
SilverBack's Avatar
 
Drives: '14 Scion xD 5-speed
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: El Monte, Ca
Posts: 3,529
Send a message via AIM to SilverBack
You just reminded of the '54-'62 Hudson/Nash Metropolitan


Maybe someone will add that to the gay car thread if it's ever made

Quote:
Originally Posted by Altitude View Post
What? No '86 Camaro?
Nope never. Love that car too much
__________________
Formerly owned Met-Met. '07 Yaris LB 5-speed.

A forum post should be like a skirt: Long enough to cover the subject but short enough to keep things interesting.

"I don't have an anger problem. I have an idiot problem." -Hank Hill
SilverBack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 02:57 AM   #13
tomato
Super Moderator
 
tomato's Avatar
 
Drives: Yaris 2DR LB 07, MT, Abs. Red
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 5,155
^ awwww, but that one is cute!! Mine looks like an ancient Honda Fit or something ;)

I'm making fun but I have a *lot* of respect for classic cars, though, especially cars from the 50's and before. I DNK, when I see them on the roads, it just feels real good to see them around
__________________
Follow Bamboo the YarisWorld Traveler here
tomato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 03:00 AM   #14
tomato
Super Moderator
 
tomato's Avatar
 
Drives: Yaris 2DR LB 07, MT, Abs. Red
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 5,155
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yar Is Word View Post
1959 Edsel
I like that one!
__________________
Follow Bamboo the YarisWorld Traveler here
tomato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 03:51 AM   #15
Snappy
 
Drives: 2 Yaris Hatchbacks
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 44
Beauty is subjective, but REALLY, the El Camino is their ugliest!?

(Google pictures examples.)
Attached Images
File Type: jpg chevrolet_el_camino_ss_.jpg (39.3 KB, 137 views)
File Type: jpg c84ecss1.jpg (22.6 KB, 137 views)
Snappy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 04:28 AM   #16
ZING
 
ZING's Avatar
 
Drives: Yaris '09,GTi '09, BMW 3.30ci
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lebanon, Middle East.
Posts: 582
HAHA, the VW Thing is hilarious.
__________________
WTB: BlackBerry covers
ZING is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 04:38 AM   #17
tk-421
Super Moderator
 
tk-421's Avatar
 
Drives: 5D-07-LB
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Dagobah
Posts: 4,263
What? No Pontiac Aztek?


EDIT: I just saw the original list and it is indeed there...
__________________

Last edited by tk-421; 11-05-2009 at 11:00 PM.
tk-421 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2009, 08:23 AM   #18
SailDesign
 
Drives: .
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: .
Posts: 1,931
Quote:
Originally Posted by tk-421 View Post
What? No Pontiac Aztek?
That's "Ass-Tek" to you, buddy!
SailDesign is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
other cars... alhope34 Off-topic / Other Cars / Everything else Discussions 46 11-09-2010 08:31 AM
Scion Evolution Douchbaggery sdmf Off-topic / Other Cars / Everything else Discussions 38 08-21-2007 05:14 AM
Yaris vs. VW Bug littlecarlove General Yaris / Vitz Discussion 19 12-15-2006 07:10 AM
Motor oil debate - interesting info but a long read. mikeukrainetz General Yaris / Vitz Discussion 6 12-10-2006 09:16 PM
Hard time choosing color; dark colored cars absorb more heat?? fantabulousbaby New YARIS Purchase Forum 21 08-07-2006 08:53 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:07 AM.




YarisWorld
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.