50+ Worst Cars of All Time
Car lovers may love getting together and getting poetic about the greatest automobiles on the planet—you know, rides like the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder and the 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R—but one could argue that they love discussing something else even more: the worst cars ever made. Yes, there’s something truly special about terrible design and intolerable engineering that just brings out the best in us.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled the most hideous vehicles of all time for you.
1. 1933 Fuller Dymaxion
Designed by R. Buckminster Fuller, the Fuller Dymaxion was initially conceived as a flying machine. The plan was to install jet engines and inflatable wings, so you could drive it like a car and then inflate the wings and fly away when you want a plane.
The wings never became a part of the production model, and without them, the Dymaxion looked like a goofy pill rolling down the road. The Dymaxion was a three-wheel vehicle, with a levered A-arm carrying the rear wheel, which swiveled like the tail of an airplane.
The first model had a terrible wobble from the rear wheel, the next two built were bigger and heavier, while the third model had a stabilizer fin on the roof. A fatal accident involving the Dymaxion ( due to unknown causes) killed the vehicle’s chances of public acceptance.
2. 1899 Horsey Horseless
This bizarre vehicle was intended to soothe the nerves of horses that shared the road with automobiles. From the crackpot mind of inventor Uriah Smith of Battle Creek, Michigan, came a buggy with a wooden horse head attached to the front. Hoping that this would cause the buggy to resemble a horse-drawn carriage.
Smith even recommended that the horse head be hollow and full of fuel because that wouldn’t be dangerous or anything right? “The live horse would be thinking of another horse,” said Smith, ”and before he could discover his error and see that he had been fooled, the strange carriage would be passed.”
History isn’t 100% clear on whether or not the Horsey Horseless was ever built or if it was just a pipe dream from a nut job, either way, it’s a terrible idea.
3. 1911 Overland OctoAuto
Designer Milton Reeves rejected the general consensus that automobiles only needed four wheels, feeling that six or eight wheels were a better idea. Under the auspice that more wheels would equate to a smoother ride, Reeves began modifying a 1910 Overland. Welding in some parts, adding two more axles and four more gun cart-style wheels, Reeves gave birth to the OctoAuto.
He displayed the Frankenstein monster of a car proudly at the Indianapolis 500. The OctoAuto measured over 20ft long. Zero orders for this hideous vehicle were made, but Reeves didn’t let that stop him. The following year he tried again with the Sextauto, which was a six wheel, single axle design. As evidenced by the lack of six wheels on normal cars today, the Sextauto was also a flop.