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Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years (according to BusinessWeek)
BusinessWeek ^ | Damien Joseph

Posted on 11/03/2009 9:01:16 AM PST by DemforBush

Considering how many new cars are rolled out every year, it's no surprise that a few might be just plain homely. There's a chance that certain styles might become fashionable with a dash of retro hip. (Well, maybe not from the 1970s.) But for the most part, the following 50 cars will never be anything but design duds...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: automotive; cars
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Interesting list. Some I agree with (Cadillac Cimmarron = BAD!), some others I think either aren't ugly or were merely products of their time (i.e. they seem dated, but but were reasonably stylish in their day).
1 posted on 11/03/2009 9:01:16 AM PST by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush

"You think you hate it now, just wait until you drive it."

2 posted on 11/03/2009 9:03:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: DemforBush

Honda Element, I think it was a Honda. Maybe they accidently sent us some of the Chinese knock-offs. They are ugly.

Is the Yugo on the list??

I kinda liked some of the El Camino’s but definitely not the Ford Ranchero or the GMC Cabillero. (haha.. )


3 posted on 11/03/2009 9:06:51 AM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: DemforBush

I agree. Some of these are not actually ugly. Some are indeed hideous while others were considered quite stylish for the time in which they were introduced to the market.


4 posted on 11/03/2009 9:06:58 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: dfwgator

What about the blue super-sports wagon with the CB radio and the optional rally fun pack?


5 posted on 11/03/2009 9:07:53 AM PST by skeeter (Pterocarya fraxinifolia)
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To: DemforBush
Well, a quick review of the "off the marques":

SSR - looked fine, just way too expensive for me.

El Caminos (Rancheros too) were fine looking , though fairly useless. Australia has all sorts of Sport-Utes. Bad Call.

PT Cruisers are often OK looking. Well done from a conceptual standpoint. I test drove a couple and didn't like them as a driver, but they look OK from the outside.

6 posted on 11/03/2009 9:08:12 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: DemforBush
Glad to see the revolting Honda Element and Nissan Cube on the list. However, I was surprised that only one Scion made the cut -- I'm not aware of a single model that looks good.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but still...

7 posted on 11/03/2009 9:08:42 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: DemforBush
This comment from the article shows at least part of the author's agenda...

the Escalade is for looking rich while you're burning gasoline.

8 posted on 11/03/2009 9:09:28 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: DemforBush
Some aren't all that bad.

I want to know why Scion isn't on the list.

That thing is hideous.

9 posted on 11/03/2009 9:10:13 AM PST by Califreak (Obama's Purple Reign must be stopped!)
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To: GeronL

Apparently the Dodge Rampage was also an El Camino type vehicle and an Australian thing called the Holden Ute was too.


10 posted on 11/03/2009 9:10:17 AM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: DemforBush

I’ll take the Ferrari, if anyone wants to unload an ugly vehicle. I’ll suffer the humiliation of driving it...


11 posted on 11/03/2009 9:10:55 AM PST by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: dfwgator
Looks like Alan Colmes in the middle, must be considering the cash for clunkers program. Must have gotten a promotion.

By the way the top ugliest car ever made "the Edsel"

12 posted on 11/03/2009 9:11:04 AM PST by annieokie (i)
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To: DemforBush
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

The DeLorean made the list of the top 50 ugly cars? This is perhaps one of the sweetest autos in the last ... well ... 50 years!!!

Shhhheeeeeeeeesh!


13 posted on 11/03/2009 9:11:48 AM PST by Fighting Irish ("I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: dfwgator

I’m working at the Car Wash....


14 posted on 11/03/2009 9:13:42 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: DemforBush

Some of those just had bad finish color combinations.

Those teeny tiny cars are all we will be allowed to drive soon.


15 posted on 11/03/2009 9:14:11 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (A trade: Conservative Anglicans for Liberal Catholics and a heretic to be named later.)
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To: DemforBush

LOL, my first car was number 7 on the list. I had a baby poop green Gremlin.


16 posted on 11/03/2009 9:14:33 AM PST by TexasBeth
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To: DemforBush

The Thing, the Element and the Gremlin all made the list.

Good.

So did the Nano, but I didn’t see a SmartCar


17 posted on 11/03/2009 9:14:55 AM PST by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: Fighting Irish

Needs a Mr. Fusion and those idiots at Newsweek don’t know beautiful when they see it.


18 posted on 11/03/2009 9:15:18 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: DemforBush

My inner-gearhead thinks this list has a lot of errors. It also has some holier than thou commentary.

Example on the Cadillac Escalade: “One of the most self-indulgent vehicles ever made, the Escalade is for looking rich while you’re burning gasoline.” Uh... it’s a luxury truck. It’s intended to be self indulgent and who cares how much gas it burns. I owned a Cadillac STS recently, was it self indulgent- YES! I wanted one and didn’t care about gas mileage.


19 posted on 11/03/2009 9:15:21 AM PST by Made In The USA (Communists need not apply.)
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To: Fighting Irish

I don’t think that’s a DeLorean


20 posted on 11/03/2009 9:15:44 AM PST by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: Fighting Irish

The DeLorean still looks good today.


21 posted on 11/03/2009 9:15:46 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (A trade: Conservative Anglicans for Liberal Catholics and a heretic to be named later.)
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To: Mr Rogers

I think the Ferrari Enzo is beautiful.
I like the Plymouth Prowler too.


22 posted on 11/03/2009 9:16:29 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: DemforBush

23 posted on 11/03/2009 9:16:32 AM PST by GI Joe Fan (GI Joe represents Real American Heroes, not a bunch of globalist drones.)
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To: kidd
I don’t think that’s a DeLorean

You're right. That's that other stainless-steel, gull wing car- . . . um, I can think of the name right now.

24 posted on 11/03/2009 9:17:20 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (A trade: Conservative Anglicans for Liberal Catholics and a heretic to be named later.)
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To: DemforBush
Designed for the KGB to get the anti-socialist Elements off the streets.


25 posted on 11/03/2009 9:17:38 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: DemforBush

These guys are idiots. Ferrari anything is gorgeous. The Hummer is still cool.

The “Thing”, I always wanted one.

And lastly those bastard had my first car in this list, The Pinto! Outrageous!!! lol

I demand a recount!!! LOL


26 posted on 11/03/2009 9:19:27 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: GeronL
I had a 69 El Camino. It was a sweet looking ride based on the Chevelle platform.

It had “big fat tires and everything”.

These guys are nuts.

27 posted on 11/03/2009 9:19:47 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Conservatives THINK people are smart. Liberals KNOW people are stupid.)
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To: DemforBush
I checked the list and found the Pontiac Aztek ...that's all I needed to see. Had the vehicle been missing the list would have been false. However, since the Aztek is there then the list is at least accurate in that respect.

The Aztek is an ugly guilty beast!


28 posted on 11/03/2009 9:20:26 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: DemforBush

29 posted on 11/03/2009 9:20:53 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: TexasBeth

Heh. I had a girlfriend who traded in her Gremlin for an AMC Pacer. I think that qualifies as an exacta.


30 posted on 11/03/2009 9:21:03 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (It's better to give a Ford to the Kidney Foundation than a kidney to the Ford Foundation.)
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To: DemforBush

One could argue that all the latest sedans are as ugly as a week old bar of soap. All would qualify. The Gremlin may have looked weird but at least it was distinctive. Now you can’t tell one white/silver ugly sedan from the next.

On the other hand, while they might not be classified as cars, they are used as such and so the Aztek should have topped the list with the Avalanch and Ridgeline hold close runner-up spots. And the Prius. Don’t forget the Prius.


31 posted on 11/03/2009 9:21:04 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Yeah, and I bet they never had dirt/grease under their fingernails.


32 posted on 11/03/2009 9:21:12 AM PST by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: GI Joe Fan

There are three or four cars in this Pontiac...


33 posted on 11/03/2009 9:21:20 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: DemforBush

Volvo 240’s and 140’s are to me the greatest vehicles of the 60’s and 70’s—and maybe even of the 80’s.

Practical, safe, high quality materials—easy to take apart and repair—even decades after they were made.


34 posted on 11/03/2009 9:22:41 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: DemforBush
The cube of crap......
35 posted on 11/03/2009 9:23:41 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: DemforBush

The El Camino shouldn’t be on that list.
I saw a partially restored SS at the Lowes the other day.
Had a 70 year-old lady behind the wheel, but she knew what she was driving.


36 posted on 11/03/2009 9:23:51 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Fighting Irish
Yeah, I was a little surprised at that too. Turns out the Escalade is on the ugly list too.

Might reflect a bit of the green agenda

"In a Yugo..."

37 posted on 11/03/2009 9:25:02 AM PST by skimbell
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To: DemforBush
The Enzo was on that list?

What kind of a Metro-sexual poofter wrote that article anyway?

38 posted on 11/03/2009 9:25:49 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III)
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To: woodbutcher1963; Mr Rogers

Concur.
I’d suffer the “humiliation” of having an Enzo or a Prowler parked in my driveway...


39 posted on 11/03/2009 9:26:33 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: DemforBush

40 posted on 11/03/2009 9:28:25 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: DemforBush
I'm fine with the list except for this:


41 posted on 11/03/2009 9:28:50 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: JoeProBono

I graduated in 1981. One of my friends family owned this car. They were all about 5’ 5”, 200+ pounds. We called it the Weeble Mobile.


42 posted on 11/03/2009 9:28:50 AM PST by job
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To: DemforBush

I remember both the Pinto and Chevette being introduced and man were they ugly looking.


43 posted on 11/03/2009 9:29:38 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: GI Joe Fan

what is that? i looks like a tennis shoe from the 90s...


44 posted on 11/03/2009 9:30:19 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: spetznaz
the Pontiac Aztek

yes--the car with the chopped-off ass... i think Rosie O'Donnell owned one...

45 posted on 11/03/2009 9:32:26 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Ferrari made the Enzo look dreadful, and now the new 458 is going to come close.

The 360 and 430 are some of Ferrari’s best work in decades.


46 posted on 11/03/2009 9:32:56 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: DemforBush

The writer is full of crap. Most of the cars are, at worst, ordinary. Many are downright cute. One or two are actually beautiful. (The ENZO is an ugly car?)


47 posted on 11/03/2009 9:36:33 AM PST by Little Ray (Obama is a kamikaze president aimed at the heart of this Republic.)
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To: DemforBush

Just about any car from France is ugly.


48 posted on 11/03/2009 9:37:55 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: Jeff Chandler

There’s no time machine. No Mr. Fusion. No flux capacitor.


49 posted on 11/03/2009 9:38:38 AM PST by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: DemforBush

What a bunch of BS, some of the coolest cars on the planet here!


50 posted on 11/03/2009 9:39:21 AM PST by bigbob
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