AMC Gremlin (1970-1978)
|Launched on April Fool's Day in 1970, the Gremlin marked the beginning of the end for American Motors. Although AMC built a number of terrible cars the Gremlin is generally agreed upon as the worst of them all. |
It was a small, rust-prone car that guzzled fuel like a vehicle several times its size. The Gremlin's handling was atrocious, its engine was crippled by emissions control equipment, and the flip-up back window was prone to breaking off in a driver's hands.
AMC Pacer 1975-1981
|The Pacer is an enduring symbol of bad taste. The Pacer featured tall, wraparound windows that gave it the look of a rolling fishbowl. AMC spent millions promoting the car, but it was a sales flop. |
Although it was a gas guzzler and a rust bucket, the Pacer's hideous looks were its main calling card.
Bond Bug Three-Wheeler (1970-1974)
|The Bond Bug was created in an era when designers were entranced with fiberglass. Freed from the costly process required to bend sheet metal, they went wild with the new composite material. The result - a vehicle that looked like an upside down hot tub with windows.|
The Bug was a sales disaster with just 2000 sold and drove its manufacturer into bankruptcy.
Bricklin SV1 ( 1974-1976)
|New Brunswick premier Richard Hatfield should have passed on Malcolm Bricklin's SV1 project. Hatfield funded the project anyway. Only a handful of the fiberglass-bodied SV1's were ever built, and the project was plagued with problems that ranged from inadequate brakes to a leaking rear hatch. |
The SV1 suffered from crippling design flaws and construction quality that resembled a Soviet-era Lada.
Chevrolet Chevette 1975-1987
|Rushed into production as a slap-dash response to an OPEC oil embargo that created a market for small cars, the sub-compact Chevette earned a reputation as a car that drove even worse than it looked. |
The engine was rough, the suspension was crude, and the interior was lined with shiny plastic. Construction quality of the early Chevettes epitomized mid-1970's Detroit for shoddy workmanship.