Automotive design is a long and tedious process with many steps such as creating a life-size clay model of the prototype. And though the cars are getting sleeker and their design is almost as important as reliability and functionality, there were and still are many flukes that shouldn't have hit the road or seen the light of day.

Any new car starts its life as a sketch and later as a prototype - if it gets confirmed, it goes to the production line. But some of these thoroughly ugly cars somehow skipped the approval of executives and made their way onto the streets, much to our dismay now. Some of these designs could be considered a bold step ahead in the automotive industry, while others look as though the designer just didn't give a hoot about the outcome. Cars that remind us of a boxy drawing by a six-year-old, cars that seem to have no lines or too many of them, and even curiosities such as three-wheelers have made it into our list of vehicles that are so ugly, they've reached sort of a cult status by now.

From Fiat Multipla to Rolls Royce Phantom, we didn't spare any of these monstrosities and put them into our glorious list of objects d'art. Scroll down below to check them out, don't forget to vote for the ugliest, and tell us what you think in the comments!

#1

Fiat Multipla

Fiat Multipla

Named a Psychotic Cartoon Duck, this masterpiece has been produced by an Italian company called Fiat. And though buyers enjoyed the roomy interior, the sneers and laughs from beholders of the Multipla's exterior didn't help with the sales. This absolutely unique car was even displayed at the Modern Art Museum (MOMA) in New York as a design exhibit 

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Markus Holstein 2 weeks ago

You feel the necessity to explain what Fiat is?

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#2

Dodge A100 Pickup

Dodge A100 Pickup

The flat-nosed, ever-surprised Dodge A100 was a range of compact vans and trucks that arguably was just too weird to gain enough popularity in its six years of production 

CZmarlin Report

Caridina Japonica 2 weeks ago

Actually this one is cute...

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#3

Nissan S-Cargo

Nissan S-Cargo

The name of this overly cute retro car is actually a double entendre, standing for 'Small Cargo' but sounding similar to 'escargot' which means a snail in French. We think it looks more like a Pope-mobile on steroids 

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캉 홍빈 2 weeks ago

I feel a bit embarrassed, some of the cars on the list look like cars I'd buy😅

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#4

Reliant Robin

Reliant Robin

Lovingly nicknamed as the "Plastic Pig" by the British for its distinctive shape and fiberglass body, this ugly three-wheeler is an absolute comedy gag classic 

Barracuda Report

Kar D 2 weeks ago

Mr Bean's enemy

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#5

Bond Bug

Bond Bug

Though the Bond Bug looks like a three-wheeled carrot, it was known as a relatively fun car to drive that managed to reach the speed of 122 km/h. Yet, we are not sure if it's a good idea to zoom around at such speeds in a car that has a missing wheel. The Bug was quite a popular car at its time, but being sold for the same prices as more practical cars, it soon fell into demise 

Mick Report

Kjorn 1 week ago

futur nemesis for Mr.Bean

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#6

Corbin Sparrow

Corbin Sparrow

The Sparrow, also known as the Jelly Bean and Pizza Butt is one passenger, electric battery-powered city car. We truly think its sole purpose is to make your teenage kid feel even more ashamed of you 

Alfvanbeem Report

Foxxy 2 weeks ago

I saw a guy drive one of these and whilst they are ugly, it was also adorable because it is so small.

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#7

Lightburn Zeta

Lightburn Zeta

Lightburn was an Australian company that produced cement mixers and washing machines. In popular opinion, they should've stayed away from the automotive industry. But they didn't, and now we have this charming little nonsense in our list 

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캉 홍빈 2 weeks ago (edited)

Really? I think this car is good for when you have a lot of groceries or go on a trip. Personally I'd buy it but not for a leisure stroll around the city y'know. Maybe I'm just not "fashion savvy" with cars?🤔

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#8

Nissan Cube

Nissan Cube

Though the Cube has won several nominations for its design and has been named a top vehicle pick for dog owners, we aren't convinced that it wasn't made from a sketch by a six-year-old 

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MsM 1 week ago

I've seen a few of these. My daughter called it a "hamster car" :-D

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#9

Sebring Vanguard CitiCar

Sebring Vanguard CitiCar

Though the idea of electricity powered CitiCar seemed like a good one, its coal cart design didn't make the right impression to buyers

www.motor1.com Report

Alexandru Bucur 2 weeks ago

Heh. Inventor, Youtuber and self-styled "queen of shitty robots" Simone Giertz has a yellow one which she nicknamed "Cheese Louise" because it's resemblance to a piece of cheese. She once turned it into a car-sized computer mouse.

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#10

Suzuki X-90

Suzuki X-90

Suzuki X-90 is probably the only car that looks better with a huge can of Red Bull fixed on its trunk

MNXA Report

Debster 2 weeks ago

Soooo cute

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#11

AMC Pacer

AMC Pacer

Compared to a vehicle from The Jetsons cartoon and dubbed 'The Flying Fishbowl' the Pacer is truly a 70s design icon 

Charles01 Report

MsM 1 week ago

UGH! I remember these from my childhood. FUGLY for sure! But on a positive note, it's the Wayne's World car...

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#12

Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting-Brake

Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting-Brake

The Shooting-brake car body style originated in the 1890s as a wagon used to transport shooting parties. We can't imagine anyone sitting with a double-barrel in this Lagonda's boot, but we can see it being used as a doorstop or for splitting logs

exc911ence Report

Caridina Japonica 2 weeks ago

I'd expect coffins in the trunk...

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#13

Marcos Mantis

Marcos Mantis

Though luxurious, powerful, and relatively cheap, this British Mantis had no success in the market with only 32 cars of the first generation sold. Maybe it was just too beautiful for the classy British people

RETROCK Report

Charlotte Ayers 2 weeks ago

This one looks like it would bite your head off, just like a praying mantis. That might be the problem. Cool though.

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#14

Citroën Ami 6

Citroën Ami 6

Incredibly enough, this mish-mash of a car was once the best-selling new car model in France. We, on the other hand, aren't sure how you were supposed to change the rear tires or open the melted hood 

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Aunt Messy 1 week ago

It's sexy/ugly. I like it.

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#15

Talbot-Matra Rancho

Talbot-Matra Rancho

The Rancho was a French effort to jump into the off-road trend. This boxy vehicle was made almost entirely out of fiberglass and polyester which gave it the 'off-road' look for a lesser price. Interestingly enough, after some facelifting, it became the legendary van called Renault Espace 

Александр К. Report

Marcellus the Third 1 week ago

This explains to me why the Espace, though very practical, was hard to drive; it felt like a motorized sofa or at least the ones I rented.

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#16

Lightburn Zeta Sports

Lightburn Zeta Sports

Another masterpiece by an Australian washing machine and cement mixer company Lightburn

carmrades-blog.com Report

Debster 2 weeks ago

Love it!

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#17

Honda Insight

Honda Insight

The first generation Honda Insight is still ranked as one of the most fuel-efficient gasoline engine cars ever produced. The efficiency probably has to do with its uber-aerodynamic body that to this day manages to raise some brows with its weirdness

Aleksey Report

Charlotte Ayers 2 weeks ago

Citroen had this design first and did it better.

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#18

Lamborghini LM002

Lamborghini LM002

Amazingly powerful, the LM002 was favorited by the rich of the Arabian Emirates as a desert plaything. We think it looks like someone with repressed anger issues designed it 

wheelsage.org Report

Debster 2 weeks ago

Looks like a matchbox car

#19

Bufori Geneva

Bufori Geneva

Even though this car can accommodate a cigar humidor, a Chinese tea set, and its back seats have a pneumatic massage device, the Geneva still looks like a very well fattened-up pig 

El Monty Report

Debster 2 weeks ago

Ok yes this one is gross.

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#20

Pontiac Aztek

Pontiac Aztek

Though marketed as an 'Xtreme' design crossover for the Generation X buyer demographics, the Aztek was only appreciated by the pre-Heisenberg Walter White type of folks 

Bonneville Report

Toujin C'Thlu 1 week ago

'Xtreme' sounds for like something you'd use to advertise a toy or fast food item, not a car

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#21

Plymouth Prowler

Plymouth Prowler

Hot-rod inspired Prowler was supposed to be an everyday use-type of car. Thankfully, this masterpiece wasn't as successful as expected, and we don't have to see it prowling the streets on a daily basis 

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Shubham Raut 2 weeks ago

Its awesome.

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#22

Mitsuoka Orochi

Mitsuoka Orochi

Labeled as a "fashion supercar" the Orochi and its many Anime-inspired editions deserves a proud place in this list of ugly cars 

TTTNIS Report

dag 2 days ago

The front looks weirdly like a talking labia.

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#23

Pontiac Fiero

Pontiac Fiero

Nothing screams 'The 80s' louder than the design of this Pontiac. Though the model has been met quite badly with the press because of its quirkiness and unreliability, the GMC Pontiac division had a hard time keeping up with the demand through the years it was produced. No matter its weird design, the Fiero has a cult-like following to this day 

Manhattan Report

MsM 1 week ago

OY! My first job was at a Pontiac dealership in the late 80's. HORRENDOUS vehicle!

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#24

Saturn SC

Saturn SC

Surprisingly enough, the Saturn SC (or Sports Coupe) is still sought after not only by collectors but also by people who admire the longevity, ease of repair and its good mileage. This cross-eyed beast even has quite a few Facebook fan groups and owner support networks 

IFCAR Report

Podunkus 5 days ago

Demand for the Saturn was overwhelming and GM couldn’t keep up. The underlying forces behind Saturn's demise was GM's tight-fisted insistence on managing all its divisions centrally, and leadership at both GM and the UAW demanding that Saturn get in line with traditional ways of doing things. They never really wanted a “different kind of company” or a “different kind of car” and killed it through mismanagement.

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#25

Jensen S-V8

Jensen S-V8

Another fluke by the British automotive industry - The Jensen and its cartoon-like design was never meant to be popular

Hilton & Moss Report

Debster 2 weeks ago

I like it!

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#26

Isuzu VehiCROSS

Isuzu VehiCROSS

Winner of rallies of its time, and praised for its unique design the VehiCROSS still looks to us like at least three cars were mashed together in an afterschool project 

Александр К. Report

Sara Kate MacFarland 2 weeks ago

I always want to say gesundheit when I hear the name Isuzu

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#27

Chevrolet El Camino

Chevrolet El Camino

'Business in the front, party in the back,' goes a long way describing the El Camino. It was supposed to be the ultimate car for ranchers that also deal business in town, but to us, this marriage between a pickup and a coupe looks like a total no-go 

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Catlady6000 2 weeks ago

The mullet of automobiles

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#28

Rolls Royce Phantom VIII

Rolls Royce Phantom VIII

Rolls Royce's Phantoms have always been known as the ultimate luxury cars - the incredibly smooth driving experience and unlimited interior personalization gained it a lot of praise. You probably have to have a couple of millions in your bank account, though, to fully comprehend its majestical appearance, because to us, regular humans, it looks ugly as hell 

Porlamfer Report

Podunkus 5 days ago

‘’Ah yes, the Rolls Royce of automobiles.” - Johnny English

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#29

Tatra 603

Tatra 603

Well, the Tatra isn't as bland as the usual Eastern European Communist car, but maybe it should've been. The weird placement of its headlights make it look closely related to a Cyclops 

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#30

Volkswagen 181

Volkswagen 181

Commonly known as 'The Thing' this Volkswagen was mainly used for NATO military purposes. Due to its low safety standards, The Thing was sold in the US only for couple short years  

Mr.White Report

Kusotare 2 weeks ago

The accompanying caption is wrong. VW sold The Thing/Safari/Type 181 in the US in the early '70s.

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#31

Chevrolet SSR

Chevrolet SSR

The SSR perfectly illustrates a failed attempt at creating a retro-inspired, yet modern-looking car. The sales of it were very disappointing, and we definitely can see why 

Cadillac Report

Podunkus 5 days ago

It looks like inflated rubber.

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#32

Pontiac Trans Sport

Pontiac Trans Sport

The original concept of Trans Sport had gullwing doors, a glass roof, a built-in Nintendo Entertainment System, and an overall futuristic look. After those details got stripped down, it started to look like a handheld vacuum, which gave it the nickname of 'dustbuster' 

AG84 Report

Marcellus the Third 1 week ago

The cross-eyed lights and "wha?"-mouth below the plate don't help to make it look like you know where you're going either.

#33

Lancia Thesis

Lancia Thesis

Well, the Thesis isn't unpleasant to look at, but this higher end Italian design is one of those that you either love or hate 

autocar.co.uk Report

#34

Wartburg 353

Wartburg 353

The Wartburg was probably the blandest of the bland Eastern European cars ever conceived. No wonder its name starts with a 'wart' 

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Markus Holstein 2 weeks ago

Wartburgs were from the German Democratic Republic. Though part of the communist block they clearly weren't "eastern European"

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#35

AMC Gremlin

AMC Gremlin

The AMC's Gremlin had more than enough personality even for the 70s - the sawed-off back, the quirky proportions, and unusual trimmings made it stand out from the crowd. It is still debatable whether the unique looks made it awesome or ugly

I, Bob DuHamel Report

Stacy Hayes 2 weeks ago

I had a 77 Gremlin in college in 98. My license plate was GIZMOE. I loved it. Got plenty of thumbs up on highway. Although I had nightmares about driving it sometimes. The stick shift on the floor was like 3 ft long and very hard to find gears.

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#36

Subaru Impreza Casa Blanca

Subaru Impreza Casa Blanca

Though the Impreza is beloved by many, the Casa Blanca 'luxury' edition truly looks like a cartoon beaver. In a bad way  

Tennen-Gas Report

#37

Ford Pinto Wagon

Ford Pinto Wagon

The Pinto had two significant oversights - the overly 70s design which looks quite cringy now and a technical issue of easily rupturing fuel tank. That meant that getting rear-ended even at low speeds could easily set the Pinto on fire

Cadillac Report

Beverly 2 weeks ago

"Two" oversights. And they actually did cause several horrible, fatal crashes.

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#38

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Though the PT Cruiser is known to be a very satisfying drive, we think that the designers should steer clear away from the 30s inspirations as it never really works 

Juliano Scotini Report

Marcellus the Third 1 week ago

Disagree. These came on the market in Europe when everything else looked ab-so-lu-te-ly the flavourless same, and definitely stuck out. Not a design classic, more a relief.

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#39

Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus

The third generation Taurus steered away from its predecessors' straight lines, thus creating this oval-shaped, cross-eyed, squishy looking thing. And though buyers thought badly about the design, the Taurus still kept its best-seller status 

IFCAR Report

Debster 2 weeks ago

The turtle is what the dealership called it.

#40

Subaru Brat

Subaru Brat

The BRAT or "Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter" is a total hit or miss. Some adore its absolute quirkiness and great performance, while others hate its overly 'youthful' looks 

Sbocha Report

dag 2 days ago

I love this car.

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#41

FSO Polonez

FSO Polonez

Another gem from the Easter European Communist block. No matter how many trimmings were added or how many horses were put in the commercials it still looked like a slab of concrete 

Владимир Беляев Report

dag 2 days ago

Looks like the Scirocco. This didn't stand out in any way at the time.

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#42

Citroën C4 Cactus

Citroën C4 Cactus

The Cactus, in addition to its squinty headlights, also had the 'Airbump' side panels that were supposed to guard the car against accidents in parking lots. We didn't know whether it worked in those instances, but it definitely did guard many from buying it 

M 93 Report

Marcellus the Third 1 week ago

My parents not too long ago bought one in overstock. Indeed unsellable, so really great car for its price. 1L engine on car with little glass (hence, lighter for same safety) = good mileage. And in black, it's really easy to get to like it; this however looks like a zebra in minecraft.

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#43

Renault Fuego

Renault Fuego

The first car to feature a remote keyless system with central locking and the fastest diesel engine car of its time it really lacked in the design department 

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