The Yugo actually wasn't that bad of a car, but it had one major design flaw: an interference engine.
Essentially, there was a belt on the Yugo that would fail every 40,000 miles or so. If you were a conscientious, careful maintainer of your vehicle, which most Yugo owners weren't since it cost about as much as a candy bar, you'd replace that belt.
If you didn't, basically once the belt failed the engine would smash its parts into each other until the engine was destroyed, meaning you were screwed and had to buy another car. Unsurprisingly, Yugo didn't have that much repeat business.
The NSU Spider
The Spider was a revolutionary sports car and had the first rotary engine. Meaning, of course, that it was buggy as hell and they hadn't gotten close to solving all the problems. The Spider's engine was so bad it became a tradition that people who owned these, when one passed another broken down on the side of the road, would hold up fingers to show how many times the engine had been replace.
The Messerschmitt KR175
The Messerschmitt KR175 was designed to fit into a variety of urban environments, save space, save fuel…and make you look like an even bigger dork than the guy driving the Trabant and working for the Stasi. Now you know why Mercedes Benz and BMW work so hard on their cars. To live down the shame of THIS.
The Cord was a pretty car with a good idea: make an engine with an aluminum engine block and steel pistons. One minor problem: aluminum shrinks in cold much more quickly than steel, so, if you lived anywhere colder than, say, Florida and didn't have a heated garage, you couldn't get your car to start because the pistons would literally be stuck in the engine. This is why you've never heard of Cord.
The Bugatti Royale Type 41
Bugatti specializes in making very well-crafted, very expensive cars. But they also made the Type 41, which existed entirely to prove how rich you were. Somebody said Rolls Royce was better to Bugatti's face and he was going to make them eat those words no matter what.
It weighed nearly two tons, was longer than a pickup truck, was more than twenty feet long and had a wheel-base of more than ten feet. Just to cap off what a d**k you were, the hood ornament for this beast was an elephant.
Unfortunately, Bugatti had bad timing: this ode to excess hit right when the Great Depression was getting fired up. He only built six of them and sold three.
On the bright side, he turned the leftover engines into a train. Yes, seriously, this thing had the hauling power to drag trains. That's how ridiculous it was.
- - The Trabant : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant
- - The VW Bug : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Beetle
- - The Chevy Corvair : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Corvair
- - Ford Pinto : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Pinto
- - Chevy Vega: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevy_Vega
- - The Yugo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zastava_Koral
- - The NSU Spider: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSU_Spider
- - The Messerschmitt KR175: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_KR175
- - The Cord : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cord_Automobile
- - The Bugatti Royale Type 41: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti_Royale#Type_41