18. Chevy Chevette
If you think about one of the worst American cars on the road in the ’70s, it’s probably the Chevette. And that’s even if there are any of these things left because their quality was just so bad. The Chevette lacked quality and refinement, and this hurt the brand badly for some time. Radio dials would fall off and a lack of reliability would leave these cars on the side of the road.
Carbureted engines in small cars around this period were poorly made. Overall, the Chevette is a car that should be remembered for almost driving GM to bankruptcy. The Chevette was among many poorly-constructed domestic compacts.