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The Worst Movie Cars of All Time

Posted in Best of, Featured, General, Lists, Pop Culture by MrAngry | April 6th, 2011 | 11 Responses |

Batmobile Batman Forever

We here at Ridelust.com are suckers for any type of cinema that contains automobiles. We love the chases, crashes, explosions and the simple fact that most of these cars take on their own persona’s by the movies ending. Cars like the 1968 Mustang Fastback in Bullitt, the menacing black Interceptor in Mad Max, and Milner’s 1932 Ford coupe in American Graffiti have all become automotive icons. Keep in mind though that this is not always the case. In fact there are many flims out there that simply crucify automobiles because for one, they simply don’t know any better, or two, you get some bonehead producer that “thinks” he’s a car guy and knows what the public wants to see. Hell, it’s a shame cars like this have to exist, but since they do we figured we’d put together a list of what we think are the biggest abominations in all of cinema.

• Vacation / Released 1983 / Car: 1983 Ford LTD Country Squire
Family Truckster

“If you think it’s bad now, just wait till you drive it.” – Eugene Levy.

That pretty much sums up Clark Griswald’s 1983 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon from the movie Vacation. The poor wagon was transformed into the Family Truckster that Clark and his family traveled across the country in. It came equipped with airbags, metallic pea paint and a roof rack that was ideal for holding dead relatives. It also had a rear quarter panel that was big enough to hold the phrase, “HONKY LIPS”. It was all about style with the family truckster… all about style.

• Wayne’s World / Released 1992 / Car: 1976 AMC Pacer
Murph Mobile

The Murph Mobile was a 1976 AMC Pacer that was clad in sky blue paint with mismatched wheels and some sort of hideous flame job on the side. It was pretty terrible to say the least, but I suppose it fit with Wayne and Garth’s slacker persona. Even though the car itself sucked, it did have a roof mounted licorice dispenser that was pretty cool, so I guess it can’t be all bad.

• Batman Forever / Released 1995 / Car: Batmobile
Batmobile Batman Forever

This is perhaps the biggest let down in all of movie history. The Batmobile from the 1995 movie Batman Forever, starring Val Kilmer, was so absurdly bad that whomever designed it should be taken out and shot dead.

• The Wraith / Released 1986 / Car: 1984 Dodge M4S Prototype
The Wraith

Believe it or not, but this movie stars everyone’s favorite nutball Charlie Sheen as a mystical figure that comes back from the dead to take care of a west coast gang of street thugs. His weapon of choice? A car known as the Turbo Interceptor which was based off of a 1984 Dodge M4S prototype sports coupe. The problem with the car was that it looked like a flattened turtle and was about as intimidating as any Dodge product from the 1980’s… meaning it was a full-on P.O.S.

• Corvette Summer / Released 1978 / Car: 1978 Chevrolet Corvette
Corvette Summer

This is a right-hand drive 1978 Chevrolet Corvette that’s been customized within’ an inch of its life. Between the useless hood scoops, side pipes, and shark like nose, it’s no wonder the movie was as terrible as the car. Since the movie was made in the 1970’s I can understand the bowling ball paint job, but that doesn’t keep it from being one of the most heinous cars to have ever grace the silver screen.

• Duel / Released 1971 / Car: 1971 Plymouth Valiant
Plymouth Valiant

As far as hero cars go, this is about as crappy as they come. Duel was about a pissed-off trucker who was obsessed with killing Dennis Weaver for the simple reason that he cut him off. The movie was 74 minutes long, but should have only been about 12 since Weaver was driving a 1971 Plymouth Valiant with a slant-six. Back then this baby had about as much get up and go as a monster truck with four flat tires. What’s even crazier is that this flick was directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. Glad to see this movie didn’t kill his career.

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11 Responses

  1. jwags says:

    I totally disagree with you about duel being terrible. It was one of spielbergs very first movies and he’s entitled to a learning period.

    While that car may have been awful yes, that semi is also not gonna have much get up and go either.

    to sum it up, terrible car, fairly good movie.

  2. Peterman says:

    Well shoot, I still liked the Turbo Interceptor.

    You were right about there being a P.O.S. 1980’s Dodge product in there though… http://imcdb.org/i028844.jpg

  3. al says:

    The Car … 1970-something, starring James Brolin. A hideous cartoon of a thing. Nice cliff dive at the end though.

  4. turbosrt says:

    Im dissapointed guys. I thought the M4S was cool. The concept was suppost to have twin turbo 2.2ltr with 440hp. Top speed of 195mph and 0 to 60 in 4.1sec. Sounds cool to me.

  5. Bj says:

    Mirth Mobile guys, Mirth Mobile.

    I’ve got to join in on the Duel defense. It was about fear of the unknown, an unstoppable force that seems to just be messing with you until death. The slow, plain Valiant fits perfectly with a traveling salesman severely down on his luck.

  6. Leigh says:

    “roof mounted licorice dispenser…”
    Haha yes! I remember that. Great flick, terrible car.

  7. Keith says:

    the pacer or Spacer as my friends called it… was unique. the little hump in the roof is actually a roll bar within the body structure, and the passenger side door was a little bigger than the drivers door, for easier access to the back seat. they were ugly as all get out, but kida cool. the pacer wagons on the other hand were just plain ugly.
    there was a pacer around town as I was growing up, had fat rear tires and a big block chevy that used to cruise around town. looked like something Hotwheels came out with.
    Another but ugly car is the corvette from the Ateam series. Blah!!!!
    The corvette summer car I thought was cool, not that I’d own it that way, I liked the black firebird that buddy flipped at the end of the chase was much nicer

    • Garth says:

      How stupid are you?!! Pacers are the bombs! Have you seen the episode of Pinks where the 1978 Pacer Wagon won the whole shooting gallery? I have a 79 Pacer wagon and it is the best car I’ve ever driven- way better than the 69 Camaro that my Grandpa owns and its way cheaper. If your gonna spew, don’t do it on a Pacer- do it on a Camry!

    • me says:

      The A-Team vette is a heck of a lot better than some ugly Volvo or Infiniti that you dudes have at the top of the page…LAME!!!

  8. ryanstoy says:

    The Pacer, Truckster and Valiant were all perfectly cast for their roles, all of which called for dorky cars. All the rest are hideous and well deserve their place on the list of shame.

  9. Matt says:

    Why is this article written like the cars in Vacation, Wayne’s World (MIRTH mobile, by the way, not Murph mobile), and Duel were not deliberately crappy cars? Did you even watch the movies or were you too busy jerking it to American Graffiti fantasies? Just dumb.