Cars are about more than transportation. Sure, any old rust-bucket can get you from point A to point B. But even the most pragmatic car-buyers value style just as much as leg room and gas mileage.
There’s no two ways about it: vehicles are a status symbol, an expensive fashion accessory. For better or worse, vehicles say as much about the driver as they do about the company that manufactured it. Why? Advertising, for starters.
So, what do the cars on this list say about those who designed, built, and drove them? My Momma told me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.
Hop in, buckle up and join Autoversed on an exploration of the worst cars ever made!
If your commute includes long stretches of highway, meandering curves, and large bodies of water then the Amphicar is just what you need!
Circa 1961, the Amphicar was West Germany’s answer to the question that nobody (sane) asked. The Amphicar’s promotional material shows the vehicle effortlessly transitioning from the road to the water. Unfortunately, the car never took off in the U.S. market and production was halted in 1965.
The Overland Octo-Auto was the brainchild of American automobile pioneer Milton Reeves. Invented in 1911, the vehicle dubbed as “the easiest riding car in the world,” had eight-wheels. Why? Nobody is quite sure.
It’s safe to say that Reeves was disappointed by the car’s reception. He failed to receive a single order for his eight-wheeled abomination. Not satisfied with failure, Reeves would go on to invent the Sexto-Auto, which had six wheels and also failed miserably.
Aston Martin Lagonda
It was the ‘70s and Aston Martin was up against it. The company was facing mounting financial pressure and, in the hopes of digging themselves out, they opted to foray into the four-door vehicle market. They did two-door cars well, so how hard could four-doors really be.
As it turns out, pretty hard. The Lagonda was full of on-board computers that failed constantly. It wasn’t aesthetically pleasing either. Bloomberg has the Lagonda listed as one of the 50 ugliest cars of the last 50 years and it made Time Magazine’s top 50 worst-cars list too!