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Ugly Cars - Engineering Design Disasters

Posted August 29, 2011 9:44 AM by dstrohl

"When it comes to car design, few enthusiasts are reticent about their likes and dislikes. There are those rare cars that have been transcendentally beautiful and those few that have been breathtakingly ugly - some so awful that they contributed to the demise of the companies that produced them."

"The design profession as we know it today began to develop in the 1920s when the first modern design staff was instituted at General Motors under Harley Earl. To remain competitive, other automakers were soon forced to follow suit. Today, the quality of the design staffs throughout the industry is high and constantly improving. Does that mean ugly cars a thing of the past? Of course not.

The most celebrated aerodynamic disaster was that of DeSoto and Chrysler Airflows. Chrysler was renowned as an engineer's company, and Chrysler's managers were true believers in Frank Lloyd Wright's dictum that form should follow function. As a consequence, the Airflows were brilliantly engineered, with an impressive list of innovations. The public, however, rarely got past the homely looks."

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08/30/2011 11:27 AM

You mean like this?

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08/30/2011 3:57 PM

Or This?

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08/30/2011 4:36 PM

You really need to include the tent to do the vehicle justice!

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08/31/2011 1:55 PM

Good find. Actually, I have a co-worker who has one these and he freely admits it's ugly but he loves the functionality. Works for him.

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08/30/2011 11:19 PM
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08/31/2011 12:49 AM

Hi unil ... tokx, great vehicle !! With this , well, thing, who needs borax-nickel nor soap ?!

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08/31/2011 11:07 PM

Unfortunatly the humor of the joke was abit out of my league, what exactly is the joke anyway?

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