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.
A few weeks ago, TheStreet put out its list of the 10 Worst Cars of All Time. After some amicable feedback from readers, we have decided to dig even deeper and extend the list to 20.
However, there could only be 20 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 20.
What follows is the list of the 20 worst cars of all time...
20th-worst: 1978 AMC Pacer
Referred to by many as a "fishbowl on wheels," the AMC Pacer became a car that kids would ask their parents to park a block away from school so as not to be seen in.
Adding to the car's strange shape, the passenger side door was four inches longer than the driver side door.
Sales of the AMC quickly dwindled, and the car was phased out after only five years.