Not every car that is designed, manufactured and marketed to the public is a winner. In fact, automotive companies are as likely to roll a dud off the assembly line as a success. Whether it is an ugly design, poor engineering or a plain old lemon that turns off consumers, the history of the automobile is littered with some real stinkers over the years. Many of them now infamous and forever burned in the collective memories of the public. Here are 25 of the worst cars ever manufactured and purchased by people.
25. Bricklin SV1
The Bricklin SV1 car, which debuted in 1975, is a like a bad DeLorean DMC-12 but without a cool movie like Back to the Future to redeem its reputation. Designed as a “car of the future” by smooth-talking businessman Malcolm Bricklin, the SV1s most distinguishing feature was its 100-pound gullwing doors similar to those featured on the DeLorean. Billed at auto shows as “a safer car of the future,” the acronym SV1 actually stands for “Safety Vehicle 1.” However safety doesn’t seem to mesh with this vehicle’s body, which was made entirely out of plastic – the same type of plastic found in Playschool furniture situated in Kindergarten classes everywhere. Other safety features included compressible bumpers and the removal of both a lighter and ashtrays from the car’s interior. Unfortunately this car, plastic and all, proved to be extremely heavy and the weight limited the V8 engine’s performance. In the end, fewer than 3,000 Bricklin SV1s were made, and today the car remains a curiosity among some automotive collectors.