They might not have the most conventionally attractive looks, but these are all still cool cars.
The VehiCROSS, both in name and appearance, looks more concept car than production two-door off-roader. The wild fascia and odd body panels make it standout no matter where it goes.
At first glance, the Previa doesn't look like anything special. It's only when you realize what lies underneath do you see the appeal of this van. The engine is mounted in the middle under the front seats, and power is sent to the rear wheels. You could even get it with a manual.
Some people consider the early 2000s Fiat Multipla the ugliest car ever made. Now that 15 years has passed since its unveiling, they're cheap enough to be quirky, fun beater cars. These guys even took one to the Nurburgring. Either way, that headlight setup is unlike anything else.
Alfa Romeo has built some of the most beautiful cars ever made, but it also built this—the Alfa Romeo SZ. It's certainly different, and you'll never have to worry about the SZ blending in with the crowd, though we can't necessarily call it beautiful. Maybe interesting is a better word.
To a lot of people the Citroen SM looks fantastic. We're not going to argue, and we'll even admit we have a serious soft spot for the SM. But we also won't pretend it wasn't designed by someone who had any intention of imitating other cars on the road. The SM is a car that's beautiful in its own special way.
The launch of Ford's Edsel sub-brand has gone down in history as one of the biggest disasters in the history of the automobile. And while there were plenty of cars from the late 1950s that look more graceful, we can't help but appreciate Edsels for their distinct appearance and for being ahead of their time.
Ferraris have historically been some of the best-looking cars on the road, but that doesn't mean there haven't been some design misses. And yet even if the design of the Berlinetta Boxer is a little off, it's still a great car. It's too bad Ferrari never saw fit to sell the BB in the U.S.
The Lancia Fulvia is a great car, especially in coupe form. But if you want your Fulvia with better aerodynamics and a lower chance of losing it in the parking lot, you pick the Zagato-styled Fulvia Sport. It's not as beautiful as the Coupe, but we love it anyways.
The Lotus Europa was simple, light, and one of the best-handling cars you could buy at the time. Its styling was also a bit . . . peculiar. Reducing drag meant leaving conventional standards of automotive beauty at the door, and while there isn't much that you'd confuse the Europa with, we'd still love to get behind the wheel of one.
The second-generation Valiant is usually the car to have, but if you really want to stand out from the crowd you go with the first generation. Most of its major design cues haven't aged nearly as well as Plymouth probably hoped they would, and yet it's a classic car we'd still happily own and drive.
Back when the Renault Alpine GTA came out, you could have also gotten the much-more-practical Porsche 944. But why get the more-practical Porsche when Renault was selling a competitor made out of plastic and fiberglass? The Alpine GTA is much cooler. And French.
Why the rear-engine, V8-powered minivan never took off, we aren't quite sure. Yes, there's the lack of rear visibility, but the Stout Scarab is so roomy and so weird-looking, it's just about perfect. Packing tons of innovations beneath its aerodynamic bodywork, the Scarab is still impossibly cool, even today.
Subaru has given us plenty of oddball designs in the past, including the XT's spaceship-inspired cockpit. But we have a special place in our hearts for the SVX's window-within-a-window look. Americans might not have been ready for such an expensive Subaru, but we still love it.