There is nothing more pleasing for car fans than to gather around and discuss their favorite automobiles amongst a group of car fanatics that are equally passionate. Nothing tops discussing rides such as the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder and the 1969 Nissan Skyline with friends who have differing opinions about the cars.
While beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, it is hard to dismiss the fact that in the past some car trends were completely foolish. What was considered a good idea back then is now considered a style catastrophe that everyone wants to avoid. Some of the trends of the past are unacceptable today, similarly, some car styles have ruined our favorite vehicles of the last 20 years.
In this article, we have made a list of 15 automotive fads that we just want to forget.
15. Terrible Wraps
Customizing your car and wrapping it in colors is alright if you have an idea of what you are doing. It creates a unique blend and adds to the style of your car. However, messing with the paint job can make your car look ugly instead of unique. There is no shortage of over the top custom cars that look hideous today.
14. Lambo Doors
The doors of a Lamborghini look good on a Lamborghini only! Installing them on a Cadillac Escalade or the Honda Civic is the attention-seeking behavior that our parents warned about. Doors that open vertically don’t add any value to the functionality, as they are only sources of vanity customization that make you look like an idiot.
13. Bro Trucks
Bro trucks are fake off-roaders essentially. This genre was defined by huge trucks supported by big lifts and gigantic polished wheels. The Bro trucks focus more on form than function, and end up looking like a car drawn by your 3-year old child. The trucks are hilariously tall and have no usability whatsoever.
12. Crazy Camber
This car fad used stretched tires and one-millimeter of ground clearance that we today call “Stance.” Anything extreme is offsetting, which is why the ride height and the wheels are quite frankly not good to look at. The poor performance and handling of the car don’t do any favors to its atrocious style.
11. Replacing the Badges
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Now this is just outright stupid. If you think that by adding a Ferrari symbol to a Chrysler it will somehow change the car, you are not fooling anyone. However, unfortunately badge envy is very common and many people try adding new badges to their vehicle as a status symbol.
10. Massive Spoilers
Although a wing or a spoiler can be a pretty cool modification, it becomes comical when you install pointlessly large wings to your vehicle. The oversized wings are usually stylized after the aerodynamics followed by race cars in Time Attack. However, most car owners don’t realize that adding overweight wings hampers the performance of the car rather than improving it.
9. Stick Ons
This trend started back in the 1950s with the Buick. Manufacturers at Buick called these “Ventiports” and they were used as semi-functional styling to ensure the big sedans stand out from the crowd. Initially, the vents indicated the type of engine; three vents on the side indicated a six-cylinder engine.
8. Black Paint
Many people tried the all-black paint option back in the day. People used the trend to shape their cars in a sporty and luxurious manner. In all honesty, luxury sports cars do look tough and stylish in black, however, the same cannot be said about an average sedan which looks like a kitten pretending to be a tiger in the all-black colors.
A scoop in the hood is typically used for the cool cars that are the fastest around. The additional vents are necessary to feed the vehicle and add to its horsepower. Adding the vents to a car that is not designed to compete with racecars is not a good idea, because neither do they contribute to the style nor do they improve the performance.
6. Wood Paneling
Another thing that is equally annoying as installing a fake scoop is the addition of fake wood paneling on every day-to-day automobiles. While the woody cars of the 40s and 50s did look cool, modern day cars end up looking cheaper and tacky with the installation of wood to the exterior.
5. Tinted Headlights
Illuminating the roads ahead is the only job your headlights are required to do. Covering them with a dark tint is not going to help you at all. Tinting the headlights is similar to using square wheels, they might look cool but they are nowhere as effective as the original.
4. Off-Road Fender
We are not sure how this became a trend, but in recent years we have seen a considerable increase in trucks that use fender flares without upsizing the tires and wheels. The trend looks completely awkward and gives the impression that the owner ran out of money before customizing the flares.
3. Bumper Stickers
Bumper Stickers are a phenomenon that is limited only to North America. Travel all you want in Europe, the chances of you finding a vehicle with bumper stickers there are minimal. No one reads into the stickers you have at the rear. We don’t remember reading or watching a story of two star-crossed lovers falling for each other just because they were impressed by the bumper stickers.
2. Lights under Car
People who think that illuminating the pavement with car lights hanging from the bottom need to reconsider their priorities. Pavements are intensely boring and no one really thinks about them other than civil engineers and construction workers. Illuminating them has no effect and, thankfully enough, it is illegal to use under glow lighting when driving in the U.S.
1. Tiny Wheels on Huge Cars
This is another trend that we just cannot wrap our heads around. Car buyers around the world know that the bigger the tires the better the performance; however people following this trend think differently. There is nothing cool about this trend and we beg you to think again if you are considering getting it done.