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The 10 worst cars you never wanted to drive

 
 
Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 08:12 pm
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/10-cars-that-probably-should-not-have-hit-the-road.html/11/
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 08:32 pm
I can think of others to put on the list, such as the AMC Matador and the Crosley.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 08:38 pm
@edgarblythe,
The Corvair.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 08:43 pm
@edgarblythe,
I agree. The list is quite selective.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 09:32 pm
@edgarblythe,
The AMC Pacer.. flying fishbowl guzzler.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 09:38 pm
@Ragman,
It's on the list I linked.

http://images.wallstcheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/800px-1975_AMC_Pacer_.jpg
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 09:41 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Access to that site has been problematic for me.

AMC Pacer is always on the least popular lists.
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 09:42 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
All-time ugliest car was the 50's model Volvo:
http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/1962_Volvo_PV_544_Restored_Front_1.jpg

A few contenders for worst car of all time...

Vega and Pinto, obviously... Those two were deliberate. The bean-counters running Detroit in those days believed that they could not profit from selling small cars; the idea was to build two spectacularly bad small cars and convince Americans that they didn't want small cars.

AMC Gremlin, an aerodynamic disaster looking for a way to happen in any sort of a crosswind:
http://www.wps.com/AMC/Gremlin/Gremlin1.JPG

Triumph Stag, slow V8 sport car with cams which would warp out of a clear sky ("Swagger up to a Stag, and stagger away")...
http://img.timeinc.net/time/2007/50_cars/triumph_stag.jpg

Renault Dauphin: Public apology to the American people from French government:
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2326/2219859599_f207393465.jpg

Worst combination of ugly and dysfunctional, 80s V6 Volvo:
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a138/gattigang/IMG_3016.jpg

The V6 Volvos were ugly enough while not running. When running, they usually resembled a destroyer laying down a smoke screen in "Victory at Sea".

Humber Super Snipe:
http://www.thesmokingtire.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/1959HumberSuperSnipeSeriesll.jpg

Various SuperSnipe configurations featured clutches based on sand, magnetism, voodoo..

Early 60s Chrysler Imperial, power brakes and steering made car borderline uncontrollable:
http://www.imperialclub.com/Repair/Exhaust/62Exhaust/1962Imperial01.jpg

Corvair Monza, Nader was 100% correct about this car, suspension was unsafe at any speed:
http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/1968_Chevrolet_Corvair_Monza_140_Coupe_Torque_Thrusts_Front_1.jpg
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 09:47 pm
my dad had a Pinto and loved it for awhile, but when it started to die it died quick. one of my dads proudest moments as a salesman was finding a sucker to buy it for many multiples of what it was worth. he said that he would have never accepted as much as be got except that the guy from the jump kept bragging about how he knew everything that there was to know about cars. dad was hopeing that the pinto survived the test drive, which was no small thing at that point.
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 10:20 pm
If ever there was a company which deserved to go under, it was AMC.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 18 Sep, 2013 10:33 pm
@gungasnake,
gungasnake wrote:

If ever there was a company which deserved to go under, it was AMC.

dad agreed, and he worked in the Kenosha plant for a spell.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 05:00 am
My lead petty officer owned an Edsel. I rode with him from Long Beach to San Antonio. It was a nice car.
johnny deep
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 05:10 am
@edgarblythe,
really nice car....
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saab
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 07:11 am
Despite being Swedish I never got to like Volvo. As a faimly we needed an old car for tranporting things we did not like to use the good cars for.
My husbond wanted a car with a towering hook. I told him no matter what "I DO NOT WANT A VOLVO" The daughter said "I DO NO WANT A RED CAR"
Off he went - got a good car for the price he wnated to pay and came home with a towering hook with a RED VOLVO in front.
I do drive it when I have to - but it is like driving a tractor.

gungasnake
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 08:51 am
@saab,
A woman once pulled into my buddy's garage with a Volvo which looked like a destroyer laying down a smoke screen and I said:

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Gee, Vaughn, I didn't know El Producto made cars!!


and the woman had her window down and had to have heard that. My buddy winced visibly....
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 08:54 am
@edgarblythe,
The Edsel wasn't an unusually bad car for what it was, it was mainly just a case of bad timing. The Edsel was just a next step in bigger/gaudier at a point in time when the American buying public had gotten tired of bigger and gaudier.

I don't include it in any sort of a list of all-time bad cars.
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IRFRANK
 
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Reply Mon 23 Sep, 2013 06:59 am
@edgarblythe,
My first car was a Corvair. I loved it. An acquired taste.
IRFRANK
 
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Reply Mon 23 Sep, 2013 07:01 am
@gungasnake,
Quote:
Corvair Monza, Nader was 100% correct about this car, suspension was unsafe at any speed:


That's interesting, because they were successfully road raced.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 23 Sep, 2013 11:58 am
@IRFRANK,
My brother had a Corvair. It didn't take much wind to make it nearly unsteerable.
Pitter
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2014 07:06 pm
@edgarblythe,
The Volvo 544 (I owned a '63) was probably the most reliable and rugged foreign car available in the US in the early sixties. It was also really roomy.
 

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