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Time Magazine’s 50 Worst cars of all time 1966-1971

Time Magazine’s Worst cars of 1966-1971

Time Magazine tackled a monumental task by narrowing down the worst of the worst vehicles ever made. They compiled a list of 50 Worst cars of all time broken down by the years they were produced.

Here is the seventh installation of articles targeting the bottom feeders of the automotive world.

Peel Trident 1966

Peel Tridentand at least it earned itself the title of the world’s smallest car.
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The Peel Trident is a funky looking little vehicle, the picture alone is enough to earn it a spot on the 50 Worst list. Built on the Isle of Man in this little vehicle was built at 4 feet 2 inches in length,

A plexiglass top kept the cockpit warm as an oven, and anything built like this can’t get anywhere very fast. It looks like it belongs in an episode of the Jetsons, making that cute little noise as it puts along the road taking George Jetson to work.

AMC Gremlin 1970

AMC Gremlin
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The Gremlin has earned itself almost a cult status due to it’s unmistakable profile. It is truly an iconic relic of the early 70′s.

One of the few lemons designed by Richard Teague, the Gremlin began as AMC’s attempt to be competitive in the subcompact market in the United States.

In the interest of saving a few bucks the Gremlin’s odd-shaped body is a AMC Hornet with it’s rear end chopped off.

Awkward and poorly engineered, this ugly little car is happily left in last century.

Triumph Stag 1070

Triumph Stag
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The Truimph Stag is not a terrible looking car, in fact, it has a cute, zippy look to it. It should, it was designed by Giovanni Michelotti.

Unfortunately the engineering department didn’t take their jobs as seriously. The 3.0 liter V8 engine was an mechanical nightmare, with explosions, broken timing chains, seized bearings, and that’s just the beginning.

In fact, it seems like nothing under the hood of the Triumph seemed to work properly.

Chrysler Imperial LeBaron Two-Door Hardtop 1971

Chrysler Imperial
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The Chrysler Imperial reigns as a king of the large cars, an enormous vehicle, especially for a two door.

The LeBaron’s claim to fame is having some of the longest fenders in history, and it reached over 19 feet in total length.

Featuring an interior big enough to sleep a family of four, it was powered by an enormous 440 cubic inch V8 engine, one that could probably power an ocean liner.

Beyond any of the other reasons this car should be on the 50 Worst list, this car is just stupid big. We want to find a couple of them and have parallel parking contests.

Ford Pinto 1971

Ford Pinto
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Another iconic 70′s model is the Ford Pinto, known for it’s horsie logo and it’s rather signature look.

Also know for it’s tendency to become a flaming ball of fire anytime it is rear ended. The Pinto will go down as one of the more exlposive cars ever made.

Made even more famous by the Ford Pinto memo, calculating the cost effectiveness of reinforcing the rear end to make it safe against the potential payout to victims of the faulty design.

Looks like the consumer won that battle, and the pinto kept trotting off the lines as is.

2 thoughts on “Time Magazine’s 50 Worst cars of all time 1966-1971

  1. Tim L Taylor

    The 71 Imperial LeBaron was indeed overly large but to mention them in the same “worst cars” list as Pintos and Gremlins is unfair. These were mechanically good, solid and dependable cars. The 440 is a great engine and was smaller than other other competing engines in similar sized cars offered by the competition. If you researched a little harder, I am sure you could find plenty of cars that would fit the “worst cars” list by virtue of their poor performance, repair records, etc. instead of being included just by size.

  2. Marc Schaefer

    Sorry, what a stupid idea to take the beautiful fuselage Imperial on a worst car list! Only a person never was in touch with this great automobile can act like this. The 1969-71 Imperials are the best Chrysler products ever, a timeless sleek design, best materials, a high quality product made in USA, this cars are playing in the same league like Mercedes, Porsche and Bentley! There are not many other american cars out there built in that high international standard. The 440 is a great engine, this Imperials are no gas guzzlers like the modern SUVs the 1970 Imperial has better gas milage than a 2004 Escalade. This Imperials and 440 engines are a mechanical masterpice in automotive history like a Rolex is in watches. I own a 1970 Imperial LeBaron myself and would never ever sell this car for any reason and think about a 1920s Duesenberg was a larger car why dont you take the Duesenberg in your worst car list?

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