Have you ever stumbled across one of those obscure cars and had no choice but to scratch your head and say “holy cow is that thing ugly?” Well, with the number of different models produced over more than 200 years (if you count the steam-powered car built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in 1769 or the first hydrogen-powered vehicle designed by Francois Isaac de Rivaz back in 1808) there is a wild number of downright ugly cars that don’t belong on this world or any other world, for that matter. And, for what it’s worth, we’re not just talking about weird Russian and Chinese cars either. There are even some pretty ugly Chevy concepts that, not so surprisingly, never made it into production.
These are the cars we’re here to discuss today. We were sitting around the Hotcars round table and started discussing the ugliest cars we had ever seen. Next thing you know, we started searching and scouring the internet. Long story short, we couldn’t help but share all of the craziest that we found with all of you. All in all, we’ve compiled 20 different vehicles onto this list, including a disproportionate bus, a bloated plane, and even a scooter, among others. These aren’t vehicles that you see every day, though, so there’s certainly fresh material for you to see here. It might be best to go grab a fresh beverage before you dive into some of the world’s ugliest cars – you might be here for a while in either shock, amazement, or a little of both.
20 Three Wheels Electric Bills
Tesla might be credited with building the worlds first mass-produced, marketable EV (If you don’t count the GM EV1 or the Ford Electric Ranger, of course) but electric cars have actually been around for quite some time. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that this baby never went mass-market, just based on its looks alone.
If you look close enough, you’ll see that this thing is a 1978 Electra King.
According to Jalopnik, this model was produced from 1963 – 1980. The exterior is nothing but box while the interior is downright spartan in terms of amenities. Seriously, it’s lucky to have a steering wheel. This ugly little beast ran on a 36-volt motor that was good for 1 horsepower. So, it was essentially an enclosed golf cart. Either way, it’s ugly enough to land the first spot on this list.
19 Modified Hell
This is the only “modified” vehicle on this list, and we didn’t plan to include any such vehicles on this list, but then we came across this one. We’re pretty sure that this thing is based on a C3 Corvette. According to Corvsport.com the C3 was produced from 1968 to 1982, and while it changed a bit over the years, it always had flip up headlights. That’s a testament to just how strange and extensively modified this ugly Corvette really is.
That may not even be the stock front clip, but if it is, someone did some serious fiberglass work to undo the sleek nature of the donor car.
The ridiculously pointed nose and the massive protrusion on the hood make matters even worse. At least someone was smart enough to put true dual exhaust on it, but the sideways and enlarged Pontiac emblem goes to show it wasn’t very thought out to begin with. We don’t know what really happened, but this is one ugly Vette.