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Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years
Business Week ^ | Damian Joseph

Posted on 12/15/2009 6:24:04 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years

A Half-Century of Automotive Eyesores By Damian Joseph

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; Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: automotive; autos; cars; list; topten; ugly
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See them and weep...
1 posted on 12/15/2009 6:24:13 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Okay but why is the Enzo in there?


2 posted on 12/15/2009 6:27:07 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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To: DogByte6RER

No Edsel?


3 posted on 12/15/2009 6:27:46 PM PST by steelyourfaith (Time to prosecute Al Gore now that fellow scam artist Bernie Madoff is in stir.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Agree completely.


4 posted on 12/15/2009 6:28:44 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: DogByte6RER

I call bullsh!t on their opinions. My El Camino was the most enjoyable vehicle I ever owned in my lifetime so far. Wish they still made them.


5 posted on 12/15/2009 6:30:43 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: DogByte6RER
I don't think the Ferrari Enzo is an ugly car. The Pacer and Gremlin from the 70s were two ugly cars I didn't see on the list. The Toyota Rav 4 might not be great looking but they are good vehicles. Is the Prowler really an ugly car?
6 posted on 12/15/2009 6:31:59 PM PST by peeps36 (Democrats Don't Need No Stinking Input From You Little People)
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To: DogByte6RER

I would be willing to take any Ferrari Enzo’s off anybody’s hands that think they are ugly.


7 posted on 12/15/2009 6:35:13 PM PST by biff
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To: DogByte6RER

I first saw this list on Jalopnik back in November. A few of those cars should not be on the list. I cannot sum it up better than Jalopnik already did:

http://jalopnik.com/5396274/ten-vehicles-that-dont-belong-on-buisnessweeks-50-ugliest-cars-list/gallery/


8 posted on 12/15/2009 6:35:16 PM PST by BattleHymn
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To: DogByte6RER

Ridiculous list. Tons of worse looking cars to pick from.


9 posted on 12/15/2009 6:36:37 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: DogByte6RER

The ‘59 Chevrolet Impala should be #1.


10 posted on 12/15/2009 6:37:00 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: DogByte6RER

So where’s the Scion XB? That silly thing was designed by Matchbox.


11 posted on 12/15/2009 6:37:19 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("The solution to every ill is a cat." --TheOldLady)
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To: DogByte6RER

Please tell me the Ford Maverick is on that list.


12 posted on 12/15/2009 6:37:30 PM PST by tapatio
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To: peeps36

Pacer and Gremlin are both on the list.


13 posted on 12/15/2009 6:38:17 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: DogByte6RER

Aw, c’mon! “The Thing” is practically a kubelwagen! For a utilitarian passenger vehicle, I think it looks kinda cool!


14 posted on 12/15/2009 6:38:33 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Oh good lord. A list meant to PO everyone.

That Lambo LM has had more SUVs patterned after it then any car in history.


15 posted on 12/15/2009 6:40:23 PM PST by moehoward
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To: DogByte6RER

Completely subjective.

Someone really liked the Honda Element and wood paneled station wagons.


16 posted on 12/15/2009 6:40:39 PM PST by GeronL (Join the Palin Beer Summit Putsch!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

In the eye of the beholder! More than several there I would have liked to have. Several are getting big bucks too as collector vehicles. I would love a “Thing” down here in FL.


17 posted on 12/15/2009 6:41:23 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (This isn't my America any more, where is Mrs Cleaver?)
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To: BradyLS

Kubelwagen or schwimmwagen, either one would be fine in my driveway!


18 posted on 12/15/2009 6:42:44 PM PST by BattleHymn
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To: DogByte6RER
Apparently the author thinks all big SUVs are ugly just because they are big SUVs.

Some of those cars were truly ugly, others were just odd.

Then there are the Pacer and Gremlin which are in a by themselves.

19 posted on 12/15/2009 6:42:54 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Gore is the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. He rides an icy horse bringing cold wherever he goes.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Photobucket

Show some true ugliness

Blah....

20 posted on 12/15/2009 6:45:44 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: abb
I had a 69 El Camino. Best looking one ever built IMHO.

It was a Chevelle that could haul my Yamaha dirt bike out to the desert.

Best of both worlds...

21 posted on 12/15/2009 6:47:36 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (All Democrats weren't Slave Owners, but all Slave Owners were Democrats)
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To: DogByte6RER

The PT Cruiser is on the list???

I fell in love with it the first time I saw one! I love my purple PT!

Judging by how many PTs are on the road, I’m not alone in liking them.


22 posted on 12/15/2009 6:48:16 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: DogByte6RER
...Bought a 70’s Dodge Dart 4 door in the early 90’s, ugly, but the slant six 225 was the best motor I ever neglected. Ahhh, I changed the oil and radiator every year, I couldn't kill it, 5 years I owned it. I gave it to my stepson, he ran it to doom in DC in 2 weeks. Name was Rita, she got me around, a great ugly car...
23 posted on 12/15/2009 6:48:20 PM PST by gargoyle (..."I have not yet begun to fight" John Paul Jones...)
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To: EGPWS
Jeez my parents drove us around in this..
25 posted on 12/15/2009 6:49:13 PM PST by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Oh, man, there WERE some ugly ones in there! Aztek, Nissan Cube, Gremlin, Element ... tough to believe they started with a piece of blank paper and came up with those!!


26 posted on 12/15/2009 6:49:25 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (GOP: Stop listening, start doing -- we need new leaders!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

So where’s the Scion XB?

Is the Scion XB the stupid box Toyota built? I was sure looking for it, figuring it had to have made the list.

27 posted on 12/15/2009 6:49:33 PM PST by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: EGPWS
I see your Challenger, and raise you a Mitsuoka Orochi: Photobucket
28 posted on 12/15/2009 6:51:48 PM PST by BattleHymn
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To: Fast Moving Angel
... tough to believe they started with a piece of blank paper and came up with those!!

Would it be harder to believe if you add committees and management into the mix? :-D

29 posted on 12/15/2009 6:53:47 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: DogByte6RER

where’a the K-car?

and those godawful late 70s mustangs?


30 posted on 12/15/2009 6:54:07 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: DogByte6RER
It drove really well, but I always thought the Alfa Romeo Milano was a bit homely...
31 posted on 12/15/2009 6:55:58 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: DogByte6RER
Businessweek doesn’t seem to much about cars but you would think they would recognize the sales record some of these cars have.
32 posted on 12/15/2009 6:56:25 PM PST by ThomasThomas (Sometimes I like nuts. That's why I am here.)
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To: BattleHymn

Damn. That thing looks like it’ll eat you alive!


33 posted on 12/15/2009 6:56:35 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Hammerhead

K-Cars! My mom shoulda sued Chrysler over that lemon.


34 posted on 12/15/2009 6:58:34 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: DogByte6RER
Some of these ARE pretty ugly (the Fiat Multipla makes the Powell Homer look like a Raymond Loewy effort), while others don't strike me as worse than just dull (Taurus... Sable.. my eyes are getting heavy... z-z-z-z-z...), in need of a slight makeover (the Plymouth Prowler needed a tolerable front bumper and more horsepower), or too arcane to be included (the VW Thing was a kubelwagen, for crying out loud).

A few of them (like the Lightburn Zeta or Tata Nano) are so utili-homely that they'd be sort of cool if someone with time and money to burn was willing to do pro street versions.

Mr. niteowl77

35 posted on 12/15/2009 7:00:30 PM PST by niteowl77 (You wanted him, and now you have got him. I say, "Good day to you," America.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Any list like this has to be a bit difficult and there are some really ugly ones in here but also a few which I think are quite attractive.

The Delorean, Ferrari, Mercury Sable, and several others are not even slightly ugly.

The forgot the wagon queen family truckster.


36 posted on 12/15/2009 7:00:53 PM PST by yarddog
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To: abb

yeah, they seem to have criticized every unusual design whatsoever as ugly. I’m sure they think the Toyota Corolla parked in their driveway is some masterpiece of design. A very weak article.


37 posted on 12/15/2009 7:01:32 PM PST by beagleone
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To: DogByte6RER

38 posted on 12/15/2009 7:01:47 PM PST by ThomasThomas (Sometimes I like nuts. That's why I am here.)
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To: yarddog

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

39 posted on 12/15/2009 7:02:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: DogByte6RER

Ugliest car in history. Even uglier in person than in the photo.

40 posted on 12/15/2009 7:03:23 PM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: GSP.FAN

LOL! It sucked to be you as a kid.


41 posted on 12/15/2009 7:03:29 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: peeps36
They were right about the Enzo's being overkill. Wretched excess sculpted in metal. The Viper actually was a much better looking car, if you insist on your car looking like a scifi rocket ship.
42 posted on 12/15/2009 7:04:48 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: DogByte6RER
Could have had a few more Citroens, and retired the trophy. *gack* for about thirty years.
43 posted on 12/15/2009 7:05:57 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Domandred

This car may be a lot of things, but ugly ain't one of them.

They didn't like it because it was too flashy? Hello? Why would you buy a Ferrari if it wasn't flashy? That's what that car is all about.

44 posted on 12/15/2009 7:06:31 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: goseminoles
62 Valiant
45 posted on 12/15/2009 7:06:57 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: DogByte6RER

Was the Lamborghini LM002 supposed to be the challenge to the Hummer?


46 posted on 12/15/2009 7:06:59 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: DogByte6RER
How could this bad boy not be on the list:


47 posted on 12/15/2009 7:07:20 PM PST by Michael.SF. (At least Hitler got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: DogByte6RER
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

NOT THE DELORIAN!!!!!!

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/10/1028_50_ugliest_cars_of_past_50_years/20.htm
48 posted on 12/15/2009 7:07:53 PM PST by CJacobs (From the Ozark / Clarksville area)
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To: Gil4

The 2CV, ugly?! S’il vous plait!


49 posted on 12/15/2009 7:07:58 PM PST by BattleHymn
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To: BradyLS
There used to be a joke--

Q: "How are things?

A: Kiddin' me? No wonder the Germans lost the war.

50 posted on 12/15/2009 7:08:33 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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