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kilchsgray 12-08-2002 06:57 AM

Anti-Hot Rods
 
OK, we've had fun with the best muscle car, let's turn it on its head and list the frumpiest, least-hip, slowest, ugliest rides we know.

Here's my candidate:

1961 Rambler American 4-door
170 c.i. six (last flathead made)
13" steelies w/ blackwalls and tiny hubcaps
vacuum windshield wipers that stop when you step on the gas, great for entering freeways in a downpour
chic twotone Crest toothpaste green-on-creme paint, rust optional
driven by an elderly man who looks like he belongs in an ad for laxatives, with a fedora hat centered exactly on his head, exactly 18mph (23 mph on freeways)

slomotion 12-08-2002 07:07 AM

Today's Pontiac Aztec! Who let that dog out?

DoubleVision 12-08-2002 07:16 AM

lets see. Ford Pinto, Chevy Chevette, Ford Mustang II, AMC Pacer, AMC Gremlin, Dodge Omni, several more I can`t recall,, and almost any new vehicle that looks like it`s a space ship instead of a car, which narrows it down to almost all of them. But honestly, I`d like to have a Gremlin, they were Ugly, but gotta love how they act when you stuff a 400 small block Chevy under the hood.

pontiac man 12-08-2002 07:18 AM

My vote would have to be a Hyundai Excel. A friend of mine gave me one about a year ago, 2 door hatchback. It had whopping 83 cubic inch engine with around 50 H.P. Top speed of around 40 mph on a good day. I kept it about 2 weeks and drove it to a wrecking yard and sold it to the owner for $20.

455poncho 12-08-2002 07:36 AM

My vote, my best friend had a VW Bus in high school. It was booger green with flower curtains. Once we tried to get a 0-60 time, let's put it this way - after 9 minutes we gave up at 52 mph.

4 Jaw Chuck 12-08-2002 12:52 PM

AMC Pacer wagon with the rare fake "woody" option. Nothing like fake vinyl wood siding on a car. Seen one once that had a set of Keystone mags and some N50's out back, can't for the life of me figure out how he intended to spin the tires?

Kevin45 12-08-2002 03:25 PM

1961 Plymouth Valiant. Neighbor had one when I was growing up. Definately not a Cool car. http://autohobbypage.com/show/00/mpr/mpr278.jpg

Kevin

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78 monte 12-08-2002 09:13 PM

I think that new chevy truck thing is the ugliest.You know the one were they convert from a truck to an SUV.Actually any of these new SUVs are ugly.And they get worse with every one that comes out.

willys36@aol.com 12-09-2002 05:49 AM

4Jaw. I have had both a VW bus (5 blown engines in two years) and an AMC Pacer (3-cord tree branch fell on it in addition to the silver vinyl top turning chocolate brown, the exhaust maniflod cracking, etc., etc.). Other dogs I have owned include K-car wagon, Volare wagon, need I go on?

65galaxie500 12-09-2002 09:06 AM

yugo

4 Jaw Chuck 12-09-2002 09:50 AM

Hey Willy, did you have your name written in those sticky back slanted gold house letters stuck to the dash? The Pacer I mentioned above had just that. He was a true hotrodder...

Too funny. :D

Floor mats with "Golden red dreamer angel baby" embroidered on would have been a nice addition to that car. :p

The ugliest car I ever owned was a 4dr 77 Chevette, second would be my Jetta! ;)

engineczar 12-09-2002 10:24 AM

I once had a yellow AMC Gremlin wagon with wood grain siding and optional rotted out tailgate.

The bonus was the "Thank you for not laughing at my car" bumper sticker.

Ahh the good ole' days.

Narcoleptic 12-09-2002 11:19 AM

[quote]Originally posted by 4 Jaw Chuck:
<strong>AMC Pacer wagon with the rare fake "woody" option. Nothing like fake vinyl wood siding on a car. Seen one once that had a set of Keystone mags and some N50's out back, can't for the life of me figure out how he intended to spin the tires?</strong><hr></blockquote>

They were available with a 304 V-8 in 1978. And there have been other V-8 swaps.

willys36@aol.com 12-09-2002 11:38 AM

[quote]Originally posted by 4 Jaw Chuck:
<strong>Hey Willy, did you have your name written in those sticky back slanted gold house letters stuck to the dash? </strong><hr></blockquote>

No but this Pacer was a special limited edition. Actually, it was a very nice looking car, silver paint, custom tapestry upholstry, custom trim package, custom aluminum wheels I have never seen B4 or since. Only problem with the car is that it was made by AMC!

[ December 09, 2002: Message edited by: willys36@aol.com ]</p>

Biggarmike 12-09-2002 01:34 PM

kilchsgray should be shot! The Rambler American was a wonderful car. The old 6 banger was 195.6 in. It was reliable and economical. (Available until 65) IMHO, the Packards built after the Studebaker merger were ugly as can be, and pretty much anything designed using a computer is lame. Designs worked out in clay had character.

[ December 09, 2002: Message edited by: Biggarmike ]</p>


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