Top 10 Ugliest Cars From the 1970s (Funny)
Top 10 Ugly Cars of the 70's
As a child of the 70's I've both seen and been in in a fair amount of the abominations below. The 1970s had a whole different style of atrocious automobiles than say the ugly cars of the 80's. Though Wood paneling was not as huge as it would be in the future drab colors, vinyl roofs, teardrop windows and overall boxy builds dominated the auto industry. White walls were not yet a thing of the past, but moving in that direction. Luxury items in cars included 8 track cassettes, vinyl coated roofing and maybe if you spent the big bucks automatic windows. It was a time when ashtrays came standard. Simply put a simpler time.
Car Commercials from the 1970s
That being said, the following lens is a collection of what I consider to be the ugliest car designs of the 1970s. I even included commercials for these vehicles from the years they were new. Soak up the 70's nostalgia y'all. It's going to be one ugly ride.
1975 AMC Pacer - Mork's first Car
The 1975 AMC Pacer came out the year I was born. Designed by what looks like residents from Ork this egg shaped vehicle at least looks more aerodynamic than a lot of the cars on this page. It would appear that the designers of the Pacer took some body design cues from an organically farmed squash that was on the south end of a week long rot. This vehicle would fit in perfectly parked next to Fred's Mystery Machine. Shocking you don't see too many of these being restored these days.
1975 AMC Pacer - TV Commercial
1974 Chevrolet Gremlin - Aptly Named
Bugs Bunny battled the Gremlin during World War II. It wasn't until years later that a car of the same name was born. The 1974 Gremlin looks like something you might see cruising the streets in the background of horror movie from the Saturday Shocker. Almost as cartoon-looking as the Pacer above the 1974 Gremlin sports the same uninspired f aux Buck Rogers look as many vehicles from the 70's. The monicre is quite fitting, but you have to wonder how much marketing research went into the naming of the Gremlin. Hey 1970 era Chevy auto designers here's a free tip. Naming your new car after a make believe monster is a horrible way to bring it to market. Need proof? See the Volkswagen Thing towards the bottom of this page.
1974 AMC Gremlin - TV Commercial
1972 Ford Pinto - The Pacer's Doppleganger
I'm starting to see a very eggy pattern here. The Ford Pinto next to it's legendary body design was most famously known for it's rear mounted fuel tank which was known to catch fire in the case of a rear collision. Aside from this horrible safety flaw the Ford Pinto was available in a number of awesome 70's colors drawn from a pallet of condiments this sweet ride was available in such colors as mustard yellow as seen in the pic above, Expired Relish Green, Sunbaked Ketchup and of course Dijon Brown.
1970 Pinto Commercial - Introducing the Pinto
1970 Dodge Dart Swinger - Get Smart Car on a Budget
The Dodge Dart Swinger is what want-to-be gangsters of the 70's would drive on the way to meet that guy about the thing. It's reminiscent of a 70's spy car if Maxwell Smart drove a go cart. Again I'm not sure what aerodynamic advantage lining the outside roof of a vehicle with vinyl has, but those designers were onto something. Why waste your time working on a more fuel efficient engine or a way to just plain make the car run better when there's a dangerously un-upholstered roof to deal with. But what do I know? This year Dodge decided to resurrect the Dart sans the vinyl lined top.
1970 Dodge Swinger - TV Commercial
Reach for the sky. Keep reaching. I'm stuck in the back seat.
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1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass - The Car that just screams Meh
Looking at this car just makes me feel depressed. I'd like to pinpoint just when people stopped using colors like candy apple red or jet blue and segwayed into what I can only describe as a horrible fall color pallet if the creator was drunk. Just when did the auto industry decide that we as a culture wanted to drive more burnt umber, brown and moss colored vehicles. I digress this car has it all. Boxy design, 2 toned brown and cream color patter (notice more vinyl roofing) and gas guzzle-ability. I'd continue, but I feel like I need to go shotgun some Prozac.
Olds Cutlass Supreme - TV Commercial from 1978
1978 Chyrsler Cordoba - If Ricardo MontalbÃ¡n Endorses it, It Must Be Good. NO
Only a spokesperson like Ricardo MontalbÃ¡n could deliver a sales pitch like this. It's his delivery. His silky smooth Latin accent could sell a pomegranate pop sickle to a woman wearing white gloves. It makes me wonder if he ever tooled around Fantasy Island in this gaudy mass of steel. The combination of his swarthy Latin charm, his overall demeanor and his pint size counterpart HervÃ© Villechaize are something no woman could resist. Oh wait I was supposed to be writing about the Chrysler Cordoba. Eh it kind of speaks for itself.
1975 Chrysler Cordoba - TV Commercial
This was what luxury was considered in 1975.
1977 Chevrolet El Camino - Super Sh**ty 1977 Chevrolet El Camino
Never before had the use-ablity of a pick up truck been combined with a sedan to create the super roomy bed with an extremely small drivers area. It was an idea who's time came and went. You don't see cars like this now a days because we grew some brains people. Who exactly was this car designed for? The 70's go go contractor with parallel parking issues or a mother of unruly children that quite literally took the back seat. The SS should stand for super sh**ty and show preface the fine El Camino name. Nuff said.
Chevy El Camino 1977 TV commercial
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1971 Volkswagen Thing - It's a Turd, It's Quite Plain, Oh It's a Thing
I'm not sure if this vehicle is ugly or just really ugly. The aptly named Thing had the ca-shay and stay-ability of the Pet Rock. Aside from the over all look of the vehicle it was known to be very reliable, comfortable and rugged. This is an example of Volkswagen seeing what affect ugly design had on 70's culture. I found nothing bbut high praise from Thing owners, but it is ugly as sin and has a place here on this lens.
Vintage Cheez-It's Commercial - Featuring the VW Thing
1976 Chevrolet Chevette - The Possible Genesis of 80's Wood Paneled Vehicles
It seemed like every other person on the road in the late 70's and early 80's drove a Chevette. I think they were trying to get some momentum from the Corvette's good name. Site unseen it does sound like a sister vehicle to the muscle car. This car screams, "you could bother but why?" Again what can I say about this vehicle that it isn't already saying about itself. It's fairly boxy, it came in a variety of horrible colors from the same fall pallet I described above, it was fairly unreliable and it was prone to rusting. Yep a real package.
1976 Chevrolet Chevette - TV Commercial
1977 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Coupe - The Car That Says I'm Old. Now where are my keys?
This vehicle looks like it was created for crotchety old men and possibly was. Like so many other cars of it's kind from the 70's the geniuses at Oldsmobile decided to line the roof with vinyl. OK WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? Did the vinyl industry have some sort of in with the auto manufacturers of the 70s? I digress the 1977 Oldsmobile Regency is a good example of 70's ingenuity and design that will leave you saying, "What a huge waste of Steel". In fact that's one thing the 77 Regency has going for it; it's actually made out of metal.
1977 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Coupe - TV Commercial
Local Chicago-land television commercial for the 1977 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Coupe.
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Which Car from the 70's is the Ugliest - What's your pick?
These are arguably the ugliest cars from the 1970s. Which one do you think is the ugliest? Am I way off base? Do you have a car that should be on this list? Comments are open. Let me know what you think.
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Which 70's vehicle is the ugliest?
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Which car is uglier? The Gremlin or the Chevette?
The Gremlin is WAAAY uglier!
Kids Should Defend Themselves Against the 70's - Speaking as a Child of the 70's
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