Every once in a while a motor company comes up with an idea for a vehicle so fresh, so new, so ground breaking it's bound to... fail - miserably, fall flat on it's face. This is a list of some of the ugliest vehicles that have ever seen the road.
The AMC Pacer was a two-door compact automobile produced in the United States by the American Motors Corporation between 1975 and 1980. Its "jellybean" styling has made it an icon of the 1970s. Car and Driver dubbed it "The Flying Fishbowl". The unconventional styling, inadequate cargo space and relatively low performance from the six-cylinder engines were cited as factors in the Pacer's lack of success. Now old enough to be a "classic car", the Pacer has come to be regarded in some quarters as a 1970s design icon. According to Business Week, the 1970s were "infamous for disco, Watergate and some of the ugliest cars ever."
The Subaru BRAT (an acronym for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) is a coupé utility version of the Subaru Leone, built from the late 1970s into the early 1990s. It was first introduced for the 1978 model year and followed the concept of the Chevrolet El Camino and the Ford Ranchero. Although the BRAT could fairly be called a truck, the plastic seats in the cargo bed allowed Subaru to classify the BRAT as a passenger car. This both left little cargo space, and it also caused a few fatalities in accidents. Passenger cars imported into the US were charged only a 2.5% tariff, compared to 25% on light trucks. President Ronald Reagan owned a 1978 BRAT until 1998, which he kept at his ranch near Santa Barbara, California.
The Ford LTD was a car produced by the Ford Motor Company in North America. A range of full-size cars wore various forms of the LTD nameplate from 1965 to 1991 in the United States. The LTD debuted as the highest trim level on the 1965 full-size Ford range under the name Galaxie 500 LTD and became its own series for the first time in 1966. From 1969 to 1970, the LTD shared top-of-the line trim pieces featuring a grille with hidden headlamps; these were shared with the Galaxie XL sport coupe and the Country Squire station wagon.
The second-generation Ford Mustang is a pony car that was manufactured by Ford Motor Company from 1973 until 1978. It was introduced in coupe and hatchback versions for the 1974 model year, in time for the 1973 oil crisis. The Mustang II had no common components with the preceding models and shared its platform with the subcompact-sized Ford Pinto. A review by Edmunds concluded: "As much as the Mustang II is despised today, Ford appreciated its success back then." "The Mustang II kept the pony car spirit alive in the face of those very rough times ... no small achievement and reason enough to respect Iacocca's little jewel."