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Cameron EittreimJanuary 8, 2020

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via: Ford Forum

13. Mercury Comet

The Mercury brand was a testing ground for Ford during the last few decades that it was in operation. Ford would badge cars as Mercuries and sell them at a profit. The Comet was based off of the Maverick, and the car didn’t offer anything unique in the way of the design.

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via: Barnfinds

In fact, there were very small differences with the two cars, and this caused a rift. The overall design could have been improved over the Maverick. Sadly, if you come into contact with the Comet, you aren’t going to see anything special. A good alternative is the Mercury Cougar from this decade.

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via: Austin

12. Austin Allegro

Small, fun cars were just hitting the market during the ’70s. Austin was a brand that specialized in these cheap and easy-to-drive cars. The Austin Allegro was a lightweight if not cheaply made car that was meant to appeal to the masses. In general, the car was lacking in a variety of areas such as craftsmanship and design.

via: Austin
via: Austin

Riding in the lightweight car was like being in a go-kart, and quality was lackluster at best. You don’t ever see these on the road anymore, and there’s good reason for that. If you want to get a paltry relic of the ’70s, then the Allegro is probably your choice. But if you want to drive a pleasurable car, the Allegro was a flop.

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via: Hot Rod

11. AMC Hornet

AMC was a brand that was missing its mark during the ’70s. It didn’t seem that any of the company’s models were becoming popular with consumers. Overall, the Hornet was a car that had a great concept, but it failed to deliver in the final stages of the design.

via: Wikipedia
via: Wikipedia

The Hornet could have been a great car, but its reliability was questionable at best. More drivers were left on the side of the road than AMC wanted to admit. The Hornet is a piece of automotive history, but not in the way you’d expect. This is a piece of the ’70s worth forgetting about.

via: Ford
via: Ford

10. Plymouth Arrow

Plymouth is a brand that got the same secondary treatment at Chrysler as Mercury did by Ford. The brand would get also-ran models of already existing cars and try to pass these off to consumers. The Arrow was the product of this type of badge engineering. Marketed as the little car that had big possibilities, the Arrow had a lot of cool design cues. But when it comes down to it, the model just wasn’t up to par with its newer Japanese competition.

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The engine was lackluster at best and the car was known for having water leaks throughout the hatchback. If you can even find an Arrow that still runs, it’s probably worth avoiding. Many Plymouth models are much better to try and acquire.

via: Wikipedia
via: Wikipedia

9. Dodge Omni

The Dodge Omni was a downright horrible car. First, the design of the thing was just awful, as it had a flat hatchback and four doors. If you got over the boxy design, there was nothing in terms of performance that even made the car admirable. Chrysler tried to market this car as the compact with luxury features, but in reality, it had none. There was even a Shelby version of the Omni, which was surprisingly fun to drive.

via: Consumer Guide
via: Consumer Guide

The Omni lasted quite a long time into the early ’90s, but the car was just lackluster at best. There were also lawsuits surrounding the Omni because the fuel tank was located in the rear of the car.

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via: Autoopolis

8. Plymouth TC3

Before the Horizon, Plymouth got a version of the Omni that was called the TC3. What exactly did this car have to offer? Nothing in the way of anything unique. The TC3 was just as bad as the Omni was for the most part. Craftsmanship was downright awful on these cars and as such, the car sat on dealership lots.

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via: Curb side classic

There was a lot of confusion when it came to the TC3 and what it would offer. Finally, Plymouth decided to introduce the TC3 as the Horizon and revamp the model. But as a collectors car, the TC3 is just better left avoided. There are many classic Plymouths on the market that are a much better choice.

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via: GM

7. Chevy Monza

The Chevy Monza was such a weird design that most automotive enthusiasts don’t even speak of it. The look of a Camaro that was crammed into a much smaller body was bad enough. But then you had the lack of any horsepower to make things worse. The Monza probably could have been a cool car if the company had tried. Overall, the vehicle was lackluster at best, and this caused a rift in GM.

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via: Dealeraccelerate

There was also an Oldsmobile version which was worse than the Monza could ever hope of being. The car looked like a squashed Camaro. We’re not sure what GM was trying to go for here, but the car is forgettable at best.

via: Wikipedia
via: Wikipedia

6. Chevy Vega

There were quite a few forgettable Chevys that were being pushed during the ’70s. The Vega was one such model that you might remember. What made the Vega so bad? A lack of design was the first and most obvious thing. The car was painfully small, and a cramped interior didn’t help things out. The car was available in a series of different packages such as a wagon and a hatchback mode. Power was derived from a smog-choked engine that really couldn’t pull all of the weight of the car around.

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via: Blogspot

Buyers were greeted to some options such as air conditioning and power steering. Overall, the Vega is a blip in the history of GM. If you are looking at classic Chevy models from the ’70s, avoid this one at all costs.

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via: Wkkipedia

5. Bond Bug Three-Wheeler

Perhaps one of the weirdest cars from the ’70s was the Bond Bug Three-Wheeler. This oddball creation was a street-legal vehicle. It was designed to combat the high price of fuel and still be an affordable option. While it was great for urban dwellers or just about anyone who needed a practical around town vehicle the build quality was shoddy at best. The vehicle had lackluster power which is to be expected, and you just felt downright tiny inside of it.

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via: Cars from UK

The Bond Bug Three-Wheeler will probably go down in history as one of the weirdest vehicles of the decade. If you are looking for a Bond Bug Three-Wheele, there are very few that are still operable. And in today’s world, it is a bad idea to drive something like this around.

via: Austin
via: Austin

4. Austin MAXI

Another strange car from the Austin brand was the Maxi. What exactly did this model bring to the table? Nothing much in the way of design or implementation. The car was a lackluster blend of features and design that most people just avoided all together. The wagon design was practical around this period, but not when the a car was as cramped as the Maxi was. There were very few of these that were sold, and part of that is the design.

via: Wikipedia
via: Wikipedia

The Austin MAXI could have been a great car for the price with a little bit more development. But it seems like the designers just got lazy with the car. You probably can’t find one of these on the open market, but if you do come across one, just avoid it. The Maxi is not a car you want to fool with.

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via: Hillmman

3. Hillman Imp

You might mistake this car for a Mini Cooper. But it’s not. Instead, the Hillman Imp was a failed attempt to cash in on the tiny car craze. From a design standpoint, the Hillman Imp was just awful. A cramped interior coupled with absolutely no power meant that you were essentially driving a street-legal golf cart. The car was scary to drive in a good windstorm and the power was lackluster at best. Many owners of these cars described how hard it was to get the car to drive up a hill correctly.

via: Hillman
via: Hillman

The Hillman Imp, while a good idea, was just a car that really couldn’t stack up to what a driver needs. Sure, this car has a decently cool look to it. But the Hillman Imp is something that’s best left avoided if you want a classic car you can actually drive.

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via: Wkipedia

2. Renault 16TL

Believe it or not, there was a time when Renault was a serious contender in the automotive world. That time has since passed, and with vehicles like the 16TL, we know why. From a design standpoint, everything could have gone right with this car. But the failed attempt to design a credible family car was evident. Power was lackluster at best, at times it was even lethargic.

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via: Autocartr

Then you had the interestingly ugly design of the thing, especially in the wagon version. In terms of a classic car, the Renault 16TL is probably best left avoided. The car just doesn’t bring anything to the table in terms of design or functionality.

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via: Lex Classics

1. Peugeot 504 Cabriolet

What appeared to be a sporty roadster was a lie in the disguise of a roadster. The 504 Cabriolet was a sad excuse for what a good roadster could be. The first problem here was the extremely lightweight and cheap design. When you drive a convertible you want to feel like the car is going to remain on the road as you take twists and turns. Aside from that little problem, the 504 Cabriolet was extremely lethargic in terms of power. In fact, the thing had lackluster acceleration time at best.

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These cars were not too popular because of the problematic engine and the cramped inside. If you are looking for a quintessential ’70s roadster, the 504 Cabriolet is one you should avoid.

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