Montag, 3. Oktober 2011

The World's Worst (and Ugliest) Cars II

Subkategorie: Ghost Cars of the World

Blues Brothers, take note: these cars are truly un-killable

The sheer logistics required to make these cars marginally road-worthy boggle the mind. Driving them is similar to boarding abandoned roller-coaster, as you never know if there is a terrible crash just waiting to happen at the next turn.

Ghost Cars of Venezuela

Seeing these ghostly apparitions still plying the highways and country roads of the (mostly) developing countries, makes us better appreciate what we have (even though we complain about high maintenance, repair and gas bills). 

Thanks to Tony Pearson, who sent in these photos, we now have a better idea of what driving in Venezuela looks like:

All-wheel steering? -

Not. Safe. -

More un-killable vehicles: this one is from the "Barn" -

Printing the license plate number on the glass is a good idea: the trunk area needs some work -

Cover for a rainy day -

Taxis are not in any better shape:

Cuban Buses

Not even mentioning the condition of other cars in Cuba (almost all of them would throw US safety expert in for a loop)... There are cars that never cease to amaze US vintage car collectors, how such ancient models can still drive around. But even disregarding cars, take a look now at the public transit buses in Havana:

Very strange:

(image credit: Simon Ward)

More ghastly vehicles!

Most are from the former Communist Block countries (so called "Borat-mobiles")

(originals unknown)

The last image seems to be common practice in India: this is how the vehicles are driven from one factory to the other, while being only half-built.

Aggressive ghosts:

Actually, der letztere ist ein Kunstwerk... lol... . It is a piece of art, dating back to the early/mid 90's called "Ghetto Blaster". You can see contemporary American cars in the background.

Still working Russian truck, lovingly propped up by wood:

(image via)

Some cars get a new life as graffiti displays:

(image via)

...or as a rebel force headquarters (here is a Serbian partisan's van):

(image via)

Still hauling containers!... plus enjoying a nice cooling system:

(image via)

This car advertisers repairs of all sorts... except car repairs, I guess:

(image via)

Volga car lives again:

(image via)

Convertible "wishful thinking":

(bottom image via)

Probably the utmost in "wishful thinking" (this vehicles also has frightening stickers: "Belongs to Mafia" and "Elected Governor of the Road") -

But there is something scarier than old cars road hazard:

Vehicles in Iraq:

...deserve their own category. Some of them refuse to die even after being "freshly squeezed" by your friendly neighborhood tank:

No way this thing still moves! -

(original unknown)

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