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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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To: DemforBush

I agree with most of his picks, but the Bricklin, Volvo 240, Delorean, Plymouth Prowler, VW New Beetle, and the PT Cruiser in my humble opinion should never have made the list. The Pinto in it’s day wasn’t a bad looking car either.


51 posted on 11/03/2009 9:40:59 AM PST by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: kidd
There’s no time machine. No Mr. Fusion. No flux capacitor.

While we're on the subject, I think that John Lithgow would have been a hoot as "Doc". He was the original choice for the part.

52 posted on 11/03/2009 9:41:47 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

almost every new vehicle is butt ugly these days- gone are the days of stylish cool looking vehicles- GTO, Road-Runners, AC Cobra, Galaxy 500, Thunderbirds etc- they all had awesome styling- now practically every new car all looks like other brands- Aerodynamics really killed the stylisness of the oldies but goodies


53 posted on 11/03/2009 9:42:10 AM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Fighting Irish

My dad used to work on 2 of those delorians- got to ‘road test’ them after workign on them quite often :)


54 posted on 11/03/2009 9:43:46 AM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Fighting Irish

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!

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I totally agree with you. Even after all these years, it still looks fantastic to me.


55 posted on 11/03/2009 9:44:32 AM PST by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: Fighting Irish
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!!!

It's got a distinctive appearance and I wouldn't call it ugly - but I did once have the misfortune of driving one. What a disappointment.

56 posted on 11/03/2009 9:44:37 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: JoeProBono

This is the one I was looking for - I KNEW it would be on this list!!! LOL


57 posted on 11/03/2009 9:44:54 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: DemforBush
I think the author/critic is an idiot. MOST of the cars are not ugly. Furthermore, he included some that are classics of design (eg the DeLorean).
58 posted on 11/03/2009 9:45:03 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( The Constitution needs No interpreting, only APPLICATION!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

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

Lol- that’s like trading in a WartHog for a Hairless Cat lol


59 posted on 11/03/2009 9:45:56 AM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Fighting Irish

Wasn’t that designed by the Italian genius Giugiaro? If not, it shows the influence of his work.


60 posted on 11/03/2009 9:46:11 AM PST by hellbender
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To: spetznaz

Hah!! I was looking for that hideosity...


61 posted on 11/03/2009 9:46:17 AM PST by wigswest
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To: DemforBush
What? No Trabant?


62 posted on 11/03/2009 9:46:43 AM PST by chopperman
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To: DemforBush
Remember this Caddy for the common man (1988 Cimarron)? It was a (somewhat) souped up Chevy Cavalier!


63 posted on 11/03/2009 9:47:43 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: kidd

It sure is!


64 posted on 11/03/2009 9:49:07 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( The Constitution needs No interpreting, only APPLICATION!)
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To: chopperman
Wartburg.


65 posted on 11/03/2009 9:49:19 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

It’s on the list.

And it was a terrible car. A Chevy Cavalier with power everything.

But as bad as it was... I don’t think it was all that ugly.


66 posted on 11/03/2009 9:51:01 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: Revolting cat!

67 posted on 11/03/2009 9:51:13 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: GeronL

Hey, the Element is not ugly if you want a functional beast for hauling stuff. The problem is that its weight and poor aerodynamics means poor fuel economy. Otherwise I would buy one.


68 posted on 11/03/2009 9:54:14 AM PST by hellbender
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To: TexasBeth

In the mid 70’s a friend of mine had a Gremlin, black on black. We put a highly modified AMC 401 in it, a Super T10 tranny and a narrowed Ford 9” rear end with 4.11, equipped with a Detroit locker. Short wheelbase resulting in great weight transfer made for the finest stop light drag racer ever. And talk about a sleeper, all the Camaro and Mustang folks never, ever told their buddys a Gremlin kicked their butts and then mopped the floor with what was left of them!!!! The thing was just awesome off the line.


69 posted on 11/03/2009 9:54:14 AM PST by biff
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To: CottShop

My Gremlin was tough little car. I was hard on it. Layed it on its side in a ditch trying to see how fast I could drive in reverse. Turns out....not that fast. Old farmer pulled us out and it drove away just fine.


70 posted on 11/03/2009 9:54:51 AM PST by TexasBeth
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To: chopperman
“What? No Trabant?”

Yeah, I wondered about that too.

The Germans used to tell a joke:

Do you know how to triple the value of a Trabie?

Fill up the gas tank!

71 posted on 11/03/2009 9:56:42 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( The Constitution needs No interpreting, only APPLICATION!)
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To: DemforBush

You don’t have to go back 50 years to find ugly.

There’s plenty of ugly for sale today (or not long ago):

Nissan Murano
Mercedes R Class
Kia Soul
Subaru Tribeca (previous verson)
Subaru Impreza/WRX
Mazda 3 (current version)
Mazda 5
Mazda CX-7
Toyota Prius
Scion x-box (current version)
Mini Cooper
Chrysler Crossfire
PT Cruiser
Toyota Yaris
Porsche Cayenne
Audi TT
Audi Q7
VW New Beetle
Volvo C30


72 posted on 11/03/2009 9:57:34 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." Herbert Hoover, 1932)
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To: biff

They were fun to drive. I had to learn to double clutch before I could learn to drive. This car was what my dad bought for my mom as part of the divorce settlement. I got it from her with a dead battery.


73 posted on 11/03/2009 9:58:09 AM PST by TexasBeth
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Separated at birth?
74 posted on 11/03/2009 9:59:01 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: dfwgator

LOL! :)


75 posted on 11/03/2009 10:01:25 AM PST by proud American in Canada (my former tagline "We can, and we will prevail" doesn't fit with the usurper's goals.)
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To: Califreak

Looks like a Nazi staff car


76 posted on 11/03/2009 10:02:25 AM PST by mlmr (Angry with what leftists are doing to our country, our children and our culture...)
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To: Fresh Wind

Jeez, how could I forget the Smart Car or the Toyauto FJ cruiser?


77 posted on 11/03/2009 10:02:30 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." Herbert Hoover, 1932)
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To: latina4dubya

It’s a Pontiac Aztek. It’s the SUV version of the Toyota Pious, more ugly and angular, only not a hybrid.


78 posted on 11/03/2009 10:03:00 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: DemforBush
I didn't know they made a Star Trek Work Bee in to a car! List is somewhat nuts, the Prowler, DeLorean and Enzo are hot!
79 posted on 11/03/2009 10:03:32 AM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

My best friend in highschool had a family with a volkswagon bug, a pacer and a gremlin in the driveway. Would that be a trifecta?


80 posted on 11/03/2009 10:05:04 AM PST by mlmr (Angry with what leftists are doing to our country, our children and our culture...)
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To: chopperman

I was surprised by that as well. If the myriad Citroens made in onto the list, surely this shoddy Citroen rip off should be there to.


81 posted on 11/03/2009 10:06:26 AM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Fresh Wind
Kia Soul (barf alert):


82 posted on 11/03/2009 10:06:51 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." Herbert Hoover, 1932)
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To: Hoffer Rand

L.O.L......agreed!


83 posted on 11/03/2009 10:07:15 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: DemforBush

The Cimmarron wasn’t as bad as the hideous 1985 maroon/silver DeVille that tried to look like a Rolls. OMG!! I hated that car.


84 posted on 11/03/2009 10:07:16 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: edge10
Even BMW has an entry in this race.


85 posted on 11/03/2009 10:08:18 AM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Califreak

I drive an older model of the Scion, it’s yellow. I love it, but then I don’t have to see it in traffic!


86 posted on 11/03/2009 10:08:43 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America, and wake us up while you're about it!)
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To: Fresh Wind
Mazda 3 (vomit):


87 posted on 11/03/2009 10:09:10 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." Herbert Hoover, 1932)
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To: DemforBush

GM HHR. A mini-hearse without the morbid appeal.

88 posted on 11/03/2009 10:09:47 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The People have abdicated our duties; ... and anxiously hope for just two things: bread and circuses)
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To: A. Patriot
Red Green's mean machine......
89 posted on 11/03/2009 10:10:53 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Fighting Irish

Ridiculous! The DeLorean and the PT Cruiser made the list and not the Cadillac DeVille???? This list has NO credibility!!


90 posted on 11/03/2009 10:11:13 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Califreak

Agreed. I have hated those ugly little things ever since the first one I saw. A stinking box with wheels, Woo-hoo!


91 posted on 11/03/2009 10:11:40 AM PST by vpintheak (4-times an extremist)
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To: DemforBush

I love the Chevy SSR. Maybe because I’m old enough to have grown up with the ‘48-’53 Chevy trucks.

The Plymouth Prowler is gorgeous. Yes, it suffered from the bumper safety requirements of the gov’t, but how can these idiots call it ugly? Or the Ferrari?

Also I love El Caminos.


92 posted on 11/03/2009 10:13:41 AM PST by Zman516 (socialists & muslims -- satan's useful idiots.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Good Lord, that’s CRAP!!! I had an RX7 and LOVED it!! The Mazdaranians have gone nuts.


93 posted on 11/03/2009 10:14:16 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: spetznaz

Totally agree..................


94 posted on 11/03/2009 10:14:43 AM PST by Osage Orange (Obama's a self-made man who worships his own creator...............)
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To: Zman516

Agree on the SSR. Beautiful design.


95 posted on 11/03/2009 10:15:13 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." Herbert Hoover, 1932)
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To: DemforBush

The El Camino was not a ugly “car”......


96 posted on 11/03/2009 10:16:37 AM PST by Osage Orange (Obama's a self-made man who worships his own creator...............)
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To: Fresh Wind

Hey, I like the WRX, Audi, and Mazda 3. WRX is a blast to drive. The ugliest car to me is the PT Cruiser.


97 posted on 11/03/2009 10:19:17 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: spetznaz
I have a soft spot in my heart for the Aztec. I am a freelance photographer and one of the most beautiful models I ever worked with drove an Aztec. Not only was she absolutely gorgeous, she was really nice. That's pretty rare in the world of models. They are frequently attractive but absolute nuts to work with. Not so this young lady.

And the avoid the certain TTIWWP flame here's a shot of her:


98 posted on 11/03/2009 10:19:44 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America, and wake us up while you're about it!)
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To: Deb
I guess you won't like this one either!


99 posted on 11/03/2009 10:20:39 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." Herbert Hoover, 1932)
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To: DemforBush

Citroën 2CV Bamboo

100 posted on 11/03/2009 10:21:42 AM PST by cynwoody
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