Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Blue Three-Wheeled Car From Mr. Bean

A Reliant Regal: http://www.city-data.com/forum/automotive/340444-talking-ugly-cars-14.html
Mr. Bean, who drives a Mini, has an arch-enemy when motoring about. It's a three-wheeled Reliant, common in Britain.

When the Raliegh Bike Company ended production of three-wheeled vehicles in 1934 two of their employees thought that it was a mistake. So they started building cars in their backyard. But maybe they, themselves, were wrong and it was a mistake! Judge for yourself.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Monument to Old, Ugly Cars

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Nissan's Ugly Sports Cars

After building a sports car that looked like this up until 1983...


Nissan made the mistake and changed the design to this...

The Z31 was one of the most generic sports cars ever. But then they got things right when they came out with this...

One of the nicest car designs of all time. The 300ZX Z32 lasted from 1990 to 1996 in North America. Unfortunately they went on to build this...

The 370Z. http://www.baylordrivingclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4816

They should go back to an earlier design!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The name 'Corvair' makes a comeback?

With his book, 'Unsafe At Any Speed' Ralph Nader gave the Chevrolet Corvair a bad name. Now it looks like Motorola will be resurrecting the moniker for an Android tablet.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hitler's Favourite Car

Adolph Hitler loved the Czech-built Tatra 87. So much so that he declared, "This is the car for my highways," and the design of the 87 inspired the Volkswagen Beetle. However, the 87 was a big, fast car with V8 engine in the back: It proved dangerous to corner at high speeds and became notorious for killing many German officers. Surprisingly that large fin in the back didn't help much to stabilize it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Marcos Mantis (1971)


The Mantis was designed to look like that to give the driver a lot of visibility in every direction. Luckily only 32 were ever built before the company went under.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vladimir Putin with his hot set of wheels...

This ZAZ-968 actually might be a fun car. Like the Chevy Corvair, its engine is in the back. But it's front wheel drive, too! 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

They tried to sell Yugos in America...

Why would they build something like that?

Simon Cowell said that the Fiat Multipla had a disease. Released in 1998 it sold well in Italy but nowhere else.

What is that?

It's a Citroen Ami. Intoduced in 1961 the Ami is proof that the UN should have stepped in and prevented the French from designing any more cars.

What is it?

It's a SsangYong Korando from South Korea. With a nose like that you'd think it would be amphibious like the Amphicar...Sadly it's not.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

What kind of car does Simon Baker Drive on, 'The Mentalist?'

A 1971 Citro├źn DS. Baker, a fan of Columbo, also wanted a quirky French car. A producer of the show told Parade Magazine that it stalls all the time and, when the tail lights went out, they were painted on.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Retro is in: The Mitsuoka Viewt

Car buyers in Japan will be able to buy a brand new 1960s Jag! However, it only looks like the real thing from a distance. The Viewt is based on a Nissan Micra.

Car Spotting: 1986-1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

I saw this car in Kitchener, Ontario.
Does anybody remember that in the 1980's GM made two different two-seat sports cars? The Corvette, ofcourse, and the Pontiac Fiero...
Because of the oil crisis of 1979 caused by the Iranian revolution, General Motors saw the need to build a fuel efficient car that was fun to drive for people who'd spend a lot of time commuting by themselves. This was definitely not a vehicle that you could car pool in!
The Fiero was also unusual because it was an American car with a mid-engine, meaning the power plant was almost right behind the driver. It was certainly a unique car!
The Fiero pictured is a GT model. While the original came with a 4-cylinder engine, these had V-6's. The GT also looks sleeker than the base version which was boxy in design.
While the Fiero outsold its main competitor, the Toyota MR2, and also made a small profit for Pontiac, GM killed the car line in 1988. At the time there were manyFieros around and they were incurring a bad name for quality and durability issues. Today, however, they are an interesting collectible!
1984 Commercial for the original Fiero...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Square was in in the 1980s and when GM released it's first all-new Corvette in 20 years, the theme was square...And so was the dashboard. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

What is it?

It's called a 'Mitsuoka Orochi.' Maybe it'll crawl back to the sea from where it came.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The End of the Lada 2107

The iconic Lada sedan has soldiered on through communist times, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the introduction of capitalism. An aging model but loved for it's reliability and simplicity (and also the fact that it is cheap), Lada will end production at the end of this year.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Death of a Lada

A Lada Riva meets its demise.

The Dynasphere

The 1930s: An all new type of vehicle fails to take off.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Austin Atlantic A90

The over the top styling of the Austin Atlantic. Designed with an eye for capturing the U.S. market, Americans found the 4-cylinder engine too small. At the same time, Brits shunned it as a gas-guzzler. Production began in 1948 and ended in 1952. Today it is a highly sought after collectible.



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

After a Sex Change Build a Car...

The 1970s were marked by fuel shortages and many Americans went from driving big cars to wanting smaller ones. A new company was born touting a 3-wheel sports vehicle that would get 70MPG. Geraldine Charmichael founded the 20th Century Motor Car Corporation. She claimed to be the wife of a NASA structural engineer. In reality she was on the run from the FBI on forgery charges. The reason they couldn't catch her is because she was really a he. On the run from police a Jerry Dean Michael had undergone sex reassignment surgery to become Geraldine. Now, after collecting 3 million dollars from investors to build the car, she went into hiding. Eventually arrested, she was bailed out by a news agency for the exclusive rights to her story. But she ran again and was never caught.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Don't Import Chinese Cars to America!

Because they're way too ugly. Take, for example, the Chery QQME...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cuban Cars

With an American embargo you'll see Toyota, Peugots, and Ladas. But Cuba is rich in turquoise, tail-finned behemoths... 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ford Model T

The first affordable automobile had many nicknames. Some were: Flivver, Tin Lizzie, and Jitney Bus.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sexy Samara?

Lada Samara advertising was never this sexy in Soviet times! See...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ugly Electrics?

Picture of a 1911 Baker Electric (American Cars).

The advent of highways would spell the end for electric cars in America. Soon cities and states would be linked by automobile and people needed the gas engine because it allowed for a greater range. By the 1920s and 30s electrics were often used by the elderly to get around town and many joked that they looked like rolling phone booths.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Not So Ugly Purple Corvair!

The paint job on this car is called, 'Evening Orchid.' From: http://bambismusings.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/evening-orchid-corvair/

Tata Nano

India's Tata Nano is the world's cheapest car. However, it has not reached the expectations that many had predicted. With a waiting list of up to a year to get one, many people are buying used or spending more on a new car.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Name These Ugly Car Logos!

See if you know the car brand behind these logos: