Alright, so far we’ve seen such stunning car models from manufacturers like Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Alfa Romeo and others. But, it is not a secret that every manufacturer had a few epic fails when it comes to design. Here’s a list of top 10 ugliest cars ever. This is simply a personal opinion and we don’t want to offend any owners of these models.
TOP 10 UGLIEST CARS EVER
1969 Volkswagen 181
… aka Volkswagen Thing (United States) aka Volkswagen Camat (Indonesia) aka Volkswagen Trekker (UK) and so on.
Being a part of the Europa Jeep project, Volkswagen 181 was imagined as a cheap and light vehicle which could be mass-produced for various armies. Because of its limited off-road ability it was classed as a Mehrzweckwagen (multi-purpose vehicle) for liason and similar duties. Its US name Thing suits it fine as it resembles a thing built from an opened sardine can and wheels.
1974 Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar
Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar was the first top-selling and the most widely produced electric vehicle. Cudos! The first model had 2.5 HP and 36 Volts battery pack, the second was upgraded to 3.5 HP with 48V battery, while later models went to 6 HP. However, its design could be – a bit less ugly and cheap looking with its zip-windows.
The Bond Bug was produced from 1970 till 1974. It was assembled in Preston and Tamworth (England) and during this period 2,270 units were made. The car was initially manufactured by Bond Cars Ltd, but the company was purchased by the Reliant Motor Company which continued to make Bug.
Its designer Tom Karen was tasked to design a fun car. Well done Mr. Karen, it is a fun car, at least to look at! But wait, lets not be too judgemental! This wedge-shaped car with a lift-up canopy roof and three wheels was capable of developing 76 mph (UK national speed limit was 70 mph) and it went side to side with its competition. Interesting fact is that only six white models were produced (for Rothmans cigarette promotion), all other vehicles were sold in bright orange only. The car was very popular upon release and even today it has a solid funbase.
Nissan S Cargo
The Nissan S Cargo was revealed at the 1988 Tokyo Motor Show and it was made till 1992. This two-door van used 1.5L E15S I4 engine and its design was based on Citroën 2CV. Well, that’s what sources say, but we believe the designer of the S-Cargo Naoki Sakai had Popemobil as inspiration.
Produced in East Germany from 1966 to 1988, Wartburg 353 instantly became one of the most popular cars in Eastern Europe. Even today, you can see a few models roaming the streets.
Wartburg 353 had a 1 liter two stroke straight-3 engine. Paired with four speed manual transmission (with the gear stick on the steering column) the engine delivered 57 horsepower and around 74 lb-ft of torque. It was very agile car for the age, but still – this design…
aka Myers Motors NmG
The Corbin Sparrow was initially produced from 1999 till 2003 by Corbin Motors, and from 2003 till NOW (yes, it is still here) it is being made by Myers Motors. This personal electric vehicle is powered by 20 kW (continuous) 156-volt DC or 3-phase AC electric motor with 20 to 40 miles range and a top speed of 70 mph.
Beside the “jelly bean” model, there is also a hatchback called Pizza Butt.
The Nano is a city car made by Tata Motors and it’s being made and produced exclusively in India. It is designed to attract attention motorcyclists and lure them away from two-wheelers. The base price at the beginning was around $2,500 but it went significantly up since then.
The Nano has 2 cylinder SOHC petrol Bosch multi-point fuel injection engine which generates 37 horsepower and 38 lb-ft torque. This engine, paired with four speed manual transmission, is enough for top speed of 65 mph and 30 seconds acceleration for zero to 37 mph.
Oh, look at this shape and tiny wheels…
The Citroën Ami was produced from 1961 to 1978. For few years it was one of the top sellers in France with overall 1,840,396 units made. Depending on a version, Citroën Ami had output of 22 to 49 horsepower and top speed of 65 to 89 mph. But leave the specs for now, this is simply one of the weirdest looking cars.
The Nissan Cube is a mini multi purpose vehicle which is produced since 1998. Initially meant only for Japanese market, it moved onto North American and European territories but it was discontinued in 2011. From 2014 it is once again being sold only in Japan. Forget the name “Cube” there is almost no straight line on this one. And the front is story for itself with those headlights and grille. Good work Nissan, this is the second time their model is on our top 10 ugliest cars list.
And the winner of the Top 10 ugliest cars ever made is….
The Multipla is a family car produced by Fiat from 1998 till 2010. And yes, definite winner of the Top 10 ugliest cars ever made. Every single detail on this car irritates viewer’s eyes, starting from huge windows, pointless headlights bellow windshield, to everything else. No matter how hard we tried to find some nice details in design, we failed. There aren’t any. Sorry Multipla.
“Distance between futuristic, and total fail in design is very thin.”