Check out the world’s ugli­est cars

Our list of the most vis­ually-chal­lenged ve­hi­cles ever to roll off an assem­bly line

The Star Early Edition - - THE QUIRKY SIDE -

Styling is a highly per­sonal and emo­tive is­sue, and one per­son’s dream ma­chine could be another’s vis­ually chal­lenged night­mare.

But we think there are some cars which have tran­scended even the most sub­jec­tive of tastes, and are true styling stinkers in any­one’s eyes. So with that, we present our list of the world’s fugli­est cars: 1975 AMC Pacer

Straight from the what-werethey-smok­ing files comes the AMC Pacer. Along with ev­ery­thing else wrong with this styling patch­work, the driver and pas­sen­ger doors are of dif­fer­ent lengths too. It was the car Wayne and Garth drove in the movie Wayne’s World, which gave it some iconic sta­tus, but not enough to save it look of 50s Amer­i­can cars taken to the ex­treme, a wild mish­mash of ev­ery styling cliche of the time. The vagina-like grille didn’t do it any favours ei­ther. 2001 Pon­tiac Aztek

Made fa­mous by Bryan Cranston’s char­ac­ter Wal­ter White in the Break­ing Bad TV se­ries, this odd­ball cross­over with con­fused styling (you can’t look at the front end with­out think­ing you’re see­ing dou­ble) didn’t quite know what it wanted to be.

Although it was quite a ca­pa­ble SUV (it could be con­verted into a cam­per, com­plete with built-in air com­pres­sor for an air mat­tress), peo­ple just couldn’t get past that strange, car­toon­ish de­sign. It ended up be­ing the butt of count­less jokes and it pre­dictably bombed in the sales charts. 1968 Citroen Ami

Hard to be­lieve this car comes from the same coun­try that gave us Brigitte Bar­dot. Then again, France also gave us the hunch­back of Notre Dame, who was prob­a­bly the in­spi­ra­tion for this mon­stros­ity. Look­ing like the love child of a Ford Anglia and a tug­boat, the Citroen Ami’s styling makes you wince. The French didn’t seem to mind. It was at one time that coun­try’s most pop­u­lar car and sold nearly 2 mil­lion units be­tween 1961 and 1978. 1970 Bond Bug

This fi­bre­glass three-wheeler has you rub­bing your eyes in dis­may. It looks like a fun­fair ride but this Bri­tish-built weird­ness is in fact a real car, which you could drive on real streets and have real peo­ple laugh­ing at you. It was pro­duced from 1970 to 1974 and no, it had noth­ing to do with a cer­tain Bri­tish se­cret agent. 2008 We­ber Faster One

Prov­ing that scenery-blur­ring su­per­cars aren’t spared from the ugly stick, this Swiss mon­stros­ity looks like a sportscar that’s be­gun melt­ing af­ter be­ing left in the sun too long.

Sure, it has a claimed top speed of 400km/h, but only be­cause you’d need some­thing this fast to es­cape an­gry mobs who gather to protest such a styling crime - not to men­tion its silly name.

So that’s our short­list of cars that make us want to stick our heads into the near­est toilet bowl. If you feel we’ve missed any, drop us an email at de­nis.droppa@inl. co.za.

Fiat Mul­ti­pla.

Citroen Ami.

Bond Bug.

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