10 Worst Cars of the 20th Century


Yugo GV

The Yugo GV (Creative Commons/Flickr/MSVG)
The Yugo GV (Creative Commons/Flickr/MSVG)

It's not easy to decide which of Malcolm Bricklin's automotive visitations was worse: The Bricklin SV1, a Canadian-built gull-winged sports car that routinely trapped its occupants inside, or the Yugo GV. Bricklin didn't invent the Yugo, but in 1985 he did begin importing these super-cheap cars from the Soviet satellite state of Yugoslavia in an apparent attempt to make Americans prefer walking. There wasn't a single part of these little tin-can cars that the American people could actually get behind, from the engine to the electrical system to the build quality -- unless you counted getting behind the entire car in order to push it to the side of the street after it inevitably died.

Author's Note: 10 Worst Cars of the 20th Century

On Wednesdays, there are about a half dozen old guys who get together in my neighborhood to have lunch and talk about cars. And even though I am a young(ish) woman, I get a pass to come to lunch, too. So I asked them, "What's the worst car?" I filled two pages of my notebook with their suggestions, some of which (like the Henry J) ended up on this list. But some of their answers weren't as helpful, even if they were hilarious: "Any Cadillac from 1982 to 2010, especially the one I had." Or, "Ask Paul. He keeps buying them." Or, "Any kit car -- especially Cobras! Make sure you put that in there." They may not be a reliable source, but these guys are a reliable starting point. Far more reliable than the cars on this list -- or any of Paul's cars.

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