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100 Ugliest Cars Of All Time

By raccars Published

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

US automotive website, Edmunds, has published a list of what it considers to be the 100 ugliest cars of all time and the £3 million Lamborghini Veneno takes the top spot.

The website apparently considers it a blessing that the hugely expensive and distinctive looking supercar will be produced in a very limited number of three units only. The car was launched earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show and, theoretically, could already be termed a commercial success on the basis that all three units planned have already been sold. However, Edmunds has called the Veneno "the worst thing out of Italy since fascism" and the result of "every supercar cliché and every bad idea Lamborghini ever had." The Veneno's design is certainly on the extreme side and might be most kindly termed futuristic, but with a ridiculous 0-60mph time of 2.8 seconds, its new owners probably assume people won't have a chance to get a good look as they whizz past.

Second place on the list went to the utterly American Lincoln Versailles from 1977, with the 2010 Acura ZDX, another peculiarly American vehicle, taking third. Many of the other cars in the top ten will also be pretty unfamiliar to Europeans, but the 2002 generation BMW 7 Series came in at number 10 and the first British car on the list is the 1976 Rolls-Royce Camargue at number 11 – deemed clumsy and ridiculous. The radical styling of the controversially sharp-nosed 1976 Aston Martin Lagonda also took a beating at number 17, dubbed "crude."

There were some surprises on the list too, such as number 16, the 2009 Ferrari California. Edmunds called it "the least Ferrari-like of all Ferraris" but many will struggle to find that much to dislike in the inoffensive car, which has made respectable sales for the Italian company.

Number 26 on the list is likely to provoke some consternation, as the 1948 Citroen 2CV may at first glance be inelegant but does have a huge cult following. However, Edmunds at least seems aware of this, pointing out that "it's ugly in all the best ways possible. And sometimes, ugly is perfect."

While many of the criticisms levelled at the target motors are justified, some are harsh to the point of bitchy and others, as with the 2CV, seem begrudging. There are plenty of characterful cars on the list that aren't to everyone's taste, but which could equally be praised for escaping from the homogeneity afflicting large areas of an auto industry too frightened of economic failures to take risks.

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