The 10 Ugliest Cars Of The 20th Century

1979 Mercury Zephyr


Sometimes, car manufacturers try to get creative and design vehicles that stand out from the crowd. This does not always result in cars that are aesthetically appealing to consumers. Here are the 10 ugliest cars of the 20th century.


1. 1979 Mercury Zephyr

The 1970s had few stand out vehicles. The Zephyr is memorable for its ugliness. It had a weird roofline, slanted taillights, and an upright grill. There were many features that did not blend well in general.


2. 1990 Pontiac Trans Port

In the height of minivan popularity, this vehicle seemed to push the design of a traditional model. It was the first minivan to be released by General Motors and will go down in history as one of the ugliest. The appearance led to the the nickname “Dust Buster,” since it looked like the famous handheld vacuum.


3. AMC Eagle

Even though this vehicle set a precedence for today’s all-wheel drive cars, the Eagle was an ugly representation. The entire frame was stale and created from a mixture of old parts. The body was unattractive as well.


4. 1982 Aston Martin Lagonda

Despite the sophisticated brand, this Astin Martin came with an odd shape that made it one of the ugliest cars of the 20th century. It had a flat, square body that appeared uneven.


5. 1960 Plymouth Valiant

This car may have looked bad, but it was a top seller for Plymouth. The design was extremely busy, which accentuated the poor body lines. In the end, it was considered one of the ugliest cars of this era.


6. 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS

This Isuzu model worked effectively as an SUV, but it failed to offer an appealing style. The exterior was designed as a vehicle for the future, but it never managed to catch on.


7. 1970 AMC Gremlin

It was a good thing that the Gremlin performed well because it never would have sold for exterior appeal. It provided good fuel efficiency and smooth handling, but it was extremely ugly to look at.


8. 1978 Datsun B210

The Datsun B210 was a small car that was cheap, but it was also aesthetically unappealing. Even though it ran very well, the hatchback failed to impress drivers because it looked so bad.


9. 1996 Suzuki X90

For a few years, Suzuki produced the X-90. The short wheel base made it fall short in the SUV market, and the exterior styling was unappealing. The manufacturer tried to explain the ugly exterior as a means to display its “ruggedness.”


10. 1983 Dodge Rampage

Similar to Subaru’s Baja, this vehicle had the front of a car with the back of a truck. The ugly combination never impressed the public. Besides the unattractive design, it also lacked in performance as well.