Ugly Car Guide

  • 1927 Datsun Pickup Truck from Craigslist

    If you're into tough little trucks with incongruously fancy touches, flick your browser over to Craiglist, to this restoration of a 1972 Datsun pickup. It's a project done by Atlanta's Heritage Motorsports, which says its mission "is to save as many classic cars and bikes as possible." Admirable enough, right? So's the truck underneath the flat-black paint, red wheels and plaid upholstery. We like the faded logo on its doors, but there's something about the interior by Dorothy Gale and the red wheels that reminds us of a certain convertible we spied in San Francisco--and that's why this one...

  • 1945 Volkswagen Studebaker Wiesel
    Ugly Car Guide: 1945 VW Studebaker Wiesel

    "We call it the tank," the ad proclaims, and if ever there was an ugly relic that best summed up the military-industrial history of two countries, it's this one. According to the sellers out of Littlerock, California, this here's a 1945 Studebaker Wiesel. As far as we can tell, it's a Robot...

  • 1981 Toyota Celica Sunchaser from Craigslist
    Ugly Car Guide: Toyota Celica Sunchaser

    We know it's officially convertible season and all, but while the tagline for this particularly rank Toyota Celica says "Sunchaser," we suggest you run away instead, quickly, in the opposite direction. The Sunchaser was an aftermarket conversion of the second-generation Celica--carved out of the...

  • Craigslist 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible Donk
    Ugly Car Guide: Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Donk

    It's a little early in the week to be cruising Craigslist for your next illicit car fling--or is it? We won't judge, but we will go bro-to-bro to steer you clear of this 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible, donked out for the player with $20,000 in cash. Here's how homebrewed cars go wrong...

  • Citroen CX25
    Ugly Car Guide: Citroen CX25

    Every so often, we bring you the Ugly Car Guide--the spotters' Bible to the stuff that'll make you heave in a parking lot even if you haven't been up 'till 3 a.m. dualing Jaegerbombs and butterscotch-pudding shots. This week, Ugly Car Guide comes to you from the Green Mountain State of Vermont...

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