"This is my steering wheel. There aren't many like it, but this one is mine. Without me, it is useless. Without it, my car is useless." You'd think automakers would remember that creed when designing the big thing right in front of you, but alas, not always.
We've all done embarrassing things, I'll be the first to admit that. Thankfully though, our embarrassments are easily untagged on Facebook or fade into memory, instead of lurking and rusting on the streets for the next few decades. Carmakers, unfortunately, don't have that luxury.
A lot of ideas are offered in earnest. Gerber Singles, for instance, I'm sure seemed like a good idea to somebody in some meeting, but it was clearly ridiculous. Same with buying Newsweek. Sometimes, though, those bad ideas find their way into cars. Even though they seemed alright at the time, they sometimes had…
All that any Jalop ever wants is a fun car. It's hard to define what "fun" is, but it doesn't always mean it's the fastest down the straight or the quickest around the corner. It's just something that makes you happy, and lets you have a great time. And sometimes, you don't have a choice in the car.
Some cars are absolute pieces of art. They are rolling sculptures, delighting man, woman, and child alike. Also, they drive like crap. Here's a list of classics that could use a little juice under the hood, a little spring in their suspension, or a little re-do of the interior.