Over the years there have been plenty of bad cars. Countless bad cars, really. If you made a directory of car model ever built, you’ll realize that even the most encyclopedic gearheads have a real grasp of a fraction of them, and that’s probably a good thing. The vast majority will reside somewhere in the forgotten middle, and the ones that are remembered are generally the really good, or the astonishingly bad.
And there are some terrible cars worth remembering. The Ford Pinto. The Subaru 360. The Dodge Aspen… well, you could make an argument for almost everything built between 1974 and 1982, if only to serve as a cautionary tale. But the dozen cars here are different. Not only were they flawed (some more than others), but they all promised something, and were all rolled out with such hubris that their failures have resounded for decades.
Whether they were ahead of their time, too little too late, or just plain terrible, here are 14 of the biggest automotive flops of all-time.