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Ugly cars you find oddly appealing

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

  1. papa32203

    papa32203 Tele-Holic

    Nov 4, 2011
    Surprise, AZ
    OMG. Before I even opened the thread I was thinking "Pacer X"- and there it is- in the very same color I was thinking!
    My friend had one- we called it the "Packer 10" (get it? Pacer X= Packer 10. We were in HS...).
    Maybe they only came in the one color?

    I had a '72 Ford Pinto Runabout. It was not really a bad car unless you got rear-ended and exploded into a fireball.
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  2. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 18, 2006

    A friend of mine had a Chevette. The speedometer needle broke in the middle. How does that happen? He also had an AMC Eagle which holds the title for worst car I ever drove. He was seeing things that weren't there running from the side of the road and insisted I drive.

  3. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Wow, a friend who is not so good with cars, for sure.

    I ran parking garages in the 1970s and drove just about every vehicle that was available in those days.

    What I commonly saw were cars with suspensions, steering and braking systems that had been stuck back together after a bad wreck, or the parts were worn out, or both.

    It wasn't necessarily which brand it was, but what state of repair the vehicle was in. Parts got damaged easily, wore out fast, and people just kept driving them.

    We saw maybe fewer AMC Eagles because the AWD system from Puch was just not needed so much in Louisiana, but the ones I drove all seemed fine except one or two. In comparison something like a Chevette or Pontiac T-1000 was miserable even if low mileage and spotless.

    We saw all kinds of stuff. Exhausts falling off (a lot of that) but cracked and collapsed frames, buckled suspension parts, drive shafts falling to the garage floor, broken tie rods (wheels aimed in different directions).

    We had one (unnamed) office holder who was really tired of the State issued white Chrysler sedan they provided for his transport so he stopped adding oil, that came in to the garage on Camp Street often. But I secretly added a quart or more on the vehicle every time I covered that location. I understand it took another whole year before he got the motor to fail - and 18 months after that, he was playing golf under Federal Supervision someplace nearby - which seemed strange, he wasn't one of the dirtier ones.
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  4. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    My first car was a 75 Pacer in Bronze, straight 6 and 3 on the tree. Got great gas mileage, had a built in roll bar for rollover protection, roomy and would hold an entire case of beer on ice in the spare tire wheel well(good for picnics and camping). It was Fugly, friends called it the Astrodome. The only problem I had with it other than looks and jabbing from friends was the steering column shift always stuck between 1st and 2nd no matter how you shifted it. Put the shifter on the floor and solved my problems, saved my money and got a Nova.

    Pinto's were great little cars unless you got rear-ended.
    Fairmont wasn't even "Fair Looking", Mustang II and 80's Fox Body Mustang was ugly.

    90's Camaro/Firbird - Lame. Not really fond of the new one either.

    Studebaker Lark was ugly even for a Studebaker.

    Half of the early 60's American cars were questionable in the looks department.

  5. VictOr358

    VictOr358 TDPRI Member

    Dec 17, 2014
    Moscow, Russia
    She's not a beaut, but she's the cute, ain't it so? )

    By the way, I've lost track for all those lovely oddities in this thread.
    Was it here aleady?

    Not mine. Mine was Nordic Sky Blue. 100 HP, manual. Beautiful engineering. Saved 5 lives.
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  6. rz350

    rz350 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2009
    Waubeka Wisconsin
    He also has a '68 GT350 Shelby Mustang, so he's doing ok... ;)

  7. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 29, 2011
    los angeles
    I feel like everyone who owned an AMC at some point had it catch fire. It seems like that was just what those cars did.
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  8. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 29, 2011
    los angeles
    AKA Jetta?

  9. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 29, 2011
    los angeles
    I would ha[​IMG]ve to disagree on this one. I think these things actually looked cool. And you could make them look cooler.
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  10. kennl

    kennl Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2007
    Moon Township, PA

    The Saab may have been less cute at its inception

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  11. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 29, 2011
    los angeles
    I drove one just like this (a little creamier colored though) in college. Couldn't afford a new car.
    My ego has never recovered.
    Actually, I have a funny story I will tell another time, but, basically I pulled up alongside Madonna in this car (circa 1986) and freaked her out.


  12. VictOr358

    VictOr358 TDPRI Member

    Dec 17, 2014
    Moscow, Russia
    I'll oppose here, with all due respect. This blob is pure sex.

  13. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Hard-boiled egg.

  14. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 29, 2011
    los angeles
    Oh by the way, this car had either 4 or 5 cigarette lighters in it! I am not freakin' kidding. I'm pretty sure it was 5. One for each seat (with the ashtray of course) and one up front in the dash. Can you imagine 4 people hotboxing in that thing with the windows rolled up? You practically had to use your full quadriceps muscle along with your arm to open that door. The car is the epitome of excess. 500 ci motor, maybe 8-12 MPG.

  15. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    Well, my reason for not naming the Silverado in this thread is not because it's ugly, which it is, but because it doesn't have the compensating virtue of being oddly appealing.

  16. TimothyC

    TimothyC Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2016
    not just the jettas, I loved the mk2 golf as well. Even the VW fox was pretty cool, and the older but still good scirocco. (alongside the audi 4000's)

  17. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    None of these appear in this thread - this "99" model was not available in the USA. Just the 900 model (different motor, front clip).

    My parents have one mostly like like (base model, steel wheels) with 400,000 miles on it:


    Nothing ugly at all about these, I think.
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  18. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Tele-Holic

    Jan 15, 2013
    Heart O' Dixie
    My favorite...I hope there's one in my future..


  19. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Tele-Holic

    Jan 26, 2012
    Troy, MO
    A high-school buddy had an '81 Chevette "Scooter" (stupid name for the base trim stripper model...kind of like an Escort "Pony"). The Chevette was bright yellow with a tan interior, straps for inner door handles, and a four-speed. That late in the model run I think they were all 1.6L engines and had dropped the 1.4, but it was still pretty "relaxed" in the acceleration sense. The chrome modular wheels and slightly pumped up air shocks he put on it did not bring any performance benefits. He used to go up to girls at parties and ask if they wanted to check out his '81 'Vette.

    Then his mom totalled it, and he bought a new red '87 "'Vette." The '87 was a little nicer inside and got the wheels and air shocks swapped over. He ran the bejesus out of that thing and by revving it to the moon as he ran through the gears and shifting/clutching hard, he could get a pretty good tire chirp on the 1-2 shift and occasionally the 2-3. When you're 18 and only have 65 hp to play with...

    One day he came into work and said that he was able to get a chirp on the 3-4 putting spacesaver spares on BOTH rear wheels and jacking the air shocks way up. He demonstrated this for us all after work, and yep, sure enough. You could sort of drift it with those tiny rear tires.

    I think he eventually trashed the ring gear in that thing and had to find a salvage yard rear axle for it.

    I drove a new '87 Chevy Sprint back then, and it turned out to be a pretty good little car. That little Suzuki 1.0L three was a tough little motor, and easy to work on too.

  20. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Tele-Holic

    Jan 26, 2012
    Troy, MO
    I always thought XR4Ti's were cool looking too, but I never got to ride in one. A college roommate had a '83 T-bird turbo coupe, though, and it was kind of fun. Pretty good thrust for a 2.3, especially back then. He had this dream of whipping somebody in an Eagle Talon. We tried one night, and the Talon really put us on the trailer.

    My grandpa bought a new '81 Fairmont wagon with a carbureted 2.3, 4-speed and an AM radio. Cream yellow with a sort of butterscotch-colored vinyl interior. That turned out to be a pretty okay car, and its gear ratios were low enough that the 2.3 pulled it okay. Sucked in the snow, but handled surprisingly well.

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