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Top 10 Ugliest Cars From the 1980s (Funny)

Updated on March 12, 2013

Top 10 Ugly Cars of the 80's

As an 80's survivor I feel it's my civic duty to the children of the world to raise awareness of the ugliness that was the 1980s. More to the point to I would like to highlight and bring to the surface what used to be considered fashionable and practical modes of transportation.

If you don't know your history you are doomed to repeat it and I refuse to drive a teal ford escort...again..

If this lens makes you laugh or feel at least nostalgic for a time before the internet please feel free to give it a like or submit it to your favorite social networks. If you like this lens feel free to check out my lens on The Ugliest Cars of the 1970s .

1985 Chevrolet Cavalier - Ugly Car #1

The first car I ever bought was a 1985 Chevy cavalier. It cost me $500 dollars and I bought it from nuns. We called it the, "Nun Runner".

Well I got just what I paid for. This car was constantly breaking down on me. My high school Auto Shop teacher was thrilled. While everyone else was changing anti freeze I was replacing front axles, radiators and CV joints. I was his favorite student.

And one time a couple of friends of mine left a rotting whopper in the back seat of my disabled vehicle while it was sitting securely on a lift inside the school. I don't miss this car. Mine was blue, but almost as rusty. I guess one reason there were so many brown Chevy cars in the 80's is because it was less obvious when they inevitably rusted out.

1983 AMC Eagle 4X4 Station Wagon - Ugly Car #2

Oh so many things wrong with this picture. While the idea of having a four wheel drive station wagon entices my reckless side one has to wonder about the practicality of this vehicle.

And now a word on wood paneling. It doesn't look good in your home and it has absolutely no place on the outside of your car. Who was the first manufacturer to do this? Who said, "Boy we sure have a great product here. You know what would make it even better? Wood paneling. We'll appeal to all the high falootin lumberjacks moguls."

However, it was good cop camouflage. I never once got pulled over while driving my wood paneled Chrysler Grand Caravan when I was in college.

1985 Chrysler Lebaron - Ugly Car #3

Behold the boxy mediocrity of the 1985 Chrysler Lebaron. Once again showcasing the wood paneled craze of the 80's. This car was built in a time before wind tunnels. Convertible models came with a flimsy cloth/ vinyl hybrid material on the roof. That's right you heard me a cloth roof. I'm no car designer, but common sense dictates that a flimsy cloth roof should not be your first choice for something that's going on the exterior of a car.

My best friend in high school that had one of these Chrysler cars. The roof was full of tiny holes near all the windows. Eventually the heat in the car went out shortly after we left for a 3 1/2 hour trip to Kalamazoo in a snowstorm. We stopped about every 20 minutes to warm up. I think we rolled into K-zoo around 3am.

Are we in agreement that this is one uggggly ride?

1981 Mercury Cougar - Ugly Car #4

I don't know if this car is incredibly ugly or just agonizingly plain. It's a little of both I suppose. When taking in the curves and grace that is the 1981 Mercury Cougar experience you have to wonder what the inspiration was for the designers of this majestic vehicle. My guess is Rockford Files, Sanka and endless cartons of Kools.

I can't say for a fact that this is a smoking vehicle, but I think these came standard with plaid bean bag ashtrays. I just know there's on inside this car that's overflowing with butts.

1982 Chevette - Ugly Car #5

The 1981 Chevette is a car that screams why bother. These vehicles were wildly popular in the 80's. It seemed like every other car on the road was one of these little boxy rust buckets.

I used to get driven to Catechism with a friend who's Dad would pick us up in a rusted out Chevette. The driver's side seat belt had long since been ripped out of the car and was replaced with a short belt fashioned out of nylon rope. Cutting edge 80's car safety technology.

We used to peel the floor mats back and drop junk through the hole in the floor that had rusted out in the back seat. I still see these relics of the Regan era every great once an a while.

1980 Chevrolet Citation - Ugly Car #6

Ironically named the Citation this vehicle doesn't look like it could even reach a top speed fast enough to actually get a citation. Reminiscent of a giant blue snail this uninspired hunk of metal should earn you a citation for driving it in public.

Just looking at this car gives me a headache. Oh and look...this one has a flat tire?

1980 Aston Martin Lagonda - Ugly Car #7

The 1980 Aston Martin Lagonda is proof that even fine automobile manufacturers can also make some flaming turds. Normally Aston Martin is on top of their game when it comes to luxury vehicles, but they really dropped the ball with this stepped on this offering. It looks like someone was trying to smash this car at a junk yard and pulled it out of the steely claws of the car compactor in time to leave it smooshed and distorted.

1987 Dodge Charger - Ugly Car #8

This Dodge Car the 1987 Dodge Charger is trying hard to beat the 83 Mustang below in an ugly car contest and it's giving it a run for the money. I'm not really sure what the designers in the 80's were thinking when it came to car colors. The best I can figure is that they were all shipped in from an eastern block country or were color blind.

1983 Ford Mustang - Ugly Car #9

1983 Ford Mustang
1983 Ford Mustang

I know let's take the Classic car the Ford Mustang and make it look as much like an escort as possible. And how about we paint it 2 separate shades of brown. Nothing says fast like burnt umber.

The 1983 Ford Muscort is a fine example of a classic Ford vehicle that was abused by a Tab fueled, Thompson Twin listening, Rubicks cube solving uninspired society that gave us leg warmers and Paula Abdul.

1981 Yugo - Ugly Car #10

The crap de resistance. What can I say about this car that it isn't already screaming itself? It's small, boxy and ugly but cheap. Hence the appeal for this pillbox of a car.

It reminds me of the sassy new Mexican import that's made out of clay. The first car to break the $179 barrier. The Adobe the car made out ofclay.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens and very ugly cars. Love how the Citation has a flat tire

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I know that cracked me up to.

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      Driven-By-Cars 5 years ago

      So your 1985 Cavalier really did run on the power of prayer!

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      @Driven-By-Cars: Well a lot of hard work and elbow grease. I didn't think I would get taken by a by a bunch of nuns. God saw them. They'll get what's coming to them.

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      waxtrax 5 years ago

      HA! What a great lens...I have another topic for you - Horribly designed cars, and it can start with this:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliant_Robin

      And for a great laugh, check Jeremy Clarkson showing just how horrible of a design this vehicle was:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQh56geU0X8

      Enjoy!

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      @waxtrax: That video is fantastic. If you're a fan of Top Gear or not you will find this video funny. Cracked me up.

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      Have to agree...Those were some ugly cars. Most of them weren't a surprise but surely the Mustang could have done better. Talk about your disappointment.

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      Yeah not to pretty cars, but I don't have one so I would not mind owning one less ugly car.

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by wolvyz and kitty222. I had a friend in high school that had one of those Muscorts from the 80's. That thing was hideous. Again I don't know what Ford was thinking with that model.

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for a ll the likes everyone. Tell a friend. Tell ten!! :)

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      PhotoFriend 5 years ago

      Beauty is most definitely in the eye of the beholder!

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      miauw99 5 years ago

      I never know this before, great lens btw

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      WordChipper 5 years ago

      You missed the Ford Pinto and the AMC Gremlin!!

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      @WordChipper: Those 2 cars are both from the 70's. Be on the lookout for my next ugly car lens Ugly Cars of the 70's for those gems. They didn't get left out. The Gremlin was the car that actually sparked the idea for the Ugly Car lenses.

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      shreeve21 5 years ago

      ha! i love this lens.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      When will the 2013 Barbie Jeep Wrangler be available :) ha...ha...ha!

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      Loved the barbie jeep video..

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      WerewolfCustoms1 4 years ago

      Um, I'm a bit too young to remember the 80s, but I kinda like the old boxy design of the cars :D I kinda feel nostalgic... (don't know why, really - maybe because I watched 80s movies as a kid) :D

      Oh, I can't figure out how they managed to destroy classic icons like Mustang and Charger like that in the 80s...

      Great lens!

      P.S.

      I actually owned a Yugo for a short time. I planned to race it in a YugoCup - cheap beginners cup. I had change my plans when I took the carpeting out of the car. There was nothing under it :D

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      What on earth did those nuns do to that car!

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      LizRobertson 4 years ago

      Hilarious well written romp through the 80's auto scrap yard. Thanks! Made my evening!

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      Lol, it's amazing what the "gas shortage" and increased gas prices did to the way cars looked. The down-sized Mustang, Cougar, and Charger are proof that ways we come up with to save money are sometimes downright ugly. The 1980s new models created as an "economy" line of cars (the Chevette) were not any prettier. These were just products of that era of saving fuel. Enjoyed the lens. Angel Blessed.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @DLeighAlexander: Yeah they're a lot more rounded and more slippery looking than their 80's counterparts. Thanks for blessing my humble little lens. :)

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @LynetteBell: One thing they didn't do to it was perform an exorcism. By the time I'd bought the car it could have used some laying of hands by a member of the cloth. It may not have been haunted, but it sure did feel hexed.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Love your list.

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very fun lens! I lived during that time but my first car was a 1965 Fastback Mustang....have always loved the classics even in the 1980s! Oh I wish I still had that car today :(

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Definitely some ugly ones here - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Nimblepins 4 years ago

      A fun lens. I remember these cars and totally agree with their appearance here!

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @Nimblepins: Thanks for the kudos Byroni.

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      piedromolinero 4 years ago

      Those are definitely ugly cars. I like your comments on them!

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      It wasn't a very good decade for cars....that's for sure.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @pawpaw911: Not particularly. As these were my formative years I feel a sense of nostalgia looking at them, but I don't miss them.

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      psiloveyou1 4 years ago

      This lens really made me laugh! I wish I had pics of my old cars and my friend's old cars that we rode to school in! Fun lens....sending and Angel Blessing your way :)

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @psiloveyou1: Thanks so much. I'm sure I have a pic of the Nun Runner somewhere. I'll have to see if I can find it for this post.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Haha this was really funny!

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: Thank you very much. Please tell a friend.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @curtmaxwall: Ha hah. Not as much as he liked making it. Well he really didn't.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @shreeve21: Thank you, thank you sir. I have a couple more in this same vein when time permits.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @Heidi Vincent: We still have it. All serious inquiries will be considered. Shall we start a bid? :)

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Oh! you picked them right. I couldn't decide on the ugliest one but got a laugh out of some of them. Where was taste in the 80's. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      This lens sure did make me laugh.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks so much. Your patronage is appreciated.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Loved remembering the 1980s cars in your lens. My first car was a Volkswagen Beetle in the early 1960s, standard shift.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: I always wanted a bug when I was in high school.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @momsfunny: Glad you liked it. Tell everyone you know.

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      AnObeseMan 4 years ago

      The 70's and 80's were definitely not a good time for nice looking cars. Even the 90's weren't so great.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @AnObeseMan: Every generation has it's automotive abominations. What was up with the Pontiac Aztek?

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thanks so much. Added you to my SquidAngel module. I appreciate it. Feel free to nominate this for LOTD.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks it was fun to make. I have a couple more ugly car lenses chambered to go up when time allows. Glad you liked it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh, this is too funny... A 1985 Chevrolet Cavalier was my first car! My dad got it for free actually, he was originally going to trade a guy for one of those really big satellite TV dishes, but the guy gave my dad the car, then never came back to get the dish.

      I got the car in 1997 maybe, and it looked EXACTLY like your picture, the color, the rust, and all.

      Surprisingly it was a great car other than the looks (lol) of course. It did need a new muffler, everyone could hear me driving to school each day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh yeah, I forgot, my Cavalier was named the Cavi-Bomber!

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ha then you feel my pain. The Nun Runner ran like a car that I spent $550 on so I don't share your driving track record.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh and thanks for the Squid love. Tell a friend.

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      lensesbyjames 4 years ago

      Funny. Great lens.

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      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      Eeew some of those are really ugly cars :)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I must be really sad - I LIKE wood panelled station wagons :P

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @LisaMarieGabriel: Nooooooooooooooooooo

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I really had fun looking through your lens! I agree with all of your ugly vehicle choices! I would add a Honda CRV.

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      You're right, this is a funny lens! Thanks for that! :)

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      This was very funny, and a really clever idea. Blessed.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @RhondaAlbom: Thanks I'm so glad you liked it. Thanks for the Blessing and like. Tell a friend.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @halloweenprops: Good for a cheap laugh huh. Thanks for stopping by.

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @kristalulabelle: I may have to make another lens. I've gotten a lot of feedback about cars that should be here. Thanks for stopping by.

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      Great lens.And there are some really ugly cars. We had yugo :D

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @pumpum: We had the Chevette. Thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great photos of some truly ugly cars. I drove a Ford Pinto in the early eighties. It was not exactly a chick magnet, know what I mean? And while it was not quite as ugly as the ones you have in your list, it would have definitely earned a spot in the next ten. Enjoyed your lens.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      GoAceNate LM 4 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thanks so much for blessing my lens. Cheers

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 3 years ago

      hehehehe wood paneling. Good lens

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      poop 13 months ago

      Aston, eagle, and charger shouldn't be on the list. Love those cars!

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