25 Totally Weird Cars From All Over The World

Meet the ugliest cars in the world

Some of the ugly cars in this list made sensational success in terms of sales. It seems people do not take the looks very seriously, although it has to be said: you can’t really judge the book by its cover. On the other hand, the looks of a car is a matter of individual choice. Still, some of the cars are so bad it’s even good – it is not even a shameful thing to want one.

Fiat Multipla

The original Multipla invented its own class back

The original Multipla invented its own class back in 1956. It was extraordinary and in a way, it remained the same in the period of 1998 to 2010. An MPV with 3 seats in the front row and huge windows all-around the Fiat Multipla was one of very few cars with such attention towards practicality.

However, Multipla is usually followed by a word ’ugly’. Especially the pre-facelift model, which had a horrendous set of headlights sculpted right in the area below the windshield. Massive windows made it look like a sort of rolling greenhouse and things did not improve at all once you opened the door.

Whole instrument cluster was in the centre, slightly oriented towards the driver. If you love cars you may have had this one rhetorical question: how did Italians who are so good at car design came up with such a ugly looks of Multipla? If cars were food, it was ananas flavored pizza. And mind you, there are people who actually eat it with an extra blast of ketchup and even ask for more.

Rolls Royce Cullinan

As Chris Harris from Top Gear once said, there are

As Chris Harris from Top Gear once said, there are far too many tasteless rich people for it not to exist. But once the whole world seemingly went mad for cars with a greater road clearance, Rolls did find this as a great niche to boost the profit up.

Although it may be one of the most expensive cars in the present day market, it definitely is amongst the ugliest ones in the world, too. Yes, you can justify its presence by saying that without Cullinan in their range Rolls Royce would struggle to make their perfect saloon, coupe and convertible models. But it just leaves people speechless when it comes to the definition of this SUV’s design and looks.

From the front it looks like an overgrown Rolls Royce, but once you go further into the body, you may find it spiritless or too generic. In a way it even reminds of a London Cab – how exclusive is that, you might ask. To sum things up, the Cullinan seems like a Rolls Royce made in China. Might be a great car to live with, but for a spit to the faces for true car enthusiasts. Or a tragedy to look at.

Pontiac Aztek

Hello there dear fans of Breaking Bad. You certain

Hello there dear fans of Breaking Bad. You certainly remember this Walter owned Pontiac Aztek and it definitely is one of the few cars which easily make its way to the lists of ugliest cars. And if you think, did they do it just like that on a purpose? Well, there is a short answer to this. Yes, they did.

One of the guys behind the idea of this car was so certain about the Aztek’s success that it turned into his own ambitious project. And there was no room for non-believers on the team – everyone had to carry the same idea that the production version of this horrible car will astound the world. And boy it did. Just, perhaps not in the way the over-ambitious mister at Pontiac expected.

The whole car from every single angle looks weird, to say the least. Any petrolheads or car fans are likely to find it as the ugliest car in the world and that makes the Aztek play in a league of its own. It is simply so bad that it’s good and is often described as a future classic.

AMC Gremlin

American Motors Corporation might be amongst the m

American Motors Corporation might be amongst the manufacturers that you don’t know ever existed. Don’t be ashamed – it wasn’t there for long and in the end of the day it merged into the Chrysler Group. During its few decades of activity AMC managed to create one of the strangest vehicles in the history of the automotive industry. Or, to tell the truth, perhaps one of the ugliest.

It is called the AMC Gremlin. Have you ever heard of anything pretty with a name Gremlin? It’s a definite ‘no’ here in most cases. AMC offered a front of a classic american pony car and a rear end that was cut with an axe or a guillotine if you like it.

Try to combine a pony car and a french compact sized hatchback. It hurts even thinking about such a strange mixture. But for the guys at AMC it seemed sensible and they did it anyway. The Gremlin reminds of some projects when the design team is being split into two autonomous sides of which one is responsible for the front end of the car and another one – for the rear. What a strange way to build an automobile – no wonder why it is often described as the ugliest car in the world.

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke – one of the cars that made the

Nissan Juke – one of the cars that made the compact SUV segment erupt in Europe. Nissan did a great job with Juke when it comes to making money. But god, it was ugly. What made it so bizarre was the silly combo of headlights. Nissan decided to go for an unconventional mix on the Juke – they combined pointy and edgy lights with oddly shaped round pieces on the lower part of the car, creating arguably the strangest front end after the Fiat Multipla.

Or, perhaps it was inspired by the latter one from Italy? Nonetheless, the whole car looks like it misses the classy proportions: tall, oddly shaped front and rear, a little bit dull to drive, too. Nissan made it for China, too. However, it was called the Infiniti ESQ for that market alone.

Albeit the facelift which did not make things a lot better in 2015, Nissan made a massive leap forward with the second generation of Juke. It turned out to be a much better looking car in general. It seems that being called the worst or ugliest by a famous trio from The Grand Tour, made a big scar in the Nissan design department. Lessons were learned.

Ford Scorpio mk2

If you happen to spot this rare car nowadays, the

If you happen to spot this rare car nowadays, the rear part of the 2nd generation of Ford Scorpio might remind you of a Sperm Whale. That massive trunk line combined with a single rear taillight creates this illusion of the head of one of the biggest and perhaps the ugliest creatures of the sea. 

Things are not improving a lot when you go towards the engine bay – although the profile of the car is classic shape of three boxes, the lines of the front simply do not match the ones of the rear. There is some sort of imbalance in the design language of this luxurious Ford sedan. 

With the bizarre styling left alone, the manufacturer claimed the second generation of Ford Scorpio had met sales expectations. Controversially, it was taken out of production in 1998 – during the fifth year of production. Thanks god, there were not a lot of these sold and it takes a fortune to spot one in the present day.

Lexus SC430

Lexus was always aiming to slice a piece of pie th

Lexus was always aiming to slice a piece of pie that was mostly shared by german trio (Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz) and some manufacturers from the states in their own market. However, when it came to the looks of sporty GT cars Japanese were out of the competition by a lightyear. If you did not like the first generation of the bullet train inspired SC class models, perhaps you will not approve the utterly bizarre or soulless design of the second generation model.

The SC430 was a coupe-cabriolet for the people who wanted something very different. It ended up in the garages of buyers who did not care about the looks of the car, the way it handles or the ride quality as well as the ergonomics. It looked dull – like it was designed by a sculptor and then left in the sea for years.

In terms of engineering, SC430 offered unmatched reliability, but the lack of a spirit in the design was so big that the car was paceless to rival others in the same segment. The Lexus SC430 is considered not only as the ugliest, but perhaps one of the worst cars generally, too.

Plymouth Prowler

Plymouth Prowler was shocking from the very beginn

Plymouth Prowler was shocking from the very beginning. And, truth to be said, it remained so to this very present day. It pays a unique resemblance to the hotrods – perhaps the only car that had such a small gap between the outrageous hotrod like looks and mass production. 

Although the concept made some sense, it was too far from economic success. There were just short of 12 000 of Powlers ever made. It was impractical, it had no V8 and the fuel tank was tiny. When it comes to the design of this car it feels completely different from the lot, since the front wheels are completely open – just like in single seater race cars.

However, the narrow and pointy front looks misplaced in the context of the fat rear end of the car. The idea of making a hotrod-like production car was great but it was too much compromised by a number of requirements needed for the car to reach the assembly line. So the potential was great, but the whole outcome turned out to be disappointing and ugly on top of that.

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Second generation of Nissan Murano was just anothe

Second generation of Nissan Murano was just another boring SUV for people who couldn’t care less about cars. However, Nissan decided to make a different version of Murano by sacrificing the practicality as well as purpose of the vehicle. That’s how the project Murano Cross Cabriolet was born.

In 2010 Los Angeles motorshow the CrossCabriolet was displayed. Even though Nissan claimed it to be the first convertible crossover on the market, it was not a big hit. Tall stance, relatively short wheelbase, massive doors (mind you, it was 200 mm or 7.9 inch longer than standard) and dull retractable roof design gave Murano a direct flight to the list of ugliest cars.

It is ugly, pointless and unsatisfying. Take note that this wasn’t the first Nissan’s attempt of converting an ordinary car into a convertible. What is strange in this case is that they failed again after they did horrendous Micra C+C back in 2002. Hopefully, it will not be remembered by the manufacturer.

SsangYong Korando

Guys at SsangYong never had a car which could be d

Guys at SsangYong never had a car which could be described as a pretty one. Most of their models in the range were always considered to be ugly or even depressing to look at. That was the case right until the latest (fourth) generation of Korando showed up. It definitely is not a beauty queen, but a decent looking automobile. One of the greatest looking SsangYong cars, perhaps. But let’s take a glimpse at one of its predecessors.

Second generation of Korando might have been a big improvement from the first generation in terms of engineering or ride quality. It left the utilitarian costume hanging and dressed pretty much like any other car of its time. However, things at the SsangYong design department went downhill. With that bizarre front end of the Korando this car was perhaps the ugliest creation from the peninsula of Korea. 

Tiny gap between the headlights and extremely wide turning indicator lights made it look outrageously odd when compared to the other cars of such class. The whole front is so much narrower than the rear end of the car – it may seem that the project was abandoned in the middle of the process. That’s how ugly the second generation of SsangYong Korando is.

10. 1990 Chrysler Imperial

Built on the legendary K-car platform that saved Chrysler in the 1980s, the platform and package was pretty out of date by the time 1990 rolled around. Still, Chrysler designer Tom Gale and president Bob Lutz had devised packaging to make it at least respectable for the Chrysler old guard. It wouldn’t have been sexy, but it also wouldn’t have been an embarrassment.

But then Lee Iacocca strolled into the design studio near the end of the program and ordered up, on the spot, opera windows to be installed in the rear seating area, and velour/velvet button-tufted interior upholstery that gave the Imperial’s interior the look of a Turkish brothel stall.

Iacocca, for all his business and PR acumen, should have been banned from the styling studios at this point. Remember, he also gave the world the Pinto-based Mustang in the 1970s. Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate Lido’s legacy.

Why it’s so dumb: Bad taste, driven into a project by an authoritarian CEO is bad business and bad leadership, not just a bad process.

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13.)  Vanity Shift Knobs

If there are cool vanity shift knobs out there, then we haven’t seen them.  All we have seen are ridiculous fake skulls, pistols, diamonds, eyeballs and so on which all make the owner look about 12 years old.

6. Ford Mustang II

Change is not always good. Just look at the 1974 Ford Mustang, the beginning of the second generation pony car.

But this Mustang has humble beginnings, as it was based on the Pinto’s platform for starters — just not with the same “explosiveness” when rear-ended.

Things only get worse from there. The Mustang II, as it was called, was smaller and heavier than its predecessor and did more to hurt the nameplate than anything Chevy ever could have done.

Ford Motor Company President, the infamous Lee Iacocca who launched the original Mustang, made the decision to put this Mustang II into production. It was meant to compete with the Toyota Celica. To address new fuel economy regs, it featured a 2.3 liter inline-4-cylinder engine producing 88 horsepower. (less than a 600cc sportbike makes today!) Over its five year life, Ford sold over 1 million Mustang II models and it was even named Motor Trend Magazine’s Car of the Year in 1974.

Those accomplishments proved two things: A large number of the American public will, if you give them the opportunity, pay big money for horse manure if you give it the right name and color; and MotorTrend, back in the day, had to be trading annual honors for ad pages. That is not the case today, but back then…

Why it’ so dumb: Iacocca had launched an icon. When he had the chance to lead its redesign, he  cheaped out and undercut one of the most celebrated cars and brands of the twentieth century. Ford engineers and managers knew it was a truly awful idea to use the Pinto platform for a new Mustang. They did it anyway. Directing the engineers on this project was like asking Michelangelo to paint the fence outside of St. Peter’s after doing the Sistine Chapel.

6. Suzuki X-90

Yes, we’re sure this isn’t a large toy car like the ones you find outside a supermarket. It is actually a real car that was produced by a real manufacturer.

It looks like someone has taken any other T-top roofed car and squished it into one odd shaped Suzuki.

The T-top roof makes it even stranger as it would suggest you can have a lot of fun in the X-90. You could have some, but it would take just over 14 seconds to feel any of that fun as it slowly trickles up to 60mph.

4. Plymouth Prowler

Now if you’re dressing as Wacky Races’ Dick Dastardly for Halloween and need a car to match the outfit, look no further than the Plymouth Prowler.

For anyone else, the Prowler, designed by Chrysler engineers, was not entirely desirable.

Inspired by hot rods from the 1930s, the open front wheels look like something from an IndyCar race. Those wheels, alongside a v-shaped front end, make the Prowler seem so out of place on the roads.

We can’t possibly talk about this car without mentioning its most defining odd feature – the bumpers. Front and rear bumpers both protrude from the body of the car and look like an afterthought from the designers.

It doesn’t disappoint as a sports car though, with some later models reaching 60mph from standstill in less than six seconds. It just doesn’t need to look so much like a strange race car.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon is expensive to repair

2016 Mercedes-Benz G Wagon | Mercedes-Benz
2016 Mercedes-Benz G Wagon | Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz G 550 is a perennial favorite among celebrities, rap stars, and athletes. However, for us common folks who don’t have a steady cash flow of millions of dollars, the Mercedes G Wagon isn’t the best choice for a daily driver, especially a used one like the 2016 model that Kilmer showed in his video. “When they get to be this age, they’re going to have problems up the wazoo,” Kilmer said.

Despite going over how well-built and “solid” the Mercedes G Wagon is, Kilmer added how much it can rust over time and how ridiculously expensive it is to repair. It’s not very fuel-efficient either as Kilmer mentions that the G 550 most likely gets around 10 mpg on average.

Also, the particular G 550 that he used as an example had over 45 stored error codes when he plugged in his onboard diagnostic reader. And while not all of them were too threatening, you can bet that any of those issues could be expensive to fix.

“So realize, if you’re going to buy a G Wagon, especially a used one, you can’t impress people with how rich you are because you’ll probably be spending a bunch of money fixing it if you keep it for years. These are not cheap to repair or maintain vehicles.”

Which classic convertible do you think is the Sexiest?

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