We all heard the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but let’s be honest, there are some things that we can all agree on that are plain ugly. Lucky for us, there are many, many cars that this can be applicable to. Over the years, there have been many cars that fall into this criteria. In honor of these unfortunate creations, we’ve created this list of the ugliest cars we could find.
While Chrysler is overall a decent car manufacturer, they really dropped the ball with this one. The PT Cruiser is… A fail, to say the least. We don’t know much about the car performance, but from what we can see, the design is a complete and utter disaster.
Whoever created this abomination deserves an award for at least naming it accordingly. The Brubaker Box is as ugly as a car can get. It honestly looks like a terrible van drawn by a child that came to life. It’s an oddly-shaped box on wheels, literally. Some might say it looks like a gold klondike bar. However you choose to see it, this van might just be useful in case of a nuclear war. In any other scenario, we gotta say that we’ll pass on this one.
This little mishap looks rather like a blend of a boat, a car, and a motorcycle, and not in a good way. The Reliant Robin was actually one of the most popular fiberglass cars ever, and these days it earned a spot in Top Car Magazine’s list of the ugliest cars in the world. In 1973, this car was created to replace the Reliant Regal. We have nothing better to say about this other than it’s just ugly.
2010 Veritas RS III
By 2010, Vermot AG hasn’t been active in the automotive industry for 60 years or so. That year, they decided to make a serious comeback. All we can say is we wish they hadn’t. They created a car that looked like an actual monster – the 2010 Veritas RS III. Despite its plain hideous design, the car looks as if someone pressed the wrong button and accidentally summoned a demon.
The Nissan Cube
Ever wished to own a car that looked like an actual cube? No? Neither did we. Or anyone else, for that matter. Which is why we cannot figure out just why Nissan designed this car in the first place. As its name indicates, this car is named The Nissan Cube. How original. Despite having begun to produce this car back in 1998, to this day you can still get a glimpse of one on the road every now and again.
Weber Sportscars aka ‘Faster One’
This disastrous car was Switzerland’s lame attempt to dethrone the Veyron as the fastest street-legal car back in 2008. It was dubbed the Weber Sportscar, aka Faster One. Sadly, they couldn’t figure out its design before unleashing it into the world. Despite the fact that by 2008 car designs were improving, this car is a clear indication that not everyone got the design memo.
Panoz Abruzzi ‘Spirit of Le Mans’
Here we have a prime example of what not to do to a sports car in terms of design. This abomination came with a £330,000 price tag. Yes, you read that number right. The Panoz Abruzzi ‘Spirit of Le Mans’ was only planned to produce 81 units. However, we can thank our lucky stars that this car never saw the light of day, as it died a natural death right at the prototype stage.
While you may associate fine wine, perfume, and fashion with France, this car is proof they aren’t perfect. In 1961, Citroën decided to create the Ami. We really wish they hadn’t. The oversized headlamps and odd body shape they dubbed the notchback did nothing to help the poor design. We can’t help but sigh sadly whenever we look at it.
When it comes to this… Creation, we truly have no words. Fiat actively made the decision to create and design the Multipla this way. On purpose. Let that sink in for a second. This car was released in 1998, and it ran all the way until 2010. Even today you can still see a few of these roaming the streets. It genuinely looks like the car version of a person holding in a sneeze.
Once upon a time, in 1957, a priest woke up one fine morning and decided to create the safest car ever. The reasoning behind this decision was the high death toll resulting from car accidents. While the idea was fine, even great, the way he executed it was rather awful. Out came the Aurora. We just wish that someone would have told the priest just how hideous this car is.
2011 Nissan Leaf
We gotta ask – is anyone at Nissan aware of what cars they’re releasing? This model is yet another example of an innovative design gone wrong. While we respect them trying to create something new and exciting, this is not the way to do it.
1973 Austin Allegro
We know that this car was very popular at the time of its release, but looking back, we can’t help but wonder why. It pretty much looks like a carton on wheels. Weren’t there better options for family cars in the ’70s? At least we can be thankful that car designs have come a long way since.
1959 Ford Anglia
This car is proof that even the best of us can make mistakes. The 1959 Ford Anglia, while not the worst thing that we’ve seen, is pretty awful. It has that awkward body shape that isn’t quite boxy and yet it isn’t styled well either. Overall, we score this design 2/10.
1990 Chrysler Imperial
All we see when we look at this car is a sedan version of a hearse. A black and boxy design, the 1990 Chrysler Imperial looks like it would only be fitting for a funeral. We’re just glad Chrysler has since improved their designs.
1975 Ford Granada
If you ever wanted to drive a box with a grille and some wheels on it, this car is for you. Otherwise, we don’t really understand how Ford was trying to design this model. The 1975 Granada seems like the inspiration for its design was a literal box.
The 1957 Trabant looks like people may have thought it was a good idea at the time it was made, but now just regret it completely. It might not be the worst car we’ve seen so far, but it’s definitely bad enough to have earned a spot on our list. Everything from its body shape to the choice of colors is just wrong.
1996 Suzuki X90
The 1996 Suzuki X90 seems to incorporate all the bad ideas car designers ever had into one ugly little thing. Not only is it uncomfortably small, but it looks like it was meant to be somewhat of a sports car that was cursed with a hideous exterior.
1973 Oldsmobile Omega
If you ever wished you could drive what could only be described as a cowboy car, you’re in luck. The 1973 Oldsmobile Omega was just that – a badly designed car that resulted in a rather unfortunate look.
2007 Jeep Compass
We bet that Jeep seriously regrets this one. While the brand is known for their cool designs, they seriously messed up with this one. The 2007 Jeep Compass looks like an inflated version of their classic sharp Jeep design.
1986 Hyundai Excel
Remember when you were young and drew cars that essentially looked like bricks? This car here is the real-life version of that. The 1986 Hyundai Excel was not the best way to begin their manufacturing career. Thankfully, since this incident, they have come a long way.
Back when it came out in 1975, the AMC Pacer was all the rage. The press described it as ‘futuristic’, ‘bold’, and ‘unique’. As a response to the gasoline crisis of the 1970s, AMC produced an electric version of the model. Honestly, we can’t figure out why the car was so popular. Looking at it, all we see is a strange car.
While some of the most impressive classics in the ’30s came from French design studios, by the early ’80s the French had lost their touch. Clearly, the Renault Fuego was a sad attempt at a sports coupe. As with many ugly cars, the more you look at it, the uglier it gets.
This car has become somewhat of a favorite among ugly cars due to its unfortunate exterior. The Pontiac Aztek’s design looks as if it was put together reluctantly by three designers who weren’t on speaking terms. It has too many different elements that just don’t work together.
While Nissan was aiming for a retro-style look with this van, to us it looks more like an actual snail and not in a good way. Sure, the S-Cargo can probably get the job done in terms of hauling stuff, but be honest – would you want to be seen driving this car?
Believe it or not, but this odd looking box was one of the most popular electric cars in the U.S. for a while. With a top speed of 39 miles per hour, we can understand why it didn’t catch on when it was released in 1974. For some reason, the designers figured that a triangular golf cart-inspired design was a good idea and actually went through with it.
Straight from Australia came the Lightburn Zeta with all the styling of a ’50s Cadillac on a car that was smaller than a Mini. Since the body was made of fiberglass, it allowed designers to be more creative with the cars they created. Unfortunately, this didn’t end well with the Zeta… Not only was the design less than adequate, but driving the car was not fun either – the engine was not good at all.
The Toyota MasterAce looks more like a Japanese version of the iconic microbus made by Volkswagen. As a matter of fact, the MasterAce was Toyota’s early response to Chrysler’s minivan back in 1983. Let’s put it this way – Toyota is a great car manufacturer, but this van just isn’t good looking.
BRAT is actually an acronym that stands for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter. We gotta say, the acronym is much more suitable for this car. Manufactured by Subaru in the 1970s, the Brat is one we’re glad isn’t around anymore.
Is it a coincidence that soon after the Prowler was released, the Plymouth brand died? We think perhaps not. While the brand was attempting to make an American hot rod inspired by the ’50s, it just didn’t work. Even with the unfortunate design, a Prowler would cost a serious amount of cash these days.
1948 Studebaker Convertible
While this might not be the worst car we’ve seen so far, the 1948 Studebaker Convertible is not great, to say the least. It pretty much looks like a generic ’50s convertible that was downsized unsuccessfully.
Whoever thought a convertible truck was a good idea clearly hasn’t seen a clown car. This two-passenger Chevrolet has unbalanced and awkward proportions, making it look more like a stretched balloon than a stylish truck.
Clearly, the Chevrolet HHR is a ripoff of the PT Cruiser and a bad one at that. The least they could have done is try to change the design more to make it less obvious. But alas, we’re stuck with this…car.
Electra Meccanica Solo Ev Commuter
We’re gonna say it…this car looks like the designers forgot to add the other half of the car. The Electra Meccanica Solo Ev Commuter is an actual street-legal electric three-wheeler car. Yes, seriously. The most surprising thing about this car is that it can reach 82 mph at top speed.
Sbarro 4×4 +2 Concept Car
While this may be a concept car, it was too…special not to mention it. This is no ordinary 4×4. It is, in fact, a 4×4 plus 2. It has two extra wheels. Aside from the abnormal amount of wheels, it has a lot of bumpers, a monstrous appearance and just looks like something from outer space.
For the most part, British classic cars are known as beautiful and unique cars. However, we have found the exception. Meet the Jensen S-V8. It looks like the Frankenstein of cars with its design. As if all its parts were taken from all sorts of different cars.
2004 Covini C6W
We begin our list with this monster: the Covini C6W. This 6-wheeled insect-like has an impressive 400 hp engine, but let’s face it, the appearance of this car is quite odd. Despite having the extra wheels to help with balance and improve braking, this car is designed too weirdly to ever be taken seriously.
Specializing in sports cars, Marcos was a British manufacturer that produced relatively ugly cars. However, they seem to have outdone themselves with the Mantis. Thankfully, just one Mantis was actually released in 1968, and it did not last long before it was retired. In 2008 it made one last appearance at the Festival of Speed.
This is Troll Plastik & Bilindustri’s attempt to build a car with a fiberglass body. The Norweigan company used the material because it was lightweight and had various benefits like resistance to rust. While the engineering might have been fine, the design was a complete and total failure. This model was only produced for a couple of years, in 1956-1958. Their next model wasn’t as bad as this one, but it was also not exactly a looker.
This car has had many names. Officially, it’s known as the Hyundai Tiburon, but in Europe, it was called the Hyundai Coupe. Tiburon translates to ‘shark’ in Spanish, and we gotta say, this car does resemble a rather unfortunate-looking shark.
First produced in 1972, this Stutz monstrosity was named the Blackhawk. Even 40 years later, we still can’t figure out what the designers were aiming for with this car. Its 19 foot (almost 6 meters) long size was ridiculous. As it turns out, Elvis, aka the King himself, adored this car. Aside from its hideous exterior, this abomination of a car was much too expensive at the time – it cost over $120,000 in 2017 dollars. The price tag was outrageous, especially since the make of this car was relatively unknown.
As you can probably tell, the designer of this car wanted to make something that looked cool and fast. Unfortunately, the result does not reflect that too much. It looks like it came out of a racing video game and glitched, leading to this design.
We figure that this car was meant to look something like a Rolls Royce with a twist, but the only twist we see is the snout-like grille. It looks more like a knockoff Rolls Royce or one that simply malfunctioned and the designers decided to own up to it.
Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting Brake
Have you ever wanted to drive a noodle? If so, this is your chance! The Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting Brake looks like a gothic hearse that was stretched out too much by accident. Despite the fact that Aston Martin normally makes stunning cars, this is definitely not one of them.
Marcos Mantis XP
It seems that video games have been all the rage for quite some time. The Marcos Mantis XP looks like it came straight out of one, only it glitched horribly on the way. The car’s design makes it look like it was run over straight through the middle of its hood!
Marcos Mantis M70
It seems like Marcos just couldn’t catch a break. Their designers must have really been scrambling for new designs that they went through with all of them – even the bad ones. We feel like this car was meant to be similar to the car in ‘Back to the Future’ but it failed spectacularly.
The Mitsuoka Orochi looks more like an extra-terrestrial than an actual car. Its design seems to have been thrown together at random with the hopes that it will magically come together beautifully. The most unbelievable part of it all is that this car actually made it to the production line.
Tirrito Ayrton R
The Tirrito Ayrton R was supposed to be a great tribute to a famous racing driver. However, it has clearly fallen short. From the four tiny headlights to the too-sharp and angular design, everything about it just doesn’t work together. It’s a shame, really.
To this day, you might catch a glimpse of a Ssangyong Rodius on the road from time to time. It basically looks like a minivan that was in the middle of transforming into an SUV but failed and got stuck, leaving us with this thing.
Stutz Bearcat II
This car looks like something Cruella De Ville would absolutely love to drive. With the over-the-top headlights and bumper, any supervillain would surely adore this peculiar car. If it didn’t have the the excessive front details, it might have actually been a cool ride.
Is it a comb? Is it a shaver? Nope, just a really ugly car! While this is a concept car, it was revealed in 2010, and we gotta say that it should have not even gotten to that stage. It looks like an absolute mess.
Pontiac Trans Sport
Ah, the ultimate ugly minivan. The Pontiac Trans Sport looks just like a vacuum. It’s not a good look if we do say so ourselves. While minivans are all well and good, especially for families with more kids, this one looks awful.
Volkswagen Type 181 – The Thing
If you ever wanted to drive in a box with no roof, look no further! The Volkswagen Type 181, AKA The Thing, is exactly that. Just think about it, if you buy a car that has ‘The Thing’ in its title, you should know what you’re getting yourself into.
So, the LM002 is the first SUV that Lamborghini attempted to make. All we can say is please, someone make them stop. It looks broken from the inside out as if someone went under the hood and hit it repeatedly with a sledgehammer.
You can say whatever you want about this car, you just can’t say that it isn’t ugly. No one can deny that fact. It resembles a balloon that is in the process of deflating. Understandably so, Isuzu eliminated this concept car after three model years. Who can blame them?
Despite the fact that this car was made with good intentions in order to provide an electric solution for urban traffic jams and parking issues, it’s ugly. It looks like a toy car that was mistaken as an actual car.
1990 Chevrolet Lumina APV
The whole concept of a minivan was to maximize the interior space of the car, right? Then we gotta ask: why does this one have a ridiculously long front? It only makes the driver feel as if they’re driving from the back seat.
Jeep has designed some of the best SUVs over the years. This is not one of them. It looks more like a rejected Apple product than a sophisticated SUV. Let’s put it this way: why would someone buy this Jeep when they make much better-looking ones?
If you’ve ever wanted to drive a jellybean, this is your chance. While the Corbin Sparrow is more of a motorcycle, it still is a car technically, so we need to include it in this list.
We know the name has nothing to do with James Bond, but let’s face it, he would never drive this thing anyways. It looks more like a vacuum than a three-wheeled car. Can you believe that this car was made to be a ‘fun car’?
The Amphicar is yet another experimental model that seems as if the manufacturers simply wanted a mini version of an actual car. Not only that, but it was made to drive through water. Yes, we’re dead serious.
1996 Pontiac Grand Am
Pontiac had a serious plastic obsession back in the ’90s, and the Grand Am is proof. The design was clearly neglected as it looked more like a Tupperware container than a car. Not only that, but aside from the horrendous styling, the car itself wasn’t great either. It had a 4-cylinder engine that had 150 horsepower.
1993 Ford Aspire
As the name ironically suggests, the Ford Aspire was one that nobody actually aspired to own. Not only is the design of this car horrendous, but its mechanics are just as bad, if not worse. Its 4-cylinder engine would have been a better fit for a sewing machine as it barely had 60 horsepower and 5-speed manual transmission.
2010 Chevy Aveo
Clearly, Chevrolet was attempting to break free of the jellybean-shaped subcompact cars. However, while the exterior design is less than appealing, the interior is worse as it was cheaply made and had a serious lack of soundproofing.
1992 Subaru SVX
Subaru is known to have practical and dependable cars that can do just about anything. The SVX is not one of them, unfortunately. Aside from the useless 4-speed transmission, its exterior looked like it was created by accident. The Italian-designed model had split windows-within-windows for some unknown reason which were difficult to use. To top it off, the car cost almost $10,000 more than other Subaru models.
1997 GM EV-1
While it’s great that GM had the incentive to produce an electric car back in 1997, the EV-1 was styled terribly, had a low range of about 80 miles and was only available by leasing. Nowadays, it’s very unlikely that you’ll see one of these on the streets since GM gathered almost all of them in 2002.
1992 Ford Probe
We all know there are plenty of cars with unfortunate names, but the Ford Probe is definitely on the top ten worst ones. The shoe-shaped car looks as if it was meant to look sleek and speedy when in reality it looks more like a UFO that never made it off the ground. This model was a joint creation by Ford and Mazda, and while you would think they would come up with something great, the Probe had a weak V6 and FWD mechanism which didn’t help its sales. It ended up being taken off the market after just eight years.
1989 Geo Metro
Another collaboration, the Geo Metro was made by Suzuki and GM. Let’s start off slowly. The car had a 3-cylinder engine which was naturally slow due to the fact that it barely put out 50 horsepower. The interior was clearly cheaply made, and the exterior design… Well, see for yourselves. It looks like a bean. It makes sense why it has appeared in many lists of the worst cars on the internet. All the same, we should mention that there are many owners claiming that they’ve driven the car past 250,000 miles, so this might just be the best worst car ever.
1999 Toyota Echo
The Toyota Echo was the car that you were disappointed to get when the rental car agent handed you the keys. It drove like a go-cart. Trying to accelerate was not unlike stepping in a bowl of mashed potatoes. Of course, the exterior was just as bad as the interior. It looks like a fat gummy bear with tiny wheels.
1998 Land Rover Discovery II
Cars built in Britain are known for being iconic. However, there are exceptions to every rule. The Land Rover Discovery II is one of them. Aside from its many electrical problems, its box-like design looks like it should be in a safari rather than on the streets in a city.
1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible
This convertible was designed terribly, as you can probably tell from just a glance at it. The Tupperware box-shaped car had such a bulky B-pillar that it made you want to keep the top up permanently.
1995 Chevy Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo could have almost cool in the early ’70s, but since then, the car looks like a boring spaceship. As icing on the cake, the lame-looking car was front-wheel drive and had a poorly performing V6 engine.
2012 Dodge Caliber
You’d think that a car made by several car companies would be great, right? Well, not in this case. The Dodge Caliber is a front-wheel-drive hatchback that has a dark interior with plenty of blind spots and the engine is a terrible 2.0L named the World Gasoline Engine. Terrible mechanics aside, the exterior design of this car is as boring as it gets, with a boxy appearance that Dodge tends to stick to for the most part.
1999 Jaguar S-Type
Back in 1998, when Jaguar brought back the iconic S-Type, everyone in the car industry let out a collective sigh. Its design is practically yawn-inducing. It looks as if Jaguar attempted to combine different classic car designs unsuccessfully. Even when it was released, the car was perceived as awkward and outdated, which makes it surprising that it held up until 2007.
2009 Smart ForTwo
While this European micro-car seems like a great idea for people who live in a big city, in reality, it isn’t so great. The only thing going for this car is its size. Aside from that, this car is pretty awful. Let’s start with the mechanics of it. The transmission is vague and searching, and has bad fuel economy for its size. Its exterior is even worse. The paint is constantly peeling, not to mention the design itself makes the car look like a children’s toy.
1997 Daewoo Nubira
You might struggle to remember this car at all, and we don’t blame you. Another collaboration between car companies, the Nubira has an underwhelming design, a weak inline 4-cylinder engine. As a finishing touch, the car had terrible build quality with the interior wrapped up in nasty plastic.
Just like the Aurora, the Sir Vival was a concept car created as a response to the lack of focus on safety in Detroit in the 1950s. At the time, the creator called the car a “revolutionary vehicle”. Despite the fact that it never made it to the production stage, the car did feature innovative safety concepts like seat belts, a roller cage, sliding doors, rubber bumpers, and side lights. All the same, the car’s most noticeable feature was the two-part frame. We have a feeling that was the downfall of the car. In theory, the car was a great idea, but the way it was executed in terms of design is rather unfortunate as it looks more like a vacuum cleaner than a car.
1941 Horch 853 SportCabriolet
This… piece of work… was made by Horch, long before it became Audi. The 853 SportsCabriolet was one of the later cars that was made by the brand. While many of their models had classic themes, this conversion is rather unique. While this isn’t the original state of the car, it still existed at one point, so we had to put it on our list. This car would be ideal as a work vehicle, what with its 4.9L straight-8 engine, but the modifications make it look like a cicada shell on wheels. All that glasswork must turn the interior into an oven as well.
1957 Jeep FC-150
Willys Motors released their series of Jeep four-wheel-drive trucks which were brand new for the company at the time. They were highly-maneuverable workhorses that were revolutionary at the time. While we can respect the innovation that they showed with these trucks, we gotta say that we’re so glad Jeep cars don’t look like this anymore. This truck looks like a toy that was made incorrectly.
1947 Julien MM5
This French convertible was produced from 1947 until 1949. At the time, the French government had to approve it and free up the necessary materials due to the fact that there was a shortage in France. All the same, not many were made, and were fitted with different engines over the years. At its best, the car performance was described as “acceptable”. The one thing we can’t get past is its design. The car looks like a literal insect. Maybe they drew inspiration from the classic Volkswagen Beetle?
1965 Peel Trident
The second three-wheel micro-car made by Peel engineering, the all-new design was very different than the one-seat Peel P50. Shockingly, this car had two seats. We wonder if anyone actually spent their hard-earned money to buy this car. If you can call it a car. It looks like a lost piece from a board game, honestly.