The Worst Cars Ever Sold

Published July 2, 2015
Updated June 29, 2015

Owning a terrible car is a rite of passage for most of us. It’s a rare, and very lucky, Westerner who hasn’t at some point been roped into buying a rolling lemon that’s three-quarters replacement parts and one-quarter rust. This is usually because we were dumb enough to buy used from a “like, totally reliable” dealer who was recommended by a soon to be ex-friend, but some cars were just bad to begin with.

From the automotive industry’s rough early days, through the rough period of the 1970s – when auto makers seemed to be in a competition to produce the ugliest, most underpowered tin can on Earth – and right down to the modern day’s abominations, some cars stand out as some of the worst piles of scrap metal ever to be attached to wheels.

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Richard Stockton
Richard Stockton is a freelance science and technology writer from Sacramento, California.