10 Cars That Should Never Have Been Built

From as far back as the Model T Ford, the automobile industry has had its share of “lemons.” Those cars that should never have left the drawing board, let alone the production line. What is really amazing, is that the vast majority of these cars came from automakers who otherwise have enjoyed a stellar reputation. In no particular order, here are 10 cars that no matter how you look at it, should never have been built.

#3 The Chevrolet Chevette

Oddly enough, the Chevette was a big seller for Chevrolet in the mid-seventies. It was the third attempt by Chevrolet to create a small car designed to meet the demand for better fuel efficiency. By the time Chevy debuted this car, it was already out of date from a mechanical point of view, and from a driver's point of view, painfully slow. Read more about the Chevrolet Chevette here.

#6 The Pontiac Aztec

More than just another ugly car, the Pontiac Aztec has been blamed for the final downfall of the Pontiac brand. It came with a tailgate tent and an inflatable air mattress, so if you broke down (a frequent problem), you had somewhere to sleep waiting for the tow truck. The Aztec even had a removable cooler to keep your drinks cold while you walked home after being stranded on the side of the highway. Read more about the Pontiac Aztec here.

#7 The Ford/Edsel

Ford spent over $250 million in research and development before the Edsel hit the showrooms. Unfortunately, cars with huge fins and room for several people inside were already on the way out by 1958 as consumers were becoming interested in smaller cars that got better gas mileage. The Edsel was plagued with a wide range of mechanical and electrical problems that when combined with terrible fuel economy, signed the brand's death warrant. Read more about the Edsel here.

#9 The BMW Isetta

According to historical records, there has never been another car that could cut your legs completely from your body than the BMW Isetta. Undoubtedly one of the weirdest looking economy cars to ever come from an automaker. This "Bubble" car had seating for two, a door that doubled for the front of the car and started out as a three-wheeler. Read more about this strange little car from BMW here.

#10 The Pontiac Fiero

What started out as a two-seater sporty commuter car was supposed to offer "Corvette-like" performance at an "everyman" price. Given a European sports car look, and a rear-mounted engine produce a stylish car that quickly gained popularity. But after a number of fires, (at least 135 known to have been reported to the NHTSA), the Fiero couldn't rise from the ashes. Read more about the Fiero here.

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