These crazy 90s cars shouldn’t exist … but they do exist

On the one hand, the 90s gave us some fantastic supercars, sports car models and high speed imports that made an impact; on the other, it was a controversial era for gearboxes and automotive culture. In fact, the non-halo automobiles of the day were disappointing to say the least.

Before the arrival of current computers and the creation of just about any shape that could cut air, these were the last generation of cars to be created primarily with pencil and clay, fashioned from rectangles and corners. Some were quite advanced, others were responding to specific requests, while others should never have left the drawing board.

Cars from the 90s had a lot of weird shapes like they forgot about aerodynamics. From small egg-shaped station wagons to square vehicles, automobiles of the 1990s were available in every design and color imaginable. Strangely enough, the automobiles of the 90s had their own identity. It’s a wonderful thing because we all know that character is more important than appearance.

Companies were speculating on what would appeal to auto buyers in various ways. However, despite their best efforts, manufacturers have often missed the point and produced vehicles that end up on the least attractive automobile lists. Whether you like them or not, here are some “signature” vehicles we won’t be lining up to buy anytime soon.

1996 Suzuki X-90

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The Washington Post describes the Suzuki X-90 like “a no-butt, a bubble of a thing, a laugh if there ever was one.” “It has a shaved tail, a large glass roof, insect-eyed headlights and bulging fenders.”

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It’s hilarious and adorable. Unfortunately, there were few consumers on the adorable side of the line, and they discontinued production of this odd little SUV after a few years. It was both unnecessary and unsightly. With only 18 months on the market, Suzuki pulled it off the market. One of the strangest cars of the 1990s, if not ever.

Yamaha OX99-11


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Yamaha is a Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles and musical instruments. Yamaha and some automobile manufacturers have also occasionally collaborated in the development of high performance automobile engines. They created their own design vehicle. Although it ultimately failed, we know it as the OX99-11.

Cockpit of the Yamaha OX99-11 concept car

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All three OX99-11 prototypes appear to have survived, one of which sold for $ 1.3 million in Japan last year. Yamaha’s goal of building a road car was never realized, and its F1 efforts were a resounding failure.

Related: Yamaha OX99-11: The $ 1.8 Million Road Fighter Plane

1999 Qvale Mangusta

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When a deal between De Tomaso and donor Kjell Qvale collapsed, Qvale went it alone, renaming the project Mangusta. The engine and parts of the interior are taken from the Ford Mustang SVT Cobra to save money, but the structure is distinctive, with double wishbones all around.

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At 6,000 rpm, the 4.6-liter V8 produces 320 horsepower. It persisted for a few years before disappearing, but not before giving birth to another enigmatic automobile, the MG XPower SV Coupe.

Related: The DeTomaso / Qvale Mangusta’s Short Life At A Glance

Aixam Mega Track

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The Aixam Mega Track, which was produced from 1995 to 2000, is one of those long-forgotten and perhaps groundbreaking supercars. While this member of the bizarre supercar club has a mid-engined setup, it also has something no other supercar does: off-road capability. It is the only supercar from the 1990s or any supercar that can truly be enjoyed on any terrain.

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The Mega Track is much bigger than any other supercar ever made. Despite the car’s large V-12 in the back, it has four regular seats. It is the biggest and heaviest supercar of this era.

Related: Aixam Mega Track: The Original Rallyfighter

Plymouth Prowler

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The Plymouth Prowler was a new take on a 1932 hot rod. Cycle fenders paved the way, covering only the front wheels and keeping the suspension visible to all. Many elements of the Plymouth roadster were common with other Chrysler vehicles, most notably the inadequate V6 of the company’s LH sedans.

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The Prowler’s trunk was so small that the company sold a matching wagon so you could haul the equivalent of a weekend’s worth of luggage and supplies.

Related: 10 Things Most People Forgot About The Plymouth Prowler

Fiat Multipla

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It has long been one of the most heinous automobiles ever created. The muffin-topped Multipla looks like someone who was transplanted from a gigantic terrarium over the lower body of a small-wheeled station wagon. As if that wasn’t horrible enough, they then scattered several randomly placed headlights across the front.

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The original distinctive styling of the Multipla lasted only a few years until a redesign within the year, as practical as it is and built with great headroom and space for passengers or cargo. The most heinous of the Multiplas lasted until a revision in 2004.

Nissan S Cargo

1989 Nissan S-Cargo

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What makes it so unattractive? All of this, to be precise. What could he be called if he looks like a snail and carries cargo? The 1989 Nissan S-Cargo was born when Nissan needed a name for its delivery van in the Japanese market. Its strange design was inspired by the Citroën 2CV.

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The S-Cargo had a production of three years because it was too small for even the smallest delivery. It was much smaller than the Mini Cooper we had today. There were only 8,000 made.

1999 Honda Insight

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The Toyota Prius was not the first hybrid automobile sold in the United States, despite Toyota’s supremacy in the hybrid car market. The prize goes to the 1999 Honda Insight, an ultra-aerodynamic two-door with ultra-thin tires and city fuel economy of 61 miles per gallon.

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When the Insight arrived, gasoline prices were low and consumers were unfamiliar with hybrid vehicles. Sales plummeted, and Toyota’s more typical four-door first-generation Prius sedan dominated the market.

Panoz Roadster

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In the automotive world, the 1990s saw the end of the era of prototype cars. The automobiles that launched the Panoz brand in the United States – and if you look closely you can see an American version of the original form of Lotus 7. The Roadster is truly a special car.

Panoz Roadster AIV Interior

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Panoz designed the box frame in aluminum. The body panels are also aluminum, formed by Superform USA in California using superplastic forming. The end product is a 70 percent aluminum vehicle with a curb weight of just 2,600 pounds. AIV stands for Aluminum Intensive Vehicle, which explains its name. The engine is a 5.0-liter Ford V-8. It’s fast, as you would expect.

Bmw z1

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The Z1 was an original automobile then, and still is today. The Z1 is a car that is not particularly fast or capable. It’s already a high-priced treasure that enthusiasts would spend money on because of its unique design and smart pocket doors.

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They went completely blue with the doors while being invited to breathe fresh air into their architectural thoughts. When you pull the handle, the glass goes down into the door and the door itself is electrically lowered. And yes, it is possible to drive with the doors open.

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