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The Most Infamously Bad (But Cool) Cars Ever Made

DeLorean with doors open


When you think of car shopping in Ontario or the Inland Empire, whether it’s for a used car or a new car, you’re probably imagining sleek designs, powerful engines, and the latest in automotive technology. But what about those cars that are so bad they’re cool? They might not be around California car dealerships, but they’ve carved out a unique place in automotive history. Let’s dive into some of these infamously bad yet undeniably cool cars.

1. The Ford Pinto: A Flaming Controversy

The Ford Pinto is notorious for its safety issues, particularly a fuel tank design that made it prone to catching fire in rear-end collisions. However, it’s this very notoriety that makes the Pinto a cult classic. With its compact size and quirky design, it’s a reminder of a different era in automotive history. If the Pinto has you thinking about safety features in modern cars, check out the latest Ford with advanced safety technologies.

2. AMC Gremlin: Quirky and Memorable

The AMC Gremlin, often found in used car lots around Ontario and California, is another example of a “stupid car” that’s gained a cult following. Its odd, chopped-off design and unusual proportions have endeared it to a generation of car enthusiasts who appreciate its uniqueness. The Gremlin stands out as a bold statement in automotive design, even if it wasn’t the most practical.

  1. 3. Yugo GV: The Ultimate Underdog

The Yugo GV is often cited as one of the worst cars ever made, but it’s this reputation that makes it so fascinating. It was incredibly affordable, which made it a popular choice for budget-conscious drivers in the Inland Empire. The Yugo’s simplicity and notorious unreliability have turned it into an underdog hero of sorts. For more budget-friendly options, view our used car inventory.

4. Pontiac Aztek: Breaking Bad in Style

The Pontiac Aztek is often ranked among the ugliest cars ever made. But thanks to its role in the popular TV show “Breaking Bad,” the Aztek has gained a new level of cool. Its distinctive look and utility make it a memorable choice for car buyers in California who want something different from the norm.

5. DeLorean DMC-12: Back to Coolness

No list of bad but cool cars would be complete without the DeLorean DMC-12. Famous for its role in “Back to the Future,” the DeLorean’s gull-wing doors and stainless-steel body make it a standout. Despite its performance and quality issues, the DeLorean has become a symbol of 1980s automotive ambition and style. Dreaming of your own DeLorean?  Explore one of our futuristic electric models.


These cars may not have won accolades for their performance or reliability, but they’ve won hearts for their unique charm and peculiarities. Whether you’re car shopping in Ontario, California, or anywhere in the Inland Empire, remember that there’s a car out there for everyone, even if it’s a little quirky or has a dubious reputation. Ready to find your perfect, possibly quirky, ride? Visit us to get started on your car shopping adventure.

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