Even though there’s a pretty wide spectrum in terms of performance, the majority of modern cars are still pretty hard to sneeze at.
The current car industry’s standards in safety, performance and fuel economy are better than they’ve ever been. Although modern cars are pretty great, it’s been a long journey to get here.
In this post, we’ll look back at some of the worst cars in history…
When you think about the worst car you ever owned, I’m sure it has something to do with the general performance, massive running costs, or how often you discovered some random malfunction and had to take it in for some extensive auto repair.
However, I bet it never burst into flame after a gentle rear-end collision! This is the major malfunction which has earned the Ford Pinto the top spot on our list of history’s worst cars.
To make matters worse, Ford reacted to the issue with an infamous cost-benefit analysis, concluding that paying the $50million settlement for victims was more cost-effective than reinforcing the car’s rear sections.
Considering this car infamously only had three wheels, I knew I simply had to include it in the list. Reliant Robins are total automotive monstrosities, and due to how universally loathed they were, they’ve become so rare they’re something of an urban legend.
If you’re reading from the UK, you may have seen one or two of these rare beasts spluttering over the roads in the past year, but they’re certainly a dying breed.
Aside from how ugly these cars were, the positioning of the wheels (one up front, two at the back) made the car ridiculously unstable.
If you were turning at 25 miles per hour or more, tackling an angle of about 45 degrees, then there would be a very, very high chance of the whole thing tipping onto its side! Clarkson style.
Believe it or not, this terrible design did do something for the Reliant company. In spite of how ridiculously comical it looks, and the whole question of balance, Robins have gained something of a cult following over the years.
The first thing that really brings this car down is its rounded, bubble-like shape. I’m guessing that this design was meant to be cute and appealing in the drawing room.
Despite the designers’ best efforts, this car came out looking utterly repugnant! Aside from this glaring flaw, the Pluriel is extremely impractical, as any unlucky owner will know first-hand.
Another big Achilles in this auto is the fact that you have to manually disassemble the roof, which can be extremely time-consuming when you’re not that familiar with the vehicle’s anatomy.
Furthermore, it also takes a Lego-esque instruction booklet to put it back together! The icing on the cake, so to speak, is the fact that once all those pieces are disassembled, they won’t fit into the car’s tiny interior. This makes the whole feature feel like some kind of sick joke!
The next time you feel like complaining about your car, just be grateful you’re not driving one of these!