12 More ugly cars that are actually beautiful

1y ago

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A few months back I wrote a piece on cars that are often called 'ugly' but I have a soft spot for.

I've had a lot of feedback saying I'd missed out on a few and to be fair, I had. Here are 12 more ugly cars that are actually beautiful... in their own way.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

I'll kick off with one of my personal favourite designs that I regularly hear is ugly. This one really gets under my skin because I just can't fathom the thought process behind it. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is an absolute stunner. It has a subtle nod to the Formula 1 nose without being grotesque and has a long flowing bonnet (hood to my American friends) that suggests there is more power than even Donald Trump can comprehend.

Ferrari 360 Modena

When the Ferrari 360 first arrived on the scene, I immediately labelled it as ugly as I was a stubborn youngster and I had a soft spot for the infinitely beautiful Ferrari 355. To say that the 360 design has grown on me is an understatement. Time has been very kind to the bulbous headlights and huge intakes and it now lies in my dream garage. Especially in Stradale form.

Spyker C8

A frankly ridiculous design, the Spyker C8 was just inviting criticism but it wanted that, it welcomed it. It is a polarising design, but the level of detail is so deep it is clearly a work of passion rather than a marketing gimmick. I think it certainly falls into the beautiful..nay.. stunning category, especially that interior.

Bristol Fighter

A car that isn't that well known, the Bristol Fighter has taken some stick over the years for its headlights and garishness, but I ruddy love it. I know this won't effect exterior aesthetic appeal, but you should consider the fact that Bristols all harbour an unnecessarily monstrous engine that appeals to the child in me.

BMW M5 E60

Similar to the Ferrari 360, I thought the E60 was ugly as sin upon release. The E39 M5 goes down as one of the best looking saloons of all time, so it was always going to be a tough act to follow. However, over time it has grown on me a fair amount. If I look at the current M5 it doesn't really stand out from the crowd. It is one hell of a machine, but I'm not going to remember it in 10 years. The designers of the E60 had some big balls and the controversial design makes it a huge contender for a future classic.

Volvo 480

Two-tone. If anyone asks me what is missing from modern cars, this is my answer. Yes, the death of the manual gearbox is gut-wrenching, but I think everything would be OK in the world if there were more two-tone cars.

Rolls Royce Camargue

The Camargue gets called ugly on a regular basis, but this is only really in comparison to other elegant Rolls-Royces. As a stand alone car it is beautiful. Also, the indicators under the headlights look like it is embarrassed. Well, you've got no reason to be embarrassed little Camargue, be proud.

MG RV8

The MG RV8 looked a little dated when it came out but that shouldn't mean that it is considered ugly. In British Racing Green it is a beaut.

Porsche 914

The black sheep of Porsche (ignoring the existence of the 924) the 914 is a very cool little car. Just because it doesn't have the same lines as any 911 doesn't make it ugly.

Alfa Romeo SZ

It's hard to call a car beautiful when it looks a little like Bebop from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I think it is. The design is very 'of the time' and Zagato always like to push boundaries, but I just can't stop looking at it. I still can't decide whether that means it is like a stunning piece of art that captures my attention, or like when I can't stop looking at a car crash.

Ford Sierra Cosworth

Garish and outlandish, the Sierra Cosworth is the working man's dream. Not subtle in anyway shape or form, there can be no question that it is now a beautiful car.

Jaguar S-Type R

The final entrant on the list is a car that was annihilated by the press for its looks. I've always felt in the minority for loving this car, but I'm keen to find out what your opinions are. Am I alone in loving this four-eyed Jag?

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Comments (34)
  • the ferrari 360 modena wasn't ugly it's a nice car but to me it was so common that to me it was like seeing a civic nothing impressive

    1 year ago
  • Cozzeh 'til I die! It's the big kid in me, I've had a soft spot for the Sierra Cosworth in its XR4x4 form since the year they released it.

    1 year ago

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