5 ugly cars we like

You can have a wonderful discussion about the design of cars. There is nothing as personal as taste, and yet there are models that everyone finds ugly. Well, pretty much everyone. We see that a bit differently and go for controversy five times.

BMW Isetta (1955) – door Bart Smakman

I want to object. I don’t know which agency, but this bubblecar is wronged by its mention in this list. Although the driver of the BMW Isetta is terrified, it is truly sublime as an art object in the middle of a video clip-like living room. A two-tone egg with round headlights playfully glued to the side. The fact that the door swings open, steering wheel and all, gives the artwork an extra dimension. And I know I’m right, because the new electric Microlino from Switzerland copies the iconic design. And imitation is the most beautiful compliment …

Jaguar XJ (2009) – by Jaap Peters

How many wealthy Brits would have choked on their afternoon tea when they saw the back of this XJ? “Hmm, yes, well well,” they must have muttered. British for: not a hair on my head going to ride in that. And that didn’t happen. I personally love that Sir Ian Callum kicked hard against the conservative holy house and gave the Jaguar XJ this beautiful, all-traditional derrière. Slim, yet shapely. What I do mind: the successor to the XJ will be an electric SUV …

5 ugly cars we like

Fiat Multipla (1998) – by Gert Wegman

Everything and everyone fell over Fiat when it launched the Fiat Multipla in 1998. I just fell head over heels for this ‘insult to the human eye’. Among all the gray mouse MPVs, the Multipla was a brilliant, colorful chameleon. No other MPV steered so sharply and stuck to the asphalt like this. The combination of six seats and an adult trunk within a length of 4 meters was also unprecedented. I loved the monkey rock-like dashboard and the fantastic feeling of space. Unfortunately, this clever weirdo was understood by few.

5 ugly cars we like

McLaren Senna (2018) – by Remco Slump

Yes, I have eyes. They are not quite right, but are often corrected by excellent goggles, so I can see that the McLaren Senna is not a traditional beauty. Far from it, with its cheese-cheese body, curved Adrien Brody nose and rear wing that would make even a Porsche 911 GT3 blush. Still, I think the McLaren is beautiful. It is beautiful in its functional ugliness, because every line, edge and opening has a purpose: to push the Senna through the air and against the asphalt as efficiently as possible. It looks out of balance, but maybe my explanation carries some weight.

5 ugly cars we like

Peugeot 407 Coupe (2005) – by Gert Wegman

As the successor to the elegant 406 Coupé designed by Pininfarina, the Peugeot 407 Coupé had a hard time. The front overhang was too long according to critics and the large grille gave it a vulgarly large mouth. And what did Peugeot want to suggest with those shark gills? It was not a supercar! Okay, the elegant roofline could continue, but the taillights were again found to be much too bulky. I myself have a huge weakness for that touch of vulgar, just as I secretly find slightly too heavily made up, slightly too voluptuous ladies with a smoky voice.

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