Supercar is a phrase that’s thrown around a great deal these days but as we all know not all supercars are created equal and yes, even those companies whose vehicles are usually considered to be the very definition of the word have, at one point in time, created a car that it not so much a supercar but a super crap car.
In compiling this list we did not simply choose the fugliest cars but fugly cars that also had some serious difficulties in the actual engineering department, truly making them duds of the super car world.
1980 Lamborghini Countach
In actual fact back when it hit the showroom in the early days of the Eighties this ‘futuristic’ Lambo was quite a hit; but many only with teenage boys who thought a poster of it looked uber cool next to Farrah Fawcett’s or some similarly busty blonde.
In real life though it was a real clunker. The clutch could only be properly depressed by someone who had recently been in training for the World’s Strongest Man, maneuvering the shifter required a degree in physics and the ride was so rough that the term ‘spine tingling’ can’t be applied but ‘spine crushing’ would be highly appropriate. On the upside though the few remaining examples of the Countach still around today have aged a lot better than many other 80’s pinups..
1980 Ferrari Mondial 8
Another child of the very early 1980s, the Ferrari Mondail 8 was a very half heated attempt on the company’s part to ‘reach out’ to the lower income market they usually never served. So the fact that the engine was 7-year-old 214 HP squib shoved into a badly redesigned 308 body is perhaps no surprise. Weird looking (even for the 80s) and a bad performer the Mondail 8 failed to impress anyone and Ferrari went back to doing what they do best; making cars you won’t be able to afford until you hit the lottery.
1990 Aston Martin Virage
Good old James Bond may love his Astons but we guarantee he’d never been seen dead in this one. A rare misstep on Aston Martin’s part produced a mutated Frankencar that ‘boasted’ Audi headlights and VW Scirocco taillights and an interior filled with parts salvaged from GM, Ford and Jaguar. Even the automatic transmission was from Chrysler and the actual styling was pretty awful by Aston standards to boot. Not even badge prestige could save this one and it (mercifully) died a quick death so that the company could get back to better things.
2006 TVR Sagaris
It’s a real shame that this is how iconic British automaker TVR – famous for cramming huge engines into wild bodies with gleeful abandon but somehow making it all work – had to go out. The Sagaris was not really ugly at all, but its handling was, laughably so. Add to that the fact that the build was truly shoddy and the reliability was zero the last car the company made was, sadly, really not one to remember.
2003 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Technically this should have been a sure fire winner. One of most successful teams in Formula One history in bed with one of the most iconic European automakers, on paper it sounded like the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren would be a supercar fan’s dream come true.
Sadly though it was not to be. The made for the road not the track body was bloated and awkward and the face almost downright ugly. The handling was poor, hampered by the fact that the car weighed a whopping for its class two tons. Constant disagreements between the two teams also resulted in a clumsy, poorly designed interior and overall the potential of such a stellar partnership was just never realized and it’s offspring died a quiet death very quickly.