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Col. Gaddafi's "Libya Rocket" car (AFP/Getty).
Did you know Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi moonlighted as a car designer before he lost control of his country?

The dictator in 2009 introduced a prototype car that he claimed to have designed, which he intended to have built at a Tripoli factory. The idea behind the car was to make it ultra safe to try and cut down on the large number of fatal car accidents on Libyan roads.

What is it about cars and the worst people in the world: Gaddafi, Mexican Drug Lords, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or even convicted ponzi scheme financier Bernard Madhoff? Where there is evil, there are a bunch of sweet cars or the desire to make a mark on the auto industry.

Nazi leader, and for many the most horrific mass murderer in history, Adolph Hitler, has long been associated with two brands of cars: Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. He was driven around in Mercedes staff cars, and the endless footage of Hitler that has run on cable channels over the decades shows him getting in and out of Mercedes-Benz sedans (known as "saloons" in Germany) with the tri-star logo-hood ornament often very visible. It got to the point in the 1990s that Mercedes-Benz North America forced cable channels running historical programming to promise not to run their ads if they were showing Hitler.

Hitler's idea was that the German people needed an inexpensive, reliable car that would boost their mobility and prosperity. That thinking led to the creation of the Volkswagen Type 1, the car we came to know as the Beetle, or "Bug." Volkswagen literally translates to "The Peoples' Car," and some still refer to it as "Hitler's car" despite six Disney "Herbie The Love Bug" movies.

So, what cars are associated with the worst, most notorious people on earth these days? Our gallery shows the favorites are still Mercedes-Benz, but also a Chevy, Ford, a Peugeot and a guy who had not one, but two, Bugattis.

Click to view gallery: The World's Most Notorious Vehicles



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel like putting Michael Vick in the same category as all these other people is a little unnecessary.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope that Tatoo from Fantacy Island buys Aragjedigons old car. They both look a lot alike, and I hope he then goes driving all around Tehran in that Dictators old car.
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      How come I don't see any of them driving a YOGO
      visability
      • 3 Years Ago
      evelyn robert derothschild drives which car?
      jmchladek
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually, I am surprised this list doesn't include the most notorious vehicle of them all, the Toyota pickup. In any third world country involved in a civil war or general lawlessness, you see hundreds of these things with "freedom fighters" in the back, or rigged with big guns (usually anti-aircraft guns used for ground assault use). They don't call them "Taliban Taxis" for nothing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Michael Vick comments from both the author AND Suzy Sorry were a little low... Give it a rest.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be interesting to know what vehicles were driven by such notorious individuals as Al Capone, Benito Mussolini, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Fidel Castro....just to name a few.
      elysianfields08
      • 3 Years Ago
      fascinating
      • 3 Years Ago
      what the hell .we need to be concentrateing on or gov.doing there jobs.who cares about the cars. we need to remove the people we have in gov now. we cant even make a good living ,while these fat cats live well.i am pist off at our gov and so are a lot of other people.its time for the poor man to take back his country.they control it all.bail out for banks where is my bail out.you cant even start a business because of all the money it takes to pay for the write to make so money.its time to remove our gov,because they are not for the people.they are for the rich only and they want to keep it that way.we have to ban togather to remove this bunch of self concerned ******** james sparks
      • 3 Years Ago
      ----- welcom to http://www.cn2bizz.com --- ------- goog quality shoes , -------- fashion clothes ; -------- brand hand bags , ------- wonderfull wallet, glasses...
      Tratco
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sedans have never been known as "saloons" in Germany, dead wrong.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i love hitlers cars
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