The Water Cooler – The Worst And Best Looking Vehicles Of All Time

January 21, 2021 12:57 pm · 54 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Tell us, what do you think is the worst looking car and the best looking car of all time?

Talk about it….

Exit 12A January 21, 2021 at 1:02 PM

Pontiac Aztek
Pontiac Silhouette
Nissan Juke
Kia Soul
Ford Transit
Cadillac Seville
Cadillac Cimarron
Buick Reatta
Chrysler K-cars
Chevy Volt
Toyota Prius
Hyundai Tiburon

Exit 12A January 21, 2021 at 1:11 PM

The worst list is above.

Ferrari 430
Ferrari 360 Spider
Ferrari 458/488
Maserati Quattroporte
Mercedes AMG GT
Aston Martin Vantage
BMW E36 (92-99)
Volkswagen Rabbit GTI (83-84)
Audi 100 Quattro
Audi TT
Porsche Cayman GT3/GT4
Porsche 930/935 Slope Nose
Ford GT, Second Generation
Ford Mustang 1965-68
Ford Mustang Mach 1 (1969-1970)
Chevrolet Camaro (1970-1973)
McLaren F1
Koenigsegg 1:1
Lamborghini Gallardo
Chevrolet Bel Air 1955-1957
Chevrolet Impala 1962-1964
Ford Thunderbird 1955-1957

Janus January 21, 2021 at 1:09 PM

Totally subjective:

Worst: Ford EXP (1982–1985)

Best: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette; AC Shelby Cobra/Shelby Daytona Coupé

Kirkwood January 21, 2021 at 1:23 PM

Worst: AMC Gremlin
Runners up: Kaiser, Hudson, Crosley

Best: 1961 Pontiac Bonneville 2 door hardtop.
Runners up: Anything built in 1957.

Supercars, Ferrari, etc don’t count.

The Mamba January 21, 2021 at 1:16 PM

Worst: Ford Pinto
Best: Shelby Cobra or Lamborghini Aventador

Exit 12A January 21, 2021 at 1:23 PM

The worst list is above.

Ferrari 430
Ferrari 360 Spider
Ferrari 458/488
Maserati Quattroporte
Mercedes AMG GT
Aston Martin Vantage
BMW E36 (92-99)
Volkswagen Rabbit GTI (83-84)
Audi 100 Quattro
Audi TT
Porsche Cayman GT3/GT4
Porsche 930/935 Slope Nose
Ford GT, Second Generation
Ford Mustang 1965-68
Ford Mustang Mach 1 (1969-1970)
Chevrolet Camaro (1970-1973)
McLaren F1
Koenigsegg 1:1
Lamborghini Gallardo
Chevrolet Bel Air 1955-1957
Chevrolet Impala 1962-1964
Ford Thunderbird 1955-1957

Givengold January 21, 2021 at 10:16 PM

No best list is complete without the Jaguar XKE. My other vote would be the Alfa Romeo GTV.

Stove January 21, 2021 at 1:27 PM

Best: McLaren F1 LM

Worst: Pontiac Aztek

Sancho Panza January 21, 2021 at 1:32 PM

I hated the Ford Pinto…loved Mustangs (especially convertible)!

miguel January 21, 2021 at 1:47 PM

Worst: Chrysler PT Cruiser (bad attempt at a retro look)

Best: Ferrari Testarossa (I was an 80’s kid, designed extremity for the win)

Hanne Jeppesen January 21, 2021 at 2:34 PM

I was never into cars that much, not a big thing growing up in rural Denmark in the fifties. When I first came to the states I lived in Westport Ct, my au pair family let me drive one of their cars, even on my nights off, felt like freedom to me. Moving to New York City a car was more of a liability due to lack of parking and public transportation was adequate.

My favorite cars is BMW 528e, I drove it for about 11 years, my ex husband and I bought it from the factory in Munich, and drove it around Europe for a few weeks before shipping it to the states. When I got divorced a few years later the BMW was part of my settlement, I loved that car the way it looked, the way it drove. Back in 1968 to 1970 I had a boyfriend who owned a Corvette, I think a 1964 or 1963 not sure, but loved driving in it with the top down. Somebody mentioned a Bonneville and I agree, again knew someone who had one in the late sixties. Mercedes is a good looking car, although some from years ago are way too big. As for ugly cars I agree the Gremlin and I don’t like the looks of a car that is too big and boxy.

Will January 21, 2021 at 2:35 PM

Worst: Pontiac Aztek

And it is not close.

Bob January 21, 2021 at 5:22 PM


Bob January 21, 2021 at 2:50 PM

Worst 1937/38 De Sota and Chrysler

Best 1956 Chevy Convertible (Red & White)

Dawg January 21, 2021 at 2:53 PM

Too many to list, but one of the best looking cars in my opinion is the 1969 Mustang Boss 302, Boss 429, or the Mach I. The ugliest car is any Shelby Mustang. Shelby took an already beautiful design and added pure ugliness to it.
For pick up trucks, any four door truck or truck with a back seat is ugly. Actually pick ups started to get ugly when they added plastic parts to the interior.

inmotion January 21, 2021 at 2:53 PM

What, no Yugo.

Best… ’56 Jaguar XKSS

Rolaids January 21, 2021 at 7:11 PM

The Car Guys once quipped that the only redeeming feature on the Yugo was that they included a rear window defroster – to keep your hands warm while you’re pushing it!

Antler January 21, 2021 at 3:09 PM

1956 Thunderbird
Porshe 912
Lincoln Town Car sedan (mmmm 1965 ?) ..
anything Ferrari

anything Volkswagen
the thing with the pointy snout (can’t even remember its name)
Cadillac “Seville” (if that was the one with the fins?)

Silva January 21, 2021 at 5:36 PM

My 1975 VW Bus was manufactured with a Porsche 914 engine🤣 When my first husband who at the time was a VW/Porsche mechanic opened up the back, I can remember him saying “HEY, will ya look at this!!”

The Fearless Spectator January 21, 2021 at 3:11 PM

Best: Jaguar XKE

Worst: Tesla Cybertruck

Ancient Mariner January 21, 2021 at 8:11 PM

Yup, I concur with the ‘E’-Type.

Antonius January 21, 2021 at 3:17 PM

Best is my 1967 Pontiac GTO

Jeff (the other one?) January 21, 2021 at 3:20 PM

Worst: 1975 AMC Pacer

Best: 1957 Chevy Bel Air (love that chrome front)

Just_My_Two_Cents January 21, 2021 at 3:30 PM

Best – 1928 Lincoln Phaeton
1932 Duesenberg
1965 GTO

Worse – The Nash

Ancient Mariner January 21, 2021 at 4:10 PM

1949-1953 Hudson 4-door Wasp or Hornet or Commodore (not the 2-door);
1971 Ford Mustang Fastback;
Jaguar 420G;
1972-73 Buick Riviera.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 21, 2021 at 5:06 PM

@ AM ~ I have to disagree… the Ford 1969 fastback was much nicer (Mach 1 also).

I also like the 1970 AMC AMX (I used to have one) Fast car !

Ancient Mariner January 21, 2021 at 8:07 PM

Dr. J:
Ever try to sit in the back seat of a Mach1?
I don’t recommend it for an adult.

ClayDen January 21, 2021 at 4:19 PM

There is only one possible answer for the best: Ferrari 250 GTO. It also happens to be the most expensive car ever, as one sold recently for $70 million (to the founder of WeatherTech). The 1964-1968 Ferrari 275 GTB is a close second. Third: Lamborghini Miura.

One of the most beautiful American cars ever built: 1967 Barracuda fastback.

Most beautiful race car: 1967 All American Racers Formula 1 Eagle, as raced by Dan Gurney.

Worst: Pontiac Aztec.

To Do List January 21, 2021 at 4:22 PM

One of the best, the Mustang from the 1960s of course. The worst, look outside. Everything on the road now looks like a big pillow. No personality, no lines, nothing to provide an emotional response. Big pillows. All the same. Put on someone’s reading glasses to fuzz up your vision slightly and try to tell the difference between a Honda Civic and a top of the line BMW. Same. Big pillows. How uninteresting.

Silva January 21, 2021 at 5:38 PM

That’s the truth.

Hanne Jeppesen January 21, 2021 at 7:51 PM

I have owned a BMW a 1982 528 e and 2 Honda Civics a 1993 and a 2002 I think don’t remember, there is a big difference in power and performance. I now have a Toyota Camry much preferable to the Honda. I had a friend that had a 1968 Mustang and he would often let me drive it, nice car I loved zipping around in it.

Dorothy January 21, 2021 at 4:30 PM

Don’t know about the best car but the worst are any that look like rolling toasters.

Ricardo Shilly Shally January 21, 2021 at 4:31 PM

Best: 3rd Generation Mazda RX-7

BOOYAH! January 21, 2021 at 4:46 PM

Best: Original Batmobile
Worst: Volkswagen Thing

1791 January 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Multiple votes for the 57 Chevy Bel Air. I’ll up the ante with the 57 Chevy Nomad.

Ancient Mariner January 21, 2021 at 8:09 PM

I’ll go with the Nomad, too.

Givengold January 21, 2021 at 10:22 PM

The Nomad was my favorite as a kid. I still have a bright green Hot Wheels Nomad. Two door long roof for the win.

April January 21, 2021 at 5:21 PM

Best: Aston Martin DB5
Worst: PT Cruiser

Bob January 21, 2021 at 5:24 PM

Pontiac Aztec and Jaguar XK-E respectively.

Doh January 21, 2021 at 5:41 PM

Worst = Ford Pinto because they knew rear end collisions could cause explosions and they sold it anyway. The bean counters underestimated how much it would cost the company.

Most GM cars for their weak motor mounts. One Chevy got me into an accident.

Scott January 21, 2021 at 5:57 PM

Worst: Tied between Pontiac Aztec and Toyota Prius.

Best: I’ll give 2 for this also, Jaguar XKE Convertible and Ferrari F40

Lambie January 21, 2021 at 6:04 PM

Darn, someone already mentioned the Batmobile!
Best: Rolls Royce, Jaguar
Worst: Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang car & Beverly Hillbillies truck 😝

Gititogether January 21, 2021 at 7:40 PM

Worse: the redesigned Civics
Worser: Priush
Worst: 4 door trucks…with automatics

Best: 1967 330 GTS
Bester: 1963 Split Window
Bestest: 1967 Muira / Speed Racer Mark V

jjshawk January 21, 2021 at 8:24 PM

Pontiac Aztek
Toyota Prius
Dodge Avenger (2008 -14)

Dodge Charger (1968 – 70), (1971 – 74)
Chevy Corvette Z06 (2001 – 04)
Tesla Model-S
GM Firebird / Camaro (1993 – 97)
Dodge Viper GTS Coupe
Audi R8

jose January 22, 2021 at 5:14 AM

One of the worse was a Maxda GLC, around the 79-80 yrs. Great mileage when it would run though.

Chris January 21, 2021 at 9:55 PM

Best: 68 CHEVY CAMERO with the 327
70 SS CHEVLE with the 45


Givengold January 21, 2021 at 10:21 PM

Another worst: Edsel
Two greats: MBZ 280C late 60’s-early 70’s
1963 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors. From JFK to Animal House

Givengold January 21, 2021 at 10:27 PM

One more best: Chrysler 300C. They bucked the big fins trend. Smooth and powerful.

Sandy G. January 21, 2021 at 10:47 PM

I still think the first year of the Chrysler 300 (the baby Bentley) is one of the prettiest cars on the road
The worst? A particular Chevy Vega. Hated that car

Randy January 22, 2021 at 8:05 AM

Best – Ford Pantera
Worst – AMC Gremlins

Well Folks January 22, 2021 at 8:13 AM

Best – 66 Pontiac GTO
Worst – AMC Pacer aka Moon Car

Mike January 22, 2021 at 10:23 AM

Ok, what do you guys think about the Jeep Gladiator???? At first I thought it was ugly but it’s kind of grown on me. Also, Ford is bringing back the Bronco. It kinda looks like the Toyota FJ Cruiser… which was also discontinued

Anon January 22, 2021 at 11:47 AM

Ugliest: Chevy Avalanche (2002). It’s a runner up to the Aztek. What’s up with all of that unfinished Plastic on the body???? Fugly.

The Prius 2010-15 is no worse than a Civic or Corolla.
The 2016 Prius is a cross between the Ford Probe concept car and the Pontiac Aztek.

WhoDat Gurl January 23, 2021 at 6:18 PM

Best: Jaguar sedan
Worst: Pacer

Isn’t it funny how automobiles trigger such strong responses to our memories? One of my friends from high school had a beautiful 1969 blue Monte Carlo two-door, lifted in the back. My goodness that car was so sexy. On the rare occasions when I see a similar MC, all dressed up, it transports me back to my High School parking lot, where John would always back his car in the corner spot in the back of the lot. It was gleeming, fast, beautiful leather interior and always immaculate. She was his baby for sure. Sadly, he passed a few years after we graduated. When I see a similar car these days, I think if him and those Glory Days. RIP friend.

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