If you type ‘strangely loved cars’ into google you’re provided with a video where a young gentleman makes love to his car.
I can’t stress enough that this is not what I want to address in this article. No, I’m delving into the cars that have an unusual level of popularity considering the actual car that they are.
They have accumulated a bit of a cult following, one that doesn’t really match up to the design or quality of the car.
Don’t get me wrong, I am one of those people that often develops unusual fondness for utterly shite cars. I can’t quite put my finger on why I love some of these cars, but I just do. Maybe I feel sorry for them, perhaps I’m not of sound mind. Either way, all of these cars are way too popular if you take them at face value.
I’m sure you all have a love for a car that deep down you know to be a bit crap, so let me know yours in the comments. Here are my top 9 strangely loved cars:
9) VW Beetle
With almost 22 million of the bug being produced it is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made. I'm really struggling to fathom why. If it wasn't for the film 'Herbie' which might have injected some false charisma into the car, surely this car wouldn't still be being made in some form or another today.
8) Chrysler PT Cruiser
I'd have loved to have been in the marketing meeting when the Chrysler designers presented them with the PT Cruiser. I can't help but think that one of the marketers slept with one of the designers partners and this was the resulting revenge.
7) Fiat 500
Now, due to my love of the Fiat Panda 100HP, people assume I have an equal amount of passion for the Fiat 500. This could not be further from the truth. If you threw an Abarth 595 into my lap, I'm not going to say no, but the standard 500 is really not my cup of tea. I have a Panda 100HP because I love the driving experience. I know I don’t exactly look like Steve McQueen when I drive it - but it’s fun. Take away that fun factor and what are you left with? The 500.
6) Peugeot 206
In my childhood, the Peugeot 206 was seen everywhere. It was a vastly popular car, but I guarantee this is not down to the driving experience. I'd wager a good amount of money that it is popular due to its great warranty and 0% APR offerings. Going from the 205 to the 206 is like dumping Penelope Cruz to go out with Theresa May.
5) Vauxhall Nova GTE
Any fast Vauxhall from this era immediately sends any middle-aged man into a teenage regression where he is cast back into driving his Astra or Nova GTE attempting not to get his flairs caught on on the pedals. However, make no mistake, there were legitimately shite and were basically coffins on wheels.
4) Volvo 240
The first car on the list that has a strong place in my heart. The Volvo 240 has built up a large cult following mainly because of its indestructible nature. If it had normal built quality for the era, this would be an extraordinarily mundane car. However, that reliable factor makes it hugely popular. Maybe the reliability that the Volvo 240 provides, fills the lack of reliability you had throughout your childhood? I don't know, I'm not a psychologist.
3) Yugo GV
Believe it or not the Yugo was still being made in 2008. One of the worst cars ever made, it somehow has a place in so many people's hearts. This is probably more of a sympathy love rather than an actual tangible love. The best kind.
2) Lada Riva
Does anyone really not like the Lada Riva? The answer is no. The brick on wheels has captured the hearts of literally every single person on the planet and if you disagree, I'll fight you. I think that might have been Lada's marketing campaign. "Love it, or we'll fight you."
1) Citroën 2CV
With the power of deux chevaux (two horses in English 💡) the 2CV was a car designed for carrying eggs across bumpy French fields and that is exactly what you get. To this day, people still love this car and in reality it is just a little bit crap isn't it. It shows that character can replace any form of quality. Something that I've tried to emulate in my personal life.