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Ugly cars you find oddly appealing

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

  1. mcknigs

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    The first family car I remember well was the Plymouth Suburban station wagon version of this. I think it was a '58. Dad bought it used, probably in '62 or so. Mom liked it because it had air conditioning. Dad disliked it because it was somewhat unreliable. That didn't prevent him from buying a '65 Fury II wagon that was a good car for us for many years.
     

  2. Recce

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    Back in the day I nted to buy one but never did. I thought it was cool.
     

  3. Recce

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    Because it was so ugly it stuck out like a sore thumb. It was always ugly and never trendy. A bad joke Pontiac pulled on us. That is coming from a Pontiac fan that misses his G8 GT. Loved that car.
     

  4. bottlenecker

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    Dec 6, 2015
    Wisconsin
    I seem to see trendy used as a positive a lot. Is this how you think of it? I've always thought of trendy as a bad thing. Just like the vibe was trying to be a Subaru (legacy) outback, the aztek was shooting for some kind of outdoorsy crossover image. Personally, I think all crossovers and non-offroad SUVs are terrible, and trendy.
     

  5. Lies&Distortion

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    This was a smaller shop that made parts, not one of the "big 3" factories. Which was probably why it wasn't a big deal. I know of folks that have had imports vandalized at those places.
     

  6. Marcelo R

    Marcelo R Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2014
    Uruguay
    I'm not into cars - I can't even drive. But I know you can see many "things" like this, still rolling on the streets in Montevideo :rolleyes:

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  7. Recce

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    yes, I see trendy as positive at least for a while. The fidget spinners would be a current example.
     

  8. BigDaddyLH

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    A think "trendy" is one of those words like some folks use positively and other negatively.

    Like "cute". My wife uses it positively and I use it mainly negatively, as in "What do I think of that print? Pfft, cute :rolleyes:"
     

  9. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    Looks like a Renault 4CV.
     

  10. Marcelo R

    Marcelo R Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2014
    Uruguay
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  11. rz350

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  12. boris bubbanov

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    House mate of mine had one, and I gotta say it may have been the most troublesome, problematic car I've ever been around a good bit.

    The tragedy was, he'd sold a Mazda RX-7 to get it and it had been perfect (except when he was crashing it).

    The XR4 ti was the one that should have been wrecked, but sadly no such harm ever came to it.

    He sold the Mazda for more in fact than he paid for it brand new. But he took one heinous bath on this German Ford.
     

  13. boris bubbanov

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    I recall at least two couples who abruptly traded their Azteks in on the Buick version.

    Frankly, they liked the layout and the "architecture" of the vehicle but had gotten tired of the stares and abuse. The Buick soldiered on fairly well in part as a sort of "Stealth Aztek". They got the vehicle they wanted and sidestepped the negative image of the Pontiac version and the crummy customer service of a number of Pontiac dealers. To heck with all the hype about Saturn dealers; IMO shopping for a Buick instead of a Pontiac was to have a way less tacky and stressful experience start to end.

    This had happened before, with people trading in Edsels for almost identical Mercury automobiles. I knew a father and son named Willis who bought the Edsels cheap on the rebound, and most of the people they bought from had just moved over and got the next year Mercury sedan with the same motor and sometimes even the same body color. There was nothing at all wrong with the manual Edsels, and the only issue with the automatic Edsels was that push button gear selector in the steering wheel hub. I'm not saying late 50s FoMoCo products were real good btw - my Dad's base model '57 Ford Tudor was easily the worst car our extended family ever had. Total junk.
     
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  14. boris bubbanov

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    I wonder if you sometimes see Kaiser Carabelas (made in Argentina) and Willys Aeros (made in Brazil). In the mid 1950s, these brands (under Henry J Kaiser) quit car production in North America (and just kept making Jeeps) and shipped the car tooling in your direction. These would primarily have been made up until about 1962.

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  15. boris bubbanov

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    Like that Panhard, there's often other "looks like" products from the next factory down the road.

    When you DO see one of these Daimlers, you want it to be something else, but it isn't quite.

    Cars with a beam rear axle often have (for stabilization) a "Panhard Rod" and the brand Marcelo mentioned is the source of that idea, or they're the ones given credit for it.
     
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  16. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    That Daimler's got a nifty little V8 in it. Only 2500cc I think.

    There used to be a shop in downtown Baton Rouge that had a small lot full of Panhards, 2CVs, and Amis. I guess he was some kind of French 2-cylinder specialist? I dunno if he's still there, I haven't been down there since 1991 or so. I also remember seeing a French-car junkyard in one of the little towns on the old highway somewhere between Tupelo and Birmingham (maybe Guin, Gu-Win, or Winfield...), with Citroens DS and SM returning to the earth from whence they came, along with various Dauphines, Fuegos, Le Cars and other Gallic detritus.
     
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  17. boris bubbanov

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    Yeah, this little Daimler V-8 was a great little motor.

    What a shame it could not be offered to Triumph for use in their "Stag". Instead they tried to make their own small V-8 and it was a total disaster.
     

  18. blackguts

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  19. Marcelo R

    Marcelo R Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 3, 2014
    Uruguay
    Hello, I can't tell I've seen these cars but there may be some of them around here. I'll keep my eyes open :) Thanks for your reply, best regards.
     

  20. Buckocaster51

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