Home TOP POSTS Monster Autos: These Are The Ugliest Cars Ever Created

Monster Autos: These Are The Ugliest Cars Ever Created

Cameron Eittreim April 28, 2023

Car design changes so radically each decade that many enthusiasts can’t keep up. People have transitioned from the days of the stagecoach to the muscle car era, to the boxy era of the 1980s, and finally the modern era. Cars have changed dramatically in a short amount of time, and who knows what the future will hold. But not every vehicle is an appealing piece of art and design, and some cars are just plain ugly. Take the Pontiac Aztek for example. The lowly SUV is widely considered one of the ugliest GM vehicles ever created.

And while we’re on the subject of GM and ugly cars, who doesn’t remember the dust-buster minivans of the 1990s? Other automakers have certainly had their fair share of ugly vehicles as well, such as the Ford Pinto. An ugly car isn’t always a bad car, but many of these diamonds in the rough are only recently beginning to gain value. We looked back at the ugliest cars ever created. These were cars so ugly that they defined the word, and most of these cars were never popular or sold well either.

Photo Credit: Wallpaper Cave

1932 Stout Scarab

The 1932 Stout Scarab was a unique vehicle ahead of its time, but still one of the ugliest. It was a minivan-like car designed by William Bushnell Stout, an American inventor and aviation enthusiast. The Scarab was one of the first cars to feature a streamlined body with smooth curves and rounded edges. It also had a rear-mounted engine, which was unusual for cars at the time (via Hagerty).

Photo Credit: Wallpaper Cave

It had a luxurious interior, complete with a bar and a small bathroom. Despite its innovative design and features, the Scarab wasn’t commercially successful. Only a few were produced as a result. However, it remains a fascinating piece of automotive history that showcased the potential for unique, unconventional car designs.

Photo Credit: Classic Cars

1946 Crosley CC

The 1946 Crosley CC redefined the word ‘ugliest’ for a car design. It was one of the smallest cars on the market at the time with a wheelbase of only 80 inches. A two-cylinder engine powered the CC that produced a mere 26 horsepower. That was only enough to give it a top speed of around 50 miles per hour. The car had a simple design with a boxy body and a minimalist interior. But it was efficient and practical with good fuel economy and low maintenance costs (via Hagerty).

Photo Credit: Classic Cars

The Crosley CC was popular among budget-conscious buyers looking for an affordable and reliable car. It was also used as a delivery vehicle by small businesses and post offices. The Crosley CC is now considered a classic car and is highly sought after by collectors despite being one of the ugliest cars of all time.

Photo Credit: Classic Cars

1958 Ford Thunderbird

The 1958 Thunderbird is generally considered the worst year of the model’s design. It was a two-door convertible with a sleek, chrome-laden exterior with a long, pointed hood and a rear-mounted spare tire. The interior was equally impressive with luxurious seats, a dashboard full of gauges, and various modern amenities including power windows and air conditioning (via Supercars).

Photo Credit: Classic Cars

A V8 engine powered the Thunderbird and produced 300 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful cars of its time. The Thunderbird had a lot of different styles over the years, but this generation was the worst. With the front of the car turning many a buyer off, the styling of this Thunderbird was lackluster at best. Many others believe it was the ugliest Thunderbird and even one of the ugliest cars of all time.

Photo Credit: ATX Car Pics

1958 Lincoln Continental

The 1958 Continental is also one of the ugliest cars ever built. It was a full-size four-door sedan with a long, sleek body with clean lines and a minimalist grille. Like the ’58 Thunderbird, the interior had a dashboard filled with gauges and modern upgrades including power windows and air conditioning (via Hemmings). But people just didn’t go for the ’58 Continental because of its styling.

Photo Credit: Classic Car

The Continental had a V8 engine pumping out 375 horsepower. It was a highly powerful car for its time as a result. It also had smooth-riding suspension and power steering, which made it easy to handle on the road. The ’58 Continental was a car that had all of the luxury features that you’d want in a car, but its styling was downright hideous even for the period.

Photo Credit: Mecum

1958 Subaru 360

The 1958 Subaru 360 had a simple design with a boxy body and minimal chrome accents. A two-cylinder, two-stroke engine powered the small car, producing 16 horsepower and a top speed of around 50 miles per hour. The car was extremely fuel-efficient with gas mileage of up to 66 miles per gallon. The styling of the car was unorthodox to say the least, especially with more casual-looking cars such as the Volkswagen Bug (via Net Car Show).

Photo Credit: Mecum

The 360 was also easy to maneuver and park, which made it popular among city dwellers. Despite its small size, the 360 was spacious enough to comfortably seat four adults. The 1958 Subaru 360 was a popular car in Japan and paved the way for the company’s success in the global automotive market because of its fuel efficiency.

Photo Credit: Influx

1965 Rambler/AMC Marlin

The 1965 Rambler/AMC Marlin is one of the ugliest classic cars on the road. We’re not sure what AMC was thinking when this one left the assembly line. The Marlin had a distinctive design with a long, sloping roofline and a sleek, streamlined body. A six-cylinder or eight-cylinder engine produced up to 270 horsepower, which was impressive for a car of its size (via Hemmings).

AMC Marlin
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The Marlin had a comfortable interior with bucket seats and other comforts of the time. It was one of many AMC cars that failed to garner consumer interest. The ugly styling and lack of reliability were major drawbacks of a brand that was already struggling.

Photo Credit: Hot Rod

1974 AMC Matador

The 1974 Matador was a mid-sized car produced by the American Motors Corporation (AMC). It was a four-door sedan designed to be practical and affordable. The Matador had a simple, functional design with a boxy body and a spacious interior that could comfortably seat up to six people. The Matador had a six-cylinder or eight-cylinder engine producing up to 220 horsepower (via Old Cars Weekly).

Photo Credit: Hot Rod

The Matador also had power steering, another feature that made cars of this era drive much easier. The car was popular among families and small businesses looking for a practical car. The 1974 AMC Matador had the power to take on other muscle cars of the time, but the styling was just too hideous to ignore.

Photo Credit: Silodrome

1976 Aston-Martin Lagonda

The Aston-Martin Lagonda had a long, angular body with sharp lines and a low, wide grille. The interior had a dashboard filled with digital displays and modern amenities such as air conditioning and power windows. A V8 engine powered the Lagonda and put out up to 280 horsepower, which was enough for solid performance on the road (via Hagerty).

Photo Credit: Auto Week

However, the car also didn’t quite live up to the usual high standards of Aston-Martin in terms of design. The Lagonda was a popular car among the wealthy and powerful, and it represented the height of British automotive luxury in the mid-’70s as a result. However, it was also a complex and expensive car to maintain, which therefore limited its commercial success.

Photo Credit: The Truth About Cars

1982 Cadillac Cimarron

Ever wonder what a luxury version of the Chevy Cavalier would look like? In the 1980s, GM had the failed idea of dressing one up as a Cadillac. The Cimarron had a simple and practical design, with a boxy body and a spacious interior that could comfortably seat up to five people. A four-cylinder engine produced only 88 horsepower (via Car & Driver).

Photo Credit: Moment Car

Some features of the Cimarron made it a good deal, but it wasn’t enough to justify the cheap design. The 1982 Cadillac Cimarron remains a cautionary tale in the automotive industry, often cited as an example of a poorly executed product strategy. Cadillac had a lot of better-looking cars at the time and the Cimarron was a true eye-sore.

Photo Credit: GM

1990 Chevrolet Lumina APV

The 1990 Lumina APV had a unique and distinct design with a rounded body and spacious interior that offered plenty of headroom and legroom. In theory, the idea was a good one, until you saw the van in person. A V6 engine powered that produced up to 120 horsepower, which gave it decent performance for a minivan (via Autoblog).

Photo Credit: GM

Chrysler had a monopoly on the minivan market in the 1990s, and the APV was another attempt at capturing more market share. Unfortunately, consumers just couldn’t get over the Dustbuster styling of the van, and it wasn’t ever a sales success. There’s no denying that the GM Dustbuster vans were some of the ugliest cars of the 1990s.

Photo Credit: GM

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora

The Aurora had a long, sleek body with smooth lines and a low, wide grille. The interior featured leather seats, air conditioning, and power windows. The Aurora was powered by a V8 producing to 250 horsepower, making it decently fast for the time (via Cars).

Photo Credit: GM

The Aurora was a popular car for just a short period of time, however. It represented the height of GM luxury in the mid-1990s. The extremely aerodynamic design and the powerful V8 engine made it a pleasurable driving experience. But the styling of the first and second generation were ugly and the car didn’t last long as a result.

Infiniti QX56 via Nissan Motors
Infiniti QX56 via Nissan Motors

2004 Infiniti QX56

The QX56 had a bold and distinctive design with a high, boxy body and a chrome grille. The idea was to get styling that looked like the Hummer H2 from the same period. The QX56 had a V8 that gave it up to 315 horsepower, a solid amount of HP for an SUV (via Autoblog).

Infiniti QX56 via Nissan Motor
Infiniti QX56 via Nissan Motor

The QX56 was a popular car among families who needed a lot of space in their SUVs. But the problem with the QX56 was that many considered it a paltry clone of the Hummer H2, It had ugly styling and didn’t amount to much in the eyes of car shoppers as a result.

Photo Credit: Motor 1

Pontiac Aztek

The legendary Aztek had a unique and polarizing design, with a high, boxy body and distinctive grille. The interior was equally impressive, with a spacious cabin and a dashboard filled with modern amenities, such as a premium sound system. The styling of the car is downright hideous, which is why it never became a success. The automotive press had a field day with the Aztec over the body cladding and ugly styling (via Car & Driver).

Photo Credit: Edmunds

The Aztek was powered by a V6 engine producing up to 185 horsepower. It actually had a good enough performance on the road, but its styling was just horrible. There’s simply no debying that it is one of the most ridicilous-looking cars to hit a raod. However, not all is bad. The Aztek has become a cult classic among car enthusiasts in recent years. Surprisingly the car has become a big success on the secondary market due to is many scenes on the all-time great TV show ‘Breaking Bad’.

Please wait 5 sec.