I Might Be Ugly, but Drivers Still Loved Me
In the world of automobiles, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Granted, there are some cars that everyone agrees are timeless beauties – like Ferraris, Mercedes, and Porsches. There are other cars that everyone agrees are the ugliest of the uglies, like anything made by AMC. However, there are some cars that are neither gorgeous or horrendous, but somewhere in between. These are the cars that might be on the ugly side, but there is something about them that people found endearing. Here are a few:
1. The Ford Pinto. Yes, the car was deadly, but how many did Ford sell? Three million. It’s not gorgeous, but somebody saw something in the little hatchback with the bad reputation.
2. The Chevy Chevette/Pontiac T-1000. The early compact cars left something to the imagination, but these little dogs became bestsellers for a reason. Was it the glamour interior? No. The attractive design? Probably not. The low price? Probably. Regardless, the car became a favorite in the 70s and 80s, selling over 315,000 just in 1976 alone. The Pontiac T-1000 sold fewer, but it was the same car with a different label.
3. The Pontiac Aztec. This is usually the first place finisher on many ugliest car lists, but anyone who has driven an Aztec knows the drives much better than it looked. Plus, any car that could be turned into a camper can’t be that bad. If you don’t believe me, take one for a test drive and you will quickly realize that true beauty really comes from inside.
4. The Ford Edsel. Was it coming or going? Who knew? All we do know is that the car that was supposed to usher in a new era with Ford didn’t quite make it. The car that should have been elegant, was anything but. The car was so unfortunate looking that you had to feel bad for it; it wasn’t the car’s fault.
5. The DeLorean DMC-12. This is a controversial one because so many people believe that the DeLorean DMC-12 was one of the most attractive cars ever made. But, if it was so attractive, why didn’t more people buy them. Why aren’t manufacturers making cars with gull-wing doors today? The dull silver finish only got duller over time. Still, it’s so sad that the car that had so much potential didn’t make it. That’s why the car is on the list.