What Is The Most Hideous Trim Package On An Otherwise Nice Car?

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Starting in 1991, Jeep offered on its Jeep Wrangler YJ a “Renegade Decor Group,” a box which—when ticked—turned the already controversial square headlight Wrangler into a hideous mess. What are some other special editions that somehow managed to ruin decent cars?

The YJ Renegade was an option package done by an aftermarket company named American Specialty Cars out of Detroit. Jeep sent standard Wranglers to ASC, where the vehicle was ruined via a ridiculous body kit, wild graphics, unique flashy interior, and totally ’80s five-hole alloys. Why anyone would buy this Jeep is beyond me, but it was the ’80s—the decade of poor automotive taste.


I’m sure the Wrangler YJ isn’t the only example, so what are some other trim packages or special editions that totally ruined otherwise-decent cars?

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Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio