Who You Calling Ugly?
Auto writers duke it out over less-than-pretty rides
According to Business Week, all rank as some of the ugliest cars from around the globe released in the last 50 years.
The writers over at Jalopnik, however, found fault with (at least) 10 examples and created their own list -- a funny mix of dead-serious car love and tongue-in-cheek writing -- pointing out where the BW writers got it wrong. In particular, they defended the aforementioned Enzo, the DeLorean DMC 12, the Chevy El Camino and the Aston Martin Lagonda.
Personally, I was also glad to see they came to the defense of the Volvo 240 (No. 13 on the list); I grew up being hauled, along with siblings and friends, to soccer and basketball practices in a navy 240 station wagon with tan leather interior (I grew up in Massachusetts and am convinced that this vehicle is probably the most New England car ever built) and I was viscerally affected -- seriously -- when I saw that on the list. As the Jalopnik writers put it:
"Don't you go messing with the 240, BusinessWeek. You have no idea the depths of Volvo love out there, especially by the boxy-but-trusty 240. We dare you, dare you to find a more dedicated owner base. Fine, it's a bit boring, but so is the Camry and that's not on the list. We actually find it handsome, especially with the quad headlight design. You best watch your back, BusinessWeek."Indeed.
(Source: Detroit Free Press.)
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