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Thursday, October 25, 2007 

Vol. 3 No. 21

The 50 Worst Cars of All Time…

The Headline Alone Intrigued me…


So at the risk of citing another publication citing yet another publication, an article in a recent issue of Automotive News caught my eye, which, in turn, highlighted Pulitzer Price-winning auto writer Dan Neil’s recent article in Time Magazine which noted the 50th anniversary of the Edsel by identifying what, to him, were the 50 “worst cars of all time.” So now having given proper approbation, without you having to flip through the fifty Web pages of the article, here are the best of worst –

1899 Horsey Horseless (at least it would be fun to bring back the name)
1909 Ford Model T
1911 Overland OctoAuto (you had to see this one)
1913 Scripps-Booth Bi-Autogo
1920 Briggs and Stratton Flyer
1933 Fuller Dymaxion
1934 Chrysler/Desoto Airflow

1940-1959
1949 Crosley Hotshot
1956 Renault Dauphine
1957 King Midget Model III (and you thought the “mini” was a an innovation)

1957 Waterman Aerobile
1958 Ford Edsel
1958 Lotus Elite
1958 MGA Twin Cam
1958 Zunndapp Janus
(no doubt about it 1958 was a bumper year for bad cars)

1960-1974
1961 Amphicar
1961 Corvair (Ralph Nader loved this one)
1966 Peel Trident
1970 AMC Gremlin
1970 Triumph Stag
1971 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron Two-Door Hardtop
1971 Ford Pinto
1974 Jaguar XK-E V12 Series III

1975-1989
1975 Bricklin SV1
1975 Morgan Plus 8 Propane
1975 Triumph TR7
1975 Trabant
1976 Aston Martin Lagonda
1976 Chevy Chevette
1978 AMC Pacer
1980 Corvette 305 "California"
1980 Ferrari Mondial 8 (Ferrari made this list, who would have thought it?)
1981 Cadillac Fleetwood V-8-6-4
1981 De Lorean DMC-12
1982 Cadillac Cimarron
1982 Camaro Iron Duke
1984 Maserati Biturbo ('"Biturbo" is, of course, Italian for "expensive junk."')
1985 Mosler Consulier GTP
1985 Yugo GV
1986 Lamborghini LM002

1990-Present
1995 Ford Explorer
1997 GM EV1
1997 Plymouth Prowler
1998 Fiat Multipla
2000 Ford Excursion
2001 Jaguar X-Type
2001 Pontiac Aztek
2002 BMW 7-series
2003 Hummer H2
2004 Chevy SSR

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