If you ever had a car that didn't start when you were in a hurry, then that car is of course your most stupid car!
But this article are about stupid cars in general.
And there have been some truly stupid cars built over the years.
Here are the top 10 most stupid cars ever built.
10. Ford PintoCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katescars/5776791344/
The Ford Pinto was a good idea in theory. Americans wanted an inexpensive car that got good gas mileage. The main problem with this car is that the gas tank could explode if this car was rear ended. Numerous explosions and deaths occurred. The crap really hit the fan when an internal Ford document was found and released to the public that showed Ford decided it would be cheaper to pay lawsuits than it would be to fix the problem. Ford put profits ahead of people’s lives. The Ford Pinto is a stupid car because it can explode so easily.
9. Chevy VegaCredit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:71_Chevrolet_Vega_Hatchback_Coupe.jpg
The Chevy Vegas was the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1971. This was a huge mistake that was made by the Motor Trend Magazine. Before the car was even released to the public it was running into numerous problems. These cars were very prone to rust. If the car didn’t rust apart quickly then it would find numerous other ways to fall apart.
The Chevy Vegas burned a lot of oil. When the car first came out the engine was extremely noisy. Chevy rushed this car to market and it deeply harmed the reputation of the Company. By 1976 most of the major problems with the Chevy Vegas had been fixed; however the branding of this car was forever irreparably damaged by the Chevy Vegas that came before it.
8. Chevy Citation
The Chevy Citation was introduced as Americans were becoming more interested in smaller cars with smaller engines so they could get better fuel economy. The Citation became a joke among automobile connoisseurs. In the last 2 years of production the car was renamed the Citation 2. The Citation 2 was named because Chevy hoped to convince consumers that all of the problems with this little car had been fixed. The Chevy Citation was not very durable and buyers of the car rarely look back on their days of driving a Citation with fond memories. The car was pure junk designed to bilk money from consumers to boost Chevy profits.
7. Mustang 2Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggjerdingen/6292916932/
The Mustang is a super-awesome car; however the Mustang 2 was a stupid car. Ford decided to make a sporty car on a small car platform. Their goal was to get a car that was popular and would get good gas mileage. The Mustang 2 was stupid. At first it was well received by the public, and then the public began driving them and the positive thoughts about this car went away. How dare Ford take a reputable name such as the Mustang and place it on an underpowered car. The Mustang 2 is not a true Mustang and never was.
6. TrabantCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hugo90/3045595006/
Any car that has only 18 horsepower is a stupid car. This car did not even come with basics such as blinkers and brake lights. Hell, you were lucky that you even got tires with this car. As the years wore on the Trabant did get other engines and features; however the original Trabant was a stupid car that was notoriously underpowered. The Trabant did not even have a fuel gauge to tell you how much fuel was left. Today you can buy lawnmowers with 18 horsepower. Imagine taking that 18 horsepower engine of your commercial mower and outing it into a car. Welcome to the Trabant.
5. Chevy ChevetteCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hugo90/5191163078/
The only thing worse than a Chevy Citation was a Chevy Chevette.
4. Overland OctoAutoCredit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1911_Reeves_Octoauto.jpg
Granted the Overland OctoAuto was designed during a period when people were really trying to experiment and make automobiles technologically better. Welding on some extra wheels just makes it a stupid car.
3. Smith FlyerCredit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SmithFlyer.jpg
The Smith Flyer was a car? Well it was advertised as a car. It has 2 seats, 5 tires, and a stupidly small engine. Only 1 of the tires was powered. The 5th wheel was a direct powered wheel that moves the car. The Smith Flyer company was eventually sold to Briggs and Stratton, who smartly used this engine for their future line of lawnmowers.
2. Peel TridentCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seat850/2685403163/
This car is a whopping 6 feet long and a whole 42” wide. Ok, that was sarcasm, but look at the picture and you will begin to understand why this is one of the stupidest cars ever built. I hope you don’t get cut off by a semi truck when you are driving this little car or it would not end well for you and this little car. I actually hope you don’t get cut off by a bicycle or even an obese pedestrian as that would probably total this car also. Sure the Peel Trident is a cute car but it is far from functional as a daily driver.
1. YugoCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/msvg/5596569139/
The stupidest car of all time is definitely the Yugo. Every 40,000 miles you had to replace the timing belt. If you did not replace the timing belt every 40,000 miles then the engine would be useless.
The Yugo sold in the United States had a top speed of 86 miles per hour. In 1990 NATO sanctions were out in place and the Yugo could no longer be exported to foreign markets such as the United States. The company that made the Yugo also made firearms at a separate facility. NATO intended to bomb the firearms facility but instead bombed the Yugo car making facility. It was a good end for one of the stupidest cars ever built.
The Yugo was also greatly affected by wind. If a semi-truck passed you the wind could force you off the road. If the wind was blowing hard it could be hard to keep the Yugo in your driving lane and not veer off the road. If you farted, the Yugo could skyrocket off the edge off the road. Anytime you are driving a car and have to pull over and stop before you can fart means that you have the stupidest car ever made.