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Welcome back to the fourth part of our extensive article and prepare to learn more about some cars that shouldn’t have been given the green light for production. If you haven’t read part 1, 2 and 3, now would be a good time to do it.

Ferrari Mondial

Even Ferrari made a few mistakes in its long and prolific history; we are talking about the first Mondial model which was a real disaster. Based on the chassis of the 308 model, the Mondial was quite a heavy and large 2+2 coupe that had a V8 mid-engine with only 214 hp to churn. Plus, the transistor-based electronics were full of bugs and eventually every system of the car would fail. Although it was one of the few “affordable” Ferraris launched, the fact that the electric system was a disaster, the car wasn’t very successful. The company later on improved the Mondial but people already knew what was wrong with it and avoided it.

Cadillac Fleetwood V-8-6-4

These days there are many cars that feature cylinder deactivation, like the 2008 Honda Accord V6 which is a wonderful idea in my opinion to save fuel. When the power unit is running at light loads, it is logical to shut off the unneeded cylinders to save a couple of gallons of fuel. Cadillac tried this in the early 80s with the Fleetwood V-8-6-4 but during those days the on-board computers and semiconductors were still in their variable, infancy displacement and things didn’t go that well for the Caddy. We have to take our hats off for General Motors for trying this but the Fleetwood was a horrible car as it stalled, bucked, made awful noises and it jerked. For many people, this was the last time they took into consideration purchasing a Cadillac.

De Lorean DMC-12

Remember the movie Back to the Future? John Z. De Lorean is the creator of the famous De Lorean DMC-12 and he managed to make 8,582 units of this stainless-steel time-traveling hotrod. Because of its poor Peugeot V6 2.8-liter engine the car was heavily underpowered and it didn’t stand a chance. Add to this the fact that it was very expensive, you can figure out for yourself that it wasn’t a hit back in the 80s. The car was designed by Giugiaro and you have to admit that it looks cool even now after 30 years. The Texas-based company that controls the rights to the name recently announced that they will build a limited number of new DMC-12’s.

Cadillac Cimarron

Another Cadillac made it into our list and this time we are talking about the Cimarron model launched in the early 80s. Think about all of the things that were wrong with General Motors during those days and you will find them in this car. It is considered to be the most awful car ever made by Cadillac. It had a 4-speed manual gearbox and was based on the J-platform sedans but was loaded up with chintzy accessories and fabrics. Add to this the fact that it was a couple of thousands more expensive than the Cavalier; you can imagine that it was a flop.

Chevrolet Iron Duke

Chevrolet decided back in the early 80s to make their own Mustang-killer and they came up with the Iron Duke. Featuring an embarrassing 2.5-liter 92 hp engine that was linked to a three-speed gearbox (like the one in the California Corvette) the car was shamefully slow. It needed about 20 seconds to reach 60 mph, turning this Mustang-killer into a worthy competitor for a tricycle. The car looked cool though…

Maserati Biturbo

Back to Italy and this time we find the Maserati Biturbo. Conceived as an authentic grand touring sedan, this car was the result of an under-funded company that was struggling to avoid bankruptcy. The car was a piece of junk as it leaked, burned, snap or rupture, basically everything that could have gone wrong, did. An even more awful car was the TC model launched in the early 90s, which was a version of Chrysler’s Le Baron and had the Mazzer Trident on the nose.

Mosler Consulier GTP

The Mosler Consulier GTP was created by Warren Mosler, an excellent investor and economist who wanted to have his own sports racer. He took bits and parts from other cars, carefully watching the curb weight of the car. Indeed, it was a very light car (fiberglass body) and offered a very good power-to-weight ratio. It did so good in racing that it was eventually banned. So, what is wrong with it you might say? Look at it, it is without any doubt one of the ugliest cars in the world and it seems like Mosler thought about everything, leaving only one thing behind: design. The GTP looks like an East German kit-car and this isn’t a good thing, not by far.

Yugo GV

Remember the Bricklin SV1 we mentioned in a previous part of our article? Malcolm Bricklin was the creator of that awful car but he didn’t stop there as in 1985 he began importing the Yugo GV, a car made in the Soviet-bloc which had a very interesting feature that I’m sure you haven’t seen in another car: besides the carpet listed as a standard feature, the Yugo had a rear-window defroster that would serve for keeping your hands warm while you pushed it. The engine was a mess and the electrical system was a total fiasco.

Lamborghini LM002

The Lamborghini LM002 was not a bad car at all, but taking into consideration its clientele, it had to be listed here. Purchased by spoiled young Saudi sheiks, Uday Hussein (Saddam’s son) and other wealthy people from Libya and Saudi Arabia, it has earned its spot here.

Lotus Elite

The last car in this article is the fiberglass Lotus Elite which had a curb weight of only 1,100. The car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its class for six times but on the long run, the suspension was awful and the unreinforced fiberglass couldn’t take the structural strain.

Join us tomorrow for the final part of our article.

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