The 10 worst (and maybe coolest?) cars revealed

These days when irony is as much a style paradigm as it is a literary device it makes sense that hideous vintage cars are suddenly appreciating in value. Hipsters stock their homes with kitsch and wear neon spandex to parties; why shouldn’t they start collecting ugly vehicles as the next step in reverse snobbery? In response to this new “nerd car” fascination, McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance, recently commissioned a survey about the most poorly designed vehicles ever to hit the open road.What came back was an ultimate top-10 list that included such junkers as the Pinto and the Pacer.

Business Week has published survey excerpts and a full photo gallery of the top 10 to click through, so nostalgists can browse online for their next junkyard rescue. The article is worth a browse for the driver comments (“So much window that even in the winter you could fry eggs inside!”) but really, who knew the Gremlin looked so cool in retrospect?

VIEW Business Week’s ugliest-car list

SEARCH for more on Business Week’s ugliest-car list

This post is from Observer Short List—an email of three favorite things from people you want to know. Sign up to receive OSL here.

The 10 worst (and maybe coolest?) cars revealed