We would not drive these basic automobiles should you paid us

We all love to admire a beautiful, good-natured classic car. However, the driving experience was either a dream or a wish to die. Cars like the Porsche 959, Jaguar E-Type and Mercedes-Benz SL300 Gullwing are not only mesmerizing to look at, but also pure driving pleasure.

Not all classics age as miserably as good wine, some of them were never a joy to drive or look at. Here is a list of classic cars with terrible driving experiences. We would never drive these fossils no matter how hard you tried to bribe us.

Peel the trident

Peel the trident

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This bubble car is the successor to the infamous Peel P50. With a very futuristic design for the 1960s, the Trident was undeniably a quirky three-wheeled vehicle. At 330 lbs, literally less than a sumo wrestler, the mini car was powered by a 49 cc engine. That meant a 0-60 time of … never.

Once the motorcycle engine has reached its top speed, the speedometer will read 28 mph. Overwhelming, dangerous, expensive and only enough seating for 1 and a little bit of adults. We’d skip that.

Ford Pinto

Ford Pinto in orange

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The Ford Pinto is like a proximity mine. Not in the sense that it is similar in shape or color, no. It would explode just as easily. The fuel tank was placed terribly in line with the rear bumper. In the event of an accident – even at slow speed – the Pinto’s fuel tank would burn and burn continuously.

Ford Pinto burns in the middle of the street

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Fortunately, only 27 deaths have ever been identified, but that’s 27 too many. Ford made some sacrifices when developing the Pinto, and that’s why we’re going to stay away from those touch-sensitive bombs.

Related: That’s why the Ford Pinto is so infamous 50 years later

AMC Gremlin

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The Gremlin has many elements that make one ask, “Why did you do this?” For example, use the name of a mythical creature that manipulates and destroys mechanical devices. Even though the styling screams’ 70s, we wonder if there were 2 different design teams for the front and the rear of the car.

1972 AMC Gremlin X, green with black stripe, side, quarter, mecum

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But on top of that, the driving experience was hideous. Handling like a fresh sock on a wooden floor and accelerating like one. The Gremlin looked like a shoe and, disappointingly, drove like that.

The yugo

3/4 front view of a white yugo

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The Yugo retailed for a sticker price of just under $ 4,000, and as they say, “You get what you pay for.” The Yugo was based on a 20 year old Fiat design in the 80s. Before being dubbed “the worst car ever,” the Yugo broke sales records with more than 1,000 cars sold per day.

1985-1992 Yugo GV: Are you going?  No, more like you quit

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Soon the hype died out as people realized just how unsafe, unreliable, slow, and hideous the communist-made car really was. Toyota even started giving customers a free Yugo when they buy a new Toyota … but everyone opposed ownership. They know that a car is bad when nobody wants it for free.

Related: That’s why the Yugo is one of the worst cars ever

Pontiac Aztek

Pontiac Aztek parked outside

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Loathsome, grotesque, and just plain sickening. These are words used to describe the appearance of the Aztecs. Some might say it’s ahead of its time with the SUV’s sloping roofline, but its ugliness is sinister. Wiggles around corners like a rocking chair, weighs as much as a mammoth, and has numerous factory recalls, this is in no way, shape, or shape a good car.

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Despite all of this, it has a hidden talent: camping! Some came from the factory with tents and inflatable mattresses. You could then go into the woods to protect the eyes of others from your hideous Pontiac.

Related: The 10 ugliest Cars to Ever Hit the Streets


Trabant beige

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As the saying goes: reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s a fact that recycling makes Mother Nature overjoyed … but that’s just sheer madness. The Trabant is made from recycled cotton waste called duroplast (the material that some pieces of luggage are made of).

Trabant beige Doug DeMuro

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The communist-built obscenity was equipped with a 2-stroke, 2-cylinder lawnmower engine that developed 26 hp and could not reach 60 mph. From the poor build quality, the bare interior, and the mindless gear stick, we’re struggling to find anything appealing about this death trap.

Ford Mustang II brown

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The Mustang II is the ugly duckling of the Mustang family. Of course, it was born in the harsh ’70s when the U.S. oil crisis hit automakers out of nowhere, but we can’t deny the Mustang II’s disappointment. Even with a V8 engine or an output of more than 100 hp from the start, he was the worst stallion of all time.

Ford Mustang II White

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While the Mustang II shared similar unsightly styling with the explosive Ford Pinto, it still sold surprisingly well. There’s only one reason not to hate the unsportsmanlike sports car – it kept the Mustang name alive when it was sentenced to death.

Reliable Robin

Relint Robin Red

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Do you remember when rear seats never used to have seat belts? The unhappy child sitting in the middle would flutter around like crazy if it turned any corner. If that kid were a car, it would be the Reliant Robin. The Robin is a tiny 3 wheel car that has been in production for more than 30 years.

Relint Robin Yellow

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Due to its amputated front wheel, the Reliant was notorious for one bad design flaw – tipping over. Driven by Mr. Bean’s archenemy, the Reliant Robin is a danger to its surroundings and also to those who are in it.

Related: A detailed look at the dependent Robin and whether it is safe to drive

Maserati Biturbo


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Maserati gained respect among petrolheads for its sultry styling, pulverizing performance and extravagant driving experience. And the biturbo was none of that. They scrapped the usual iconic beauty and the Italian coupe looked like it was designed by a kindergarten kid.

Maserati BiTurbo - Rear Quarter

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The only thing it almost had to offer was the 2.0-liter V6, which however only developed a below-average 200 hp. One Maserati quality it really surpassed was reliability. This meant it exploded, leaked, splattered, cracked, and rusted in every possible way

King dwarf

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The King Midget looks like a homemade car that a dad built in his garage because it essentially was. The Midget was sold as a huge Lego set that you had to assemble yourself. A wooden frame, a one-speed gearbox with no reverse gear and a single seat in the middle of the tub. The most expensive model was under $ 1,000. Inexpensive and expandable, so what’s to hate?

King dwarf

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Not only does it look like a canoe, the 12 hp lawnmower motor also drives like one. Before paying, we recommend that you take a cardboard box and glue it on wheels and build a wooden shopping cart to satisfy your lazy death wish.

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