If you've grown a reputation as a "car person," odds are you've been assailed with single most infuriating query that can be leveled at an individual of our ilk. In some weak attempt to strike up a conversation, someone has dribbled the words "What's the best car?" from between their lips and slung the syllables all over your shirt front. As you and I know, that's an unanswerable question. You might as well attempt to levy a verdict on the best music, art, sex, or tool. They all have their own time, purpose and flair. The crew at Top Gear have set out to tackle no less of a sticky meditation with its latest DVD: The Worst Car in the History of the World.

Of course, to put some clarity on the question, Jeremy Clarkson and James May are out to investigate the worst car in the history that is both not cheap and from an automaker that should know better. Judging by the quick promotional clip in the video below, the duo take a look at everything from the Ferrari 458 Italia to a Lincoln Continental Mark V and the Lexus SC 430. Check it out for yourself.



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      thenewrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great show. Weak climax but good fun.
      Benjamin Valenzuela
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well they said the worst car needs to meet elements like being cheap and by a manufacturer that shoulded known better that is why there are no cheap cars like ladas or yugos
      Claud
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, they're the worst car show in history, so they aughta know all about worst...........
        MikeInNC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Claud
        Why is it always someone with an AOL sign in that says ridiculous things like this? Coincidence? I think not. Must have taken a long time to upload that comment on a 56k modem.
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Claud
        Yes, that's exactly why they have audience of over 200 million people.
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      Watched it last night, bleh...wasn't funny, wasn't anything special. Hopefully the Christmas special with the new Viper, LFA and Aston will be better than this. This show looked like they made it on their lunch breaks from Top Gear.
      pghcc2007
      • 2 Years Ago
      It has far less America bashing than Clarkson's usual nonsense but when it comes to engine power output they still ignore the ultra draconian emissions standards this country adopted in the early seventies and also ignore the fact the even the Mercedes 6.9 of the time only put out about 250 hp with the standard 430 SEL and jag and bmw big car competitors not putting out more than 180 in US spec.
      Carzzz
      • 2 Years Ago
      how come the sc430?
        Cory Stansbury
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carzzz
        Because it's awful in every way.
        Mclarlm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carzzz
        Because Toyota ruined the beautiful lines of the SC400. Designing it as a convertible was a mistake. It's fat, overpriced, and suited to carting overweight executives to the golf course.
      David Thompson
      • 2 Years Ago
      My worst 2 cars, The horrendously ugly Citroen Picasso and the horrendously underpowered 3-cylinder Fiat Punto with its engine howling like a demon at 80km/hr
      SheldonRoss
      • 2 Years Ago
      Spoiler: Lexus SC 430 wins it. Hope Hammond is happy with his new possession. Although, in typical Top Gear fashion, they spend more time on entertainment than actual content. At one point they actually call the new(er) Ford GT a terrible car and rag on it a bit.
        LynxFX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
        If you follow Top Gear you will know why they rag on the Ford GT. Clarkson bought one and it was constantly breaking down. May and Hammond would make fun of him for that. That part of the special was more about putting each other's personal car purchases over the years up as contenders for the humor of it.
      JJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was a Lincoln Continental Mark IV, not a V.
        ThucBiDza
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JJ
        well...either one will still have the turning circle of the curvature of earth...so... =P
          Michael Free
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ThucBiDza
          Yes, but when you find an obstacle blocking that colossal path, you have the option of simply plowing through it. A Mk IV is the equivalent, weight and power wise, of a heavy duty diesel truck... well beyond five thousand pound curb weight, and if they got a '72 (I didn't catch with certainty, but I think I saw proper 'smooth' bumpers) then it had (gross) 365HP and 500lb-ft of torque. My first car was a hand me down Mark V. Diabolically brilliant move on my parent's part, as I literally couldn't afford to go wandering around in it... in it's well worn state (retired at 278,000 miles) if it was cooler than room temperature outside I got 4-6mpg out of it. Filling one today would cost nearly $150, and get you nearly 150 miles.
      Sergey
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai Excel Chevy Cavalier Cadillac Cimarron Ford Aspire Ford Tempo.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        [blocked]
          Smilez1105
          • 2 Years Ago
          Mr. "I know everything about cars and you don't" GR, why don't you look up the Suzuki Maruti. There was a Maruti 800 made by Maruti Suzuki. The Tato Nano is another city car. Maybe you should do some research before being so flippin self righteous.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          Smilez, You appear very confused. You just verified my flipping claims. The 800 is a car. Maruti/Suzuki is the make. The Tata (not Tato) Nano is a car made by a totally different car company. So... your point is? You stated nothing to contradict my previous statements. You don't even make a point other than to criticize me on no grounds whatsoever.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay everybody! Worst car you personally have ever driven! I'll go first - Jeep Compass. I actually felt the Chevy HHR was better.... Cringe.... But the HHR is a really close second!
        twofingersneak
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        rented a PT Loser once. made me feel sad. very sad.
        Erasmo Torres
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        I concur with the Aveo being a terrible car.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        Dodge Caliber - slow, heavy, hard to see out of, broken transmission. Chevy Aveo - Badly put together, squeaked when you turn left, felt like a car from the '80s that had been run hard and was half broken, except new on the lot.
        lordedardstark1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        Two AMerican cars for the list. AMC Pacer/ Matador.
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