Can You Identify The World's Ugliest Cars From An Image?

Robin Tyler

Image: Youtube via 2stroketurbo

About This Quiz

Over the past 130 years of motoring, the car has come on in leaps and bounds in terms of design. 

As automotive engineers learned more and engines became more powerful and pushed vehicles along at faster speeds, things like aerodynamics became important, leading to sweeping lines in terms of design. 

That said, many cars, even to this day, remain, in a word, UGLY!

We accept that this is a very subjective thing, but we have gone about identifying 50 that we believe are some of the ugliest cars ever produced. 

But would you be able to name them all?

And we have a range of cars on the list. Some are fairly obscure. They would have to be, as ugly generally means they weren't bought in great quantities and fell away into obscurity. Of course, there are exceptions to this like the Yugoslavian car brought to the United States in the early 1980s. Thousand and thousands were sold, despite the fact the car was not only ugly but not reliable either. And there are many more. 

Now you may not agree with all the cars on this list, but as we said, beauty or ugliness is often in the eye of the beholder.

Good luck, you going to need it to be only 1 of 38 people to ace this quiz. 

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Released in 1974, the Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar is... let's try to be nice here... interesting. This electric car was produced during the oil crisis, but let's be honest, it looks like a wedge of cheese.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

What was Fiat thinking? This compact MPV was first released in 1998. With its odd shape, it got more notice thanks to its looks than anything else. And those weird mid-center lights? What are those all about?

What ugly car is shown in this image?

S-Cargo! We see what you did there, Nissan. That doesn't save this ridiculous-looking light commercial van. If they wanted it to look like a snail, they achieved their goals.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Microcars are fun, normally. The Bond Bug is just terrible to look at. First produced in 1974, the Bug looks like something you might want to squish with your shoe.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Released to the American public in 2001, the Aztek from Pontiac wasn't a pretty-looking car, especially the sloping rear section. It didn't sell well either.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Not many people would remember the Pacer had it not been for its starring role in the slacker comedy and cult classic, Wayne's World. This was one fairly unremarkable but ugly car.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

A contentious entry in our list of ugly cars, the PT Cruiser was something you either loved or hated. The convertible, however, is simply a monstrosity.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Produced from 1961 to 1978, the Ami from Citroen was fairly hideous! Looking like it was designed when a high wind was blowing, the Ami had a large slant from the right to left. Apparently, they are in demand today. There is no accounting for taste, is there?

What ugly car is shown in this image?

City cars can be fairly bland, but the Tico looks like a lump of margarine left in the fridge. And all those windows? Not great if you need your privacy at the drive-in theatre!

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Made in Australia, the Zeta first entered production in 1963. This lasted to 1965 with only 400 sold. This might have been on account of the fact that the Zeta not only had a silly name but was not the prettiest car to look at.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Certainly not a master or an ace, this van certainly wasn't bought for its looks. That said, it was fairly practical.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Rubbish looks, rubbish reliability. That about sums about the Yugo. Strangely, over 140,000 were sold in the United States in the 1980s.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Produced in communist East Germany from 1966 to 1991, the Wartburg 353 was not the finest moment in car design. But when there isn't much competition, even ugly sells. Over 1 million were built during that period.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

The 1999 version of the Ford Taurus was particularly unpleasant on the eye. With its droopy headlights, it just looked sad. So sad in fact, you almost expected it to start crying.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

When you are making an off-road or leisure vehicle, we understand that big and imposing is a good thing. A large ugly rear section with massive windows doesn't make your vehicle look big and imposing, it makes it look silly. Those funny round headlights on a square design don't help either.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

With its elongated hood and cut off back section, the Gremlin looks a bit like a wedge of cheese. Or a door stop.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

This utility coupe, introduced in 1978, is not one of Subaru's finest design moments. It really looks like it was designed as a car first and then, with a few slices, a utility coupe emerged.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

This one is up for debate. Some people love the Prowler, but we don't. Maybe if the front wheels were not exposed - they have mudguards for goodness sake - we might like it a little more.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Square and angular - for us the third-generation Buick Skylark looks like a squarangle! Not only ugly, its just boring.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Before the Volvo 240 became fairly cool, it was hideous. The wagon version, in particular, looks like a rectangle. Not very aerodynamic at all!

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Let's face it, the DeLorean failed for a number of reasons. Looks must have been one of them. It's not pretty and only really saved by having gullwing doors. It gets coolness points for having formed part of the "Back to the Future" film trilogy, however. Cool can still be ugly!

What ugly car is shown in this image?

British car companies have always built some excellent sports cars. Not even the fact that it was a convertible could save the ugliness of the SV-8, however. The fact that the body panels didn't seem to fit correctly either, didn't help.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Gull wing doors ... pretty cool! Shaped like a doorstop ... not so much! The Bricklin SV-1 was only produced for two years from 1974 to 1975.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Even Bugatti get it wrong. Look at it from the rear and the Exner is not too bad looking. But what did they do to the front? That grill is just hideous and why are the headlights tucked so far back?

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Open top cars such as the Jetstream SC250 can be a hit or miss affair. Often, it's the performance that sees them walk off the sales floor. No amount of performance could help the SC250 though. And what's up with that incredible angle on the windscreen?

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Now this car has some cool about it thanks to the fact that it is powered by hydrogen. And from the back it looks ... OK. From the front, however, it's not a great piece of design. We think they were going for a futuristic look, but the world isn't ready yet.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Just look at the Nouera, which is produced in Japan, incidentally. That grill is hideous and certainly doesn't fit in with all of those lights. We will pass on this one, thanks.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Great name! Shame about the rest of it. The Geneva is a modern car trying to pull off a retro feel. That always ends in tears, although from the side, it's not too bad. From the front, however, it's hideous.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

What a name! Pity about the abysmal shape. All pointy in the front and square at the back. That's never worked in car design and certainly doesn't here.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

If we're honest, a few better design elements and the Mantis XP might have been a looker. Now, however, it's not the prettiest sports car you will ever see. And that's us being nice. The front, in particular, looks like a motorbike road straight down the hood and dented it perfectly down the middle.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

This massive MPV was first marketed in 2004. The good? It can carry up to 11 people. The bad? They won't want to get in it because it's so ugly! In particular, the curvy lines that form toward the rear only for it to become totally square. Horrendous!

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Another city car, another ugly car. The X-90 looks like someone took a full-sized car and squashed it from both sides.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

This one divides opinions. Some people love it, others hate it! it certainly looks different but different isn't always good. In our book, it's not the most beautiful car we have ever seen.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Another car from a communist country, another lesson in how not to design a vehicle. The Tatra was built in Czechoslovakia between 1956 and 1975. We not quite sure how to describe the design on this one.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Without a doubt, the Impreza is a performance car of note. It hasn't always been one of the prettiest cars ever made, however, particularly the first two generations.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

How pointy is the M70? That said, it looks like the front, middle and rear sections are all designed by different people. Not a good thing when it comes to car design!

What ugly car is shown in this image?

No, no, no, no! This has nothing to do with the spirit of the Mini and the name should be removed! And its very ugly, too!

What ugly car is shown in this image?

A Lambo among the world's ugliest cars? Yes. Look at it. It seems to have been designed by a 12-year-old. It has more pointy bits than a triangle.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

The BMW X6 is a strong indication that the coupe/SUV merger was a bad idea.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Named after a beautiful French palace, the Lincoln Versailles is certainly not easy on the eye.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

This three-wheeler from the late 1940s looks like a pointy shoe, not a car.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Looks more like a vehicle you might ride on in a themepark, not a car. Where are the doors? I'm calling health and safety ...

What ugly car is shown in this image?

A quirky three-wheeler, the Reliant Robin was made famous in the Mr. Bean TV series as well as the madcap Top Gear crew trying to launch it like a space shuttle. No matter how quirky it is, it is still ugly.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Dubbed "The Thing," the 181 was an interesting vehicle from Volkswagen. It looked like a military vehicle from World War II, not necessarily a good thing. And that slant of the hood just didn't fit in with the overall design.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

It's a cube, on wheels. No more words necessary.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

The Smart ForTwo has been around for a few decades. And when it comes to subcompact cars, it's prettier than most. It still looks like a bug you want to squash, though.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

It's Bentley. It's a luxury SUV. It's ugly!

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Another vehicle famous from a movie (it appeared in Austin Powers: Goldmember), the Corbin Sparrow looks like a banana that has had one end cut off (especially when painted yellow). Quirky ... yes. Beautiful ... no!

What ugly car is shown in this image?

Oh Porsche, what were you thinking? We get you wanted a four-door executive sports car but did it have to be so ugly. It doesn't even really look like a Porsche.

What ugly car is shown in this image?

French car manufacturer Citroen has made a few interesting-looking cars over the years. The Ami is perhaps the most ugly one to date though. And it wasn't just one version. All of them were fairly hideous.

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