Cars that should never have been built

Last updated 07:10 02/03/2014

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How bad can it get with some cars?

Some were ugly, others were mechanically or dynamically unsound and some just didn’t sell.

These cars suffered in all four areas and are among the worst cars of all time.


Triumph Mayflower

It always looked like the misshapen out of scale miniature of the larger, more elegant Renown model, viewed in the distorted reflection of a fairground mirror. Triumph did sell some, however and it even gained a fan club. Go figure that one.


Edsel Citation

The controversial Edsel reached showrooms, without comment. Shocked parents would shield their children’s eyes from its controversial grille and a normal one was introduced, but too late to save the model and Ford from huge losses.


Austin Metropolitan

Designed to conquer the US market by combining Nash styling with British small car mechanicals and innovation, the Metropolitan was an abject failure being the worst of both worlds, which ironically made it rare, and therefore very collectible.


Suzuki X90

Suzuki did wonders with the X90 by redesigning the early Vitara to look like a back-scrubbing shower accessory, on the way halving its passenger capacity and turning an excellent new junior 4x4 into a blobby, saleproof nightmare.


Pontiac Aztec

Despite going through several customer design clinics, it was still put into production to great derision and slow sales. It was joked that as it was the first prize for the Survivor reality series, the second prize could really only be two of them.

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