NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- What makes a car bad? Is it the car with the worst exterior styling? The most dreadful interior? The most uncomfortable ride? The least reliable/most poorly made? Or is it a dismal combination of all these factors? For our purposes, the worst car in the world is not only the vehicle that incorporates the most of these negative traits, but also more importantly, has no redeeming qualities of what makes a car great whatsoever.
Over the years, car designers and manufacturers have produced many vehicles which unfortunately have rolled out into dealerships and, even more unfortunately, purchased from those dealerships. There is a large sample of particularly bad vehicles to choose from. The late 1960's - early 2000's offered up the majority of the nominations in making this list.
However, there could only be 10 named to this prestigious list of ill repute. We have scoured the internet in order to put together the worst of the worst. We referred to three lists as our main sources: Edmunds.com's "100 Worst Cars of All Time," TIME's "The 50 Worst Cars of All Time," and "The Worst Car in the History of the World" episode of Top Gear (the U.K. version of course). From these three, we whittled down and strung together an ultimate list of 10.
Below is the list of the 10 worst cars in the world...
10th-worst: 1971 Ford Pinto
Any car that tended to unaccountably erupt into flames during low-speed rear-end collisions deserves a spot on the list amongst the worst cars off all-time.
To make matters worse, Ford decided-in its infamous cost-benefit analysis of the situation that became known as the Ford Pinto Memo-that paying off the cost of settlements for the victims ($50 million) was more financially beneficial than recalling and reinforcing the car's rear ends ($121 million).