It’s the most wonderful time of the year, if you happen to be a ghost, ghoul, goblin or some other grim and ghastly creature.

There are some cars though that don’t have to dress up to be scary because they’re hair-raisingly horrid all year round, and we’re about to give you nightmares by telling what they are… *insert evil cackle here*

Ford Pinto

Ford Pinto

On face value, there’s nothing too scary about the Pinto, but this 1970s hatchback is essentially a serial killer.

In 1977, allegations surfaced that an issue with the car’s fuel tank meant that the petrol inside would ignite if the car was rear-ended.

Ford denied the claims initially but was forced to pay $3.5 million after a woman was killed when her Pinto exploded after being hit from the back on a highway. At least another 27 people have lost their life because of the problem.

The Batmobile in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman vs Superman Batmobile

Bruce Wayne’s ride is meant to be intimidating, we get that, but let your eyes digest this hot mess for a second: it looks more like it could decimate a continent. That in itself is terrifying.

Ferrari F12tdf

Ferrari F12tdf

Any car that makes Chris Harris uncomfortable – in an isolated track environment, we hasten to add – has to be deemed scary.

As a rule, Ferraris aren’t easy to drive but the F12tdf is frighteningly quick, with its 6.2-litre 769bhp engine hurtling you to 62mph in 2.9 seconds.

Rolls Royce Ghost

Rolls-Royce Ghost

This spooky Roller is the smaller sibling to the equally eerie Phantom and one of the most luxurious saloons money can buy.

If you’re not given the willies by the fact that it’s named after the wispy deserted spirit of the deceased, then its asking price will disturb you, retailing between £216,000 and £253,944.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler PT Cruiser

If you don’t want to sleep tonight, just take a long hard look at this grotesque monstrosity: this mini hearse is practically death on wheels. If the Grim Reaper drove, he’d definitely choose the PT Cruiser.

The designers were apparently gunning for an updated take on the old gangster getaway car, but it just makes anyone with half an eye want to get away as far as possible.

A convertible version that emerged in 2005 didn’t improve its looks because when you took the top down, a central arching B-pillar was left in place, making it look like a grandma’s headscarf. Laughable.

Pontiac Aztek

Pontiac Aztek

Another car renowned for its appalling appearance, the Aztek has developed a thick skin for nasty words over the years and you can see why. It’s like the design team just hit the ‘randomise’ button and swiftly slipped away to the pub.

The exterior is chaos, not even organised chaos, just straight up mayhem with lines doing whatever the hell they like. What’s that front-end even doing?!

The car enjoyed an unexpected if ironic rebirth after its appearance in Breaking Bad as Walter White’s ride of choice, and if it’s cool enough for Heisenberg…

Stephen King’s Christine

Stephen King’s Christine

A red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury that genuinely wants to kill you. What could be more terrifying?

Sinclair C5

Sinclair C5

This three-wheeled pedal car was launched with the tagline ‘a new power in personal transport’ and the inspiration and motive behind the Sinclair C5 was admirable. But navigating one on public roads will scar you for life.

It was slow (about 8mph on a flat straight, reaching 15mph going downhill), low (a few centimeters off the tarmac), and left the driver feeling exposed and at the mercy of passing traffic. You’d feel safer in a Little Tykes Cosy Coupe.

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