10 Worst Cars of the 20th Century


DeLorean DMC-12

The DeLorean DMC-12 (Creative Commons/Flickr/erjkprunczyk)
The DeLorean DMC-12 (Creative Commons/Flickr/erjkprunczyk)

The DeLorean DMC-12 was created by John Z. DeLorean -- he was the automotive genius behind the Pontiac GTO, so he had some serious street cred. Then he went rogue and created the sports car (humbly named after himself) which was manufactured in Northern Ireland, during one of its less stable periods, by workers who were never trained to build cars. The DMC-12's powered gullwing doors were, at best, leaky and, at worst, trapped the driver inside when the electrical system failed. Adding legal injury to this automotive insult, John DeLorean was finally brought down in a money laundering sting that involved that most 80s of clich├ęs, cocaine.

Of course, the DMC-12 had a resurrection in 1985, after its early death in 1983, when it became a time machine in "Back to the Future." The nerds were all like, "What an awesome car, dude!" And then those nerds grew up and bought them for almost the original price, or maybe a little less, 25 years later and were like, "Oh."