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Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:27

On the Lighter Side: 25 Ugly Cars That Should Have Never Left the Assembly Line

Written by Saundra Latham,
The Vanguard CitiCar was an electric car meant to appeal to consumers during the oil crisis in the mid '70s. The Vanguard CitiCar was an electric car meant to appeal to consumers during the oil crisis in the mid '70s. Courtesy of



Subaru Brat (1978-1994)


Small pickups had somewhat of a heyday back in the '70s and '80s, so Subaru decided to get on the action and "hacked the end off an existing station wagon," according to Jalopnik. The result was a bizarre car-truck mashup called the Bi-drive Recreational All-Terrain Transporter (BRAT) that somehow managed to stay in production all the way up through 1994. It even had two rear-facing jump seats that helped Subaru call it a family vehicle and evade taxes on imported pickup trucks.


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Fiat Multipla (1998-2004)


The Fiat Multipla never made it ashore in the U.S., but this cartoonishly bulging, bug-eyed family hauler is too ugly not to include here. Practical as it may have been, with plenty of headroom and space for passengers or cargo, the Multipla's original unique look lasted only a few years before a redesign in 2004. CarThrottle's readers even dubbed it "the ugliest car ever made," with the Multipla outpacing everyone's favorite design whipping boy, the Pontiac Aztek.


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Lexus SC 430 (2001-2005)


Luxury cars aren't immune to design missteps and the Lexus SC 430 is all the proof you need. Panned by car lovers as a strangely ill-proportioned bathtub of a car, it definitely didn't meet the high expectations for buyers willing to spend big on a powerful convertible. It was even derided by Top Gear as "the worst car in the world" — ouch. "Whoa doggies, it's ugly," Jalopnik says. "Maybe ugly is too harsh a word. ... Frumpy, maybe? Dumpy? Something with an -umpy at its end for certain."


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Yugo GV (1985-1992)


The Yugo is low-hanging fruit for any list of bad cars, but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that, aside from all of its well-documented quality problems, it was also really, really ugly. This rickety little hatchback was meant to be as cheap as possible, and it shows in the stripped-down, boxy exterior. "From the moment you walk up to a Yugo, you're struck by a little bit of sadness," Autotrader says. "Regardless of why you feel it, you feel it. You know you're going to be disappointed."


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