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Old 04-05-2005, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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World's ugliest car???

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Old 04-05-2005, 01:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What in the name of. . . that thing is an abomination! It had better get 300 miles to the gallon or something amazing like that in order to justify how god-awful that is!
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Old 04-05-2005, 01:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it's kind of cute.... i'd like to see it in a two-toned mauve or light pink. I can get my Kitty bauble to hang from the mirror.
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Old 04-05-2005, 01:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That seriously reminds me of a piece of art I saw at Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art). It was a car with additional fiberglass on it, all drooping off as if the car was a 400 pound person. Searching, searching, ah here we go: "Erwin Wurm's cunning Fat Car (2002) is a testament to the need to live large." I hope at least one of these images links OK.



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Old 04-05-2005, 01:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Definitely a fuzzy-dice candidate. Looks like some concept creation from the 50's.

Could be worse. Could look like an Aztec.
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Old 04-05-2005, 01:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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this has been done before... and it will degenerate in the psuedo ricer pictures in 3...2...
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Old 04-05-2005, 04:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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<IMG SRC="http://www.autoseekandsell.com/userimages/aztec.jpg">

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Old 04-05-2005, 05:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I think the Honda Element has got that beat.
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Old 04-05-2005, 06:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hahaha, the Aztek and the Element are the exact ones I thought of when I saw this thread. Those are just horrid loooking, in my opinion.
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Old 04-05-2005, 08:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The Aztek has nothing on the Fiat Multipla

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Old 04-05-2005, 09:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ok, that Fiat just made the element look half-ass decent.
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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That pic reminds me of the crummy car homer made for his long lost brother's automobile company on an episode of the Simpsons.

That is pretty ugly, but I think I've seen worse... I definitely dislike the new chevy aveo... One of the worst looking new cars, IMHO.



But then again, you could be driving this:
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:20 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I think the Honda Element has got that beat.
omg, i agree, i hate that freaking car so much..
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:32 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Is that red box thing a real car, or just a concept? It looks like it would tip over in the first corner.
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Old 04-06-2005, 05:15 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Craven didn't drop the text of his link in regarding that first picture, so I'll do it for him:
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COMEBACK OF THE WORLD'S UGLIEST CAR

A bizarre car that has been dubbed the 'ugliest automobile in the world' is today back on the road 50 years after its launch.

The unique Aurora, a 19 feet long monster that was built by an eccentric New York priest as the ultimate safety vehicle, is now turning heads again.

Father Alfred Juliano bankrupted himself creating the prototype, which remained the only one ever built because the contraption was so full of faults no one wanted one.

It was supposed to be the safest car ever built and included features that are now common, but at the time were unheard of.

It had seatbelts, a roll cage, side-impact bars, a collapsible steering column, foam-filled bumpers and a padded instrument panel.

Its windscreen was curved away from the driver so the possibility of impact with it was reduced.

This design meant that windscreen wipers were not required, but it also distorted the view through it.

The silver and black Aurora included a large "front-end air-scoop" instead of a conventional grill. This was to reduce frictional drag and to lessen injuries to pedestrians it hit.

But its most peculiar safety feature was the seats that swivelled 180 degrees so before a crash those inside could turn round and take the impact backwards.

The silver sedan, shaped like a whale with its mouth gaping, had been sitting in a field in the US for nearly 30 years before madcap Brit Andy Saunders snapped it up.

He has spent the last 12 years of his life doing up the motor that was a disaster from its launch in 1957.

On that day Father Alfred Juliano had planned a huge media party to greet his 30,000 dollar invention.

But TV reporters had to wait all day because it broke down 15 times on the journey to the launch and was towed to seven garages.

The Aurora, which had six headlights, was funded partially by Father Juliano's congregation which donated cash to his whacky project.

After the ambitious scheme failed and Father Juliano went bankrupt the car was taken on by several other owners before it was abandoned ten years after its launch.

It was rediscovered in a field behind a bodyworks shop in Branford, Connecticut.

Andy Saunders, from Poole, Dorset, said: "I was reading a classic cars magazine in 1993 and saw this piece under the "discovered" section about the Aurora being found.

"I thought to myself that I had never seen a car so ugly in all my life but I knew I just had to have it.

"Luckily in the picture in the magazine there was the name of the bodyworks business so I got a number from directory inquiries and called the owner.

"He told me it had been left at his business in 1967 to have some work done but for one reason or another nothing happened to it and it remained in this field ever since.

"Although I had only seen a picture of it, and even in though it looked like it had fallen to bits, I made him an offer because I really wanted it.

"I agreed to pay 1,500 dollars and I had to pay another 2,000 dollars to get it shipped over here from New York.

"When I first saw it in real life I took a deep breath and thought to myself "what have you done?"


"It was originally marketed as the 'world's safest automobile', but was quickly dubbed the 'world's ugliest automobile' - and it's easy to see why.

"I knew straight away it would take me a long time to restore it but I never thought for a minute it would take 12 years.

"The bodywork is made of fibre-glass but parts of it are made of wood and the wood was completely rotten.

"There was no interior whatsoever, that had all been destroyed by the sun - and the windscreen had just turned to yellow.

"When I first started I would work solidly for weeks and weeks and then step back and it looked like nothing had been done do it. It was so demoralising.

"Because this prototype was the only one ever made there were no spare parts to use. So I had to have everything made. It cost much more than I thought it would.

"Although I had photographs of the outside of it to work from there were no pictures of the interior so I had to just use a vision of what I thought it would have looked like in 1957.

"I knew what shape and size the seats were because the frames were still there, but the rest of it was down to my imagination so it probably isn't exactly how it was.

"I have done a lot of ridiculous things with cars, but this has been by far the most difficult.

"It was as if Father Juliano never wanted it to work - possibly that's because of all my swearing.

"The most difficult thing to get hold of was the windscreen. I had several commissioned that didn't work out. No one knows how the original was made.

"Now it is restored the reaction has been incredible. People are amazed at it and it's surprising how many remember it from the failed launch in 1957.

"The Aurora will be on display at the Beaulieu Motor Museum for the next year, then I will get it out on the road.

"I'm not sure what I will do with it after that, but possibly I might sell it to a prototype museum in America."
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Old 04-08-2005, 05:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Honda Element, hands down. I almost vomit whenever I see it..
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Old 04-08-2005, 06:33 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I dunno, I think its just about as ugly as an AC Cobra...
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Old 04-08-2005, 10:47 PM   #19 (permalink)
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The Aztek has nothing on the Fiat Multipla

Multipla must be Italian for Multiple Banks of Ugly Headlamps
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Old 04-11-2005, 07:08 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Sort of like a rolling hemorhoid.

Eeeeeyoooooo!

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Old 04-11-2005, 07:12 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Can't believe I'm the first with the AMC Pacer, closely followed by the AMC Matador, a streched version of the Pacer.





I can just here someone within AMC, "Hey, we've got a good thing going here.....let's run with it!"

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Old 04-11-2005, 07:17 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 04-11-2005, 08:08 AM   #23 (permalink)
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the aztek, the element, the PT cruiser, the tracker, and that yellow wagon pickup... thing.
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:56 AM   #24 (permalink)
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gaaaahhh!!!! the ugliness!!! i can't handle it!! jeez, these are all ugly cars!
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Old 04-13-2005, 09:04 AM   #25 (permalink)
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gaaaahhh!!!! the ugliness!!! i can't handle it!! jeez, these are all ugly cars!


I'm torn between world's ugliest and best sleeper.

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Old 04-15-2005, 01:24 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 04-15-2005, 02:42 PM   #27 (permalink)
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The Bond Bug! (Not 007 Bond)

Way ahead of its time, predated the SMART by 30 years!

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Old 04-16-2005, 03:22 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I have to go with the Aztec too, i can't stand that car. What were they thinking when they were designing that thing?
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Old 04-16-2005, 07:01 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Or pretty much anything made by Citroen.

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Old 04-16-2005, 07:09 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Hmm...

Hatchback on steroids or SUV on the Atkins diet?



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Old 04-17-2005, 08:48 AM   #31 (permalink)
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The Aztec is bad, but i think the ugliest is the subaru Baja!
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Old 04-17-2005, 11:41 AM   #32 (permalink)
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this has been done before... and it will degenerate in the psuedo ricer pictures in 3...2...

Right here
http://www.tfproject.org/tfp/showthr...5497&highlight
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Old 04-17-2005, 02:36 PM   #33 (permalink)
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That crazy funky car reminds me of Penelope Pitstop's Compact Pussycat.

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Old 04-21-2005, 08:52 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Don't forget the French
But of all the French cars you could pick, you chose two of the most interesting Citroens! (I'm serious.)

The 2CV was basically the French Volkswagen Beetle -- cheap, durable and made for decades. If it's ugly, well, it's an honest, functional ugliness, not just an attempt to be different for its own sake.

And other one -- the name of which escapes me -- had some fairly sophisticated technology. Plus I honestly don't think it's ugly.

But why is Honda resorting to all the hideous gray plastic exteriors lately?
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:29 AM   #35 (permalink)
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How about a convertible mini cooper
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Old 04-28-2005, 09:01 PM   #36 (permalink)
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LOL that windshield would make my eyes go crazy the way its shaped.
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Old 04-29-2005, 04:45 AM   #37 (permalink)
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And other one -- the name of which escapes me -- had some fairly sophisticated technology. Plus I honestly don't think it's ugly.
That would be the DS you're thinkin' of. It had some pretty sophisiticated hydraulics in the suspension, leading to an incredibly cushy ride - and reeeeeeally expensive parts... Citroen kept up the hydraulic suspension for a long time though. Even today they use it, I think, in some of their big cars...
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:39 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I had to look up what the Honda Element actually looked like -- I've never noticed anyone driving one before (a testament to how undesirable one is).

I personally think the Scion xB is worse though. It kindof looks like a tipped over milk carton.
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I have to go with the Aztec too, i can't stand that car. What were they thinking when they were designing that thing?
I'm surprised that Pontiac is still selling those cars. At least they ditched that ugly yellow paint job that seemed to be on quite a number of them.
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Old 05-04-2005, 06:00 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Excellent choice sir,

Its hideous, but i do like how one can seat 3 people in the front.

Thing is you can be avantgarde without resorting to making it look ugly.

Also the Mk1 current bmw seven series is hideous.
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