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Ugly cars you find oddly appealing

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Steve Ouimette, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. Steve Ouimette

    Steve Ouimette Tele-Holic

    Aug 17, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ
    The butt of many jokes and the shame of the 70's, AMC cars have always been on my short list of ugly cars. But for some reason as of late I'm finding myself oddly attracted to...the Pacer!

    The color, the fishbowl windows, the oh-so-70's design. I must be crazy but it's kinda cool in "retro"spect.

    What about you?


  2. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 13, 2011
    I always have respect for anyone who drives one of these;
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  3. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Iowa USA
    Admin Post
    Mohs Opera Sedan...


  4. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    I saw "Atomic Blonde" over the weekend and there a pacer prominently displayed in a scene where they were in West Berlin. BTW some of the Best fight scenes EVER in this film!
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  5. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    I had one of these. Mine was silver. I used to decorate the windows for the holidays. It caught on fire driving down Route 287 south one night. I left it there and never looked back!
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  6. 4 Cat Slim

    4 Cat Slim Friend of Leo's

    Oct 17, 2012
    Nelson City TX
    I recall that somebody once described the front end of an Edsel as looking like an Oldsmobile after it sucked on a lemon.

    The Cadillac Seville in LutherBurger's post always reminded me of a dog dragging his backside against the lawn.

    I don't have a photo of one, but the late 1970s Datsun B210 fastback always reminded me of a big cockroach. And like
    cockroaches, those things seemed indestructible, they ran forever.

    I remember these cars (and others) fondly. I've never wanted to own one, but it makes my day when I see one on the road somewhere.
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  7. Steve Ouimette

    Steve Ouimette Tele-Holic

    Aug 17, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ
    All I can say to that is. Wow. :lol:

  8. CharlieO

    CharlieO Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Sarasota, FL

  9. Jack S

    Jack S Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 25, 2008
    Berwyn, IL
    My father had a Lloyd wagon when I was a kid. He drove a family of six around in this little cracker box. No, I don't ever want one.

    His was a pea soup green color. Check out the engine with the gas tank sitting on top of the motor that looks like a large lawnmower engine. Top speed was about 45 miles per hour with only a driver on board.

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  10. TimothyC

    TimothyC Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2016
    Love my old boxy mk2 VW's! Definitely an acquired taste. This was one of mine.

  11. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    When I was stationed in Italy one of my Italian friends had one of these I would ride in. Amazing little car. And by car, I mean in the most minimal sense of the word:eek: but I was still happy to accept the ride.:)


  12. FMA

    FMA Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    OK, I'll be the one to ask: What the hell is that?

  13. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009
    I have an Element that I use for moving gear back and forth to my office. It's ugly but is a great car.
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  14. thegeezer

    thegeezer Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

    Jul 5, 2010
    West Michigan

    Just something about these....things.

  15. Tomm Williams

    Tomm Williams Tele-Holic

    Jun 11, 2016

  16. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 18, 2006
    I find them ugly or appealing. Not both.

  17. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

    Oct 29, 2013
    Nice. I owned one of the 1,500 '89 GLI Wolfsburg "Helios" models. It was definitely ugly, but a great car.

  18. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    The Citroen and the Gremlin are just the coolest ugly cars ever. The Pacer is in there too.

    I think the VW Rabbit and later the Golf borrowed from the Gremlin design.

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