Top Five Worst Movie Cars


No. 5  1963 Volkswagen Beetle, "Herbie: Fully Loaded"

Drivetrain: 190-hp, 2.3-liter four-cylinder with four-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive

Notable Features: Racing stripes, spoiler, delusions of personality

We don’t doubt a 1,834-pound car with a 190-hp racing motor would be quick it has a better power-to-weight ratio than a Maserati Spyder. But paired with Lindsay Lohan and her kid-friendly cohorts, Herbie doesn’t compare to his original “Love Bug” self. Or maybe we’re just too old.

No. 4 1984 Ford Econoline,"Dumb and Dumber"

Drivetrain: 114-hp, 4.9-liter six-cylinder with three-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive

Notable Features: Nose, ears, tongue and other canine appendages

Lloyd calls it the shaggin’ wagon, but we doubt there’s much of that going on in Harry Dunne’s Mutt Cuts van. Worse yet, it isn’t properly equipped for the job: With Harry’s driving, unrestrained pooches lose their perm in no time.

No. 3  Winnebago Chieftain, "Spaceballs"

Drivetrain: Wing thrusters and secret hyperjets with electronic throttle; no-wheel drive

Notable Features: Raspberry radar jammer, retractable ladder

Eagle 5 reaches hyperactive speed and accommodates four occupants — not to mention a tool rack, fire hydrant and giant hair dryer — but its poor gas mileage and limited power means it won’t outrun Spaceball One, which can hit ludicrous speed. Sorry, Lone Starr: The Schwartz is not with you.

No. 2  1974 Dodge Tradesman, "Napoleon Dynamite"

Drivetrain: 180-hp, 5.9-liter V-8 with three-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive

Notable Features: Camper top, Tupperware-crushing fortitude

Uncle Rico’s orange Tradesman is the go for his gig, peddling Tupperware and, um, herbal enhancements door-to-door. Grapefruit resistance notwithstanding, the van is about as cheesetastic as Rico’s frigate models.

No. 1  1983 Ford LTD Country Squire, "Vacation"

Drivetrain: 200-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 with four-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive

Notable Features: Wood siding, hood-routed gas intake, driver-side airbag

It’s metallic pea, not Antarctic blue. There’s no rallye fun package, either. Rather, the Griswolds’ Wagon Queen Family Truckster is every family’s worst vacation memory. As the salesman said, “You think you hate it now, but wait till you drive it.”

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By Kelsey Mays | May 30, 2006 | Comments (19)



The worst car? The so called Mustang in Gone in 60 seconds. It's NOT an original,rather a cluelessly styled afterjob. A Boss429 looks much better,not to mention ORIGINAL Shelbys.Bruckheimer productions are terrible.

Eric Trombly

you suck beacuse its vegas vacation not vacation dumass

we're talking of the original National Lampoon's Vacation. It was the first of four Vacation flicks. You're talking about the final, and third best, film Vegas Vacation.


Here's one for the worst list.

Somebody shake up my memory...but when Sylvester Stallone wasn't busy making either Rambo or Rocky remakes, he came up with a tasty little morsel of a cop movie in which he worked (I think) the Miami area and drove around in what I am pretty sure was an early fifties HUDSON.

It brings back my distant youth, I knew a guy that must have been the most paranoid driver I have ever known. He did some research on which cars were the safest if hit, and he hunted down about a '52 Hudson. He then added steel reinforcement to all the side panels and pulled a couple front bumpers off of about a '58 Pontiac--the ones with the huge ovals in them and the largest bumpers ever put on a production car--and put one in front and one in back. And to make sure he was safe, he never drove the damned thing over 25 MPH. Lol...not sure he could with all the extra weight.

Steve H

That would be "Cobra", in which Stallone drives a n early-fifties Mercury.


Oh come on! Lonestar's Winnabago should be disqualified because it's a "spaceship".

The Corvette from Corvette summer? Now THAT's horrid!


well first of all i think that the delorean from back to the future shouldnt have won. i think the mustang gt390 from bullitt or the charger from bullitt(wich was not included in the list) should of won. if one of those didnt the shelby mustang from the gone in 60 seconds remake, the "general lee"('69 charger) from the dukes of hazzard or the charger from fast and the furious.


The Renault 5 in Dude, where is my car?, propably the worst movie ever made.

Stanley Kleinman

I wish that the guy who cackles all the time would reduce his cackling by at least one half. As a long time listener it is becoming annoying.


What about the AMC Pacer from Wayne's World?? How can that NOT be on there?!?


Clark Griswald only wishes the Family Truckster had 200HP. Ford was lucky to get 150HP out of their early 80s V8s and the County Squire, LTD, and Grand Marquis was no exception. In fact, I believe the output of these cars stalled at 150HP until 1992 when they switched from the 5.0L to the 4.6L engine. Poor Clark, I'll bet that car couldn't even cruise at 80 mph let alone keep up with a Ferrari.

Big Spender

Herbie the Love bug is the best movie car of all time. And may I say the only movie car to appear and several movies remakes...Hummm Herbie the best!


lets not forget the taxi cab from conspiricy theory, now that is fugly


The 1964 Chevy Malibu from Repoman, with Emilio Estevez, one of the worst movies ever made.

w d kinkopf

how about the wood paneled 2 door convertible from planes trains and automobiles? i think it was based on a 80s chrysler lebaron.

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