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It’s no secret that we all have our favorites when it comes to the ugliest car ever made. I mean hell, I’d bet that at least 90% of the people out there would toss the Pontiac Aztec into the ring without so much as a second thought. There are those however like “The Car Show’s” Dan Neil who are a bit more eclectic and reference things that are just a bit more obscure. Back in 1957 a Catholic priest (Father Alfred A. Juliano) built an experimental vehicle that was meant to push the boundaries of automotive safety. Designed for long distance travel, the Safety Car was made of fiberglass and said to be dent proof, rust proof and have internally controlled hydraulic jacks for easy tire changes. It also had seat belts, a collapsible steering column, roll cage and side impact bars. Items that weren’t made standard on cars until years later. Unfortunately the Safety Car never made it into production, but what it did do was give the public a little insight into the future of the automobile.