Carmakers don’t intentionally set out to make a bad car but sometimes, that is exactly what happens. They’ll often spend all their time, effort and money on the exterior — and very little else for anything else. Good performance? Solid handling? Nice interiors? Reliability? No, no, no and no as these seven good lookers (but very little else) prove…

Aston Martin DB7 

It might have been one of the best looking Aston Martins but it had the soul of a Jaguar. Literally. The DB7 was based on the XJS platform and unsurprisingly, it too suffered from steering with any feedback and a softly sprung chassis with so much body roll that even the wing mirrors feared for their safety. Worse, the interior looked just like a Ford of the same era and that’s because the Blue Oval owned Aston at the time and yeah, very graciously gave them access to their parts bin…

Bricklin SV-1

Featuring the classic sportscar long bonnet and short deck proportions — and gullwing doors – the 1974 Safety Vehicle-1 sure looked tasty. It was ahead of its time too; it packed energy absorbing bumpers and dent-resist materials. But it was poorly built, had engineering flaws and its outward visibility was terrible. The Ford V8 under the bonnet only made 175 horses and since the car weighed 1,570kg performance was very underwhelming. This could have been so good. Instead, it was so bad…

DeLorean DMC-12

What wasn’t to like? It had gullwing doors. A stainless steel body. And a rear-engine layout. Ah, but the DMC-12 was massive flop due to its terrible build quality, reliability issues and oh — a gutless 130 horsepower V6. It did 0-100kph in 10 seconds. It was excruciatingly slow but fast enough to become a time machine. Irony at its best by Hollywood.

Maserati 3200 GT

This was stunning to look at. And that’s about it. Earlier models came with LED boomerang taillights and the Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed body looked great. However, its driving dynamics didn’t match up to the impressive aesthetics. The suspension was best described as floaty, the steering was far too sensitive and the automatic transmission acted like it had never met the twin-turbo 3.2-litre. Shame that; the motor made a healthy 370 horses but was badly let down by all the other oily bits…

Mitsuoka Orochi

It had a jaw-dropping body that was super wide, super low… but this thing was super slow too. It looked like it should have broken the sound barrier but power came from a Toyota 3.3-litre V6 with a modest output of 230 horses. Worse – it was heavy and had a softly sprung suspension. Yep – it was nice from far, but far from nice…

Pontiac Fiero

What was your option if you wanted a Corvette but couldn’t afford one? Step forward the Fiero. The wedge shape Pontiac looked like it could deliver a real thrill behind the wheel. But the Eighties mulletmobile only delivered anger to its owners by regularly breaking down. And when it worked, it had a 92 horsepower four-pot tasked to er, not do much at all. And it did that very well…

Spyker C8

This was spectacular; it had an exposed gearbox and a propeller-inspired steering wheel. The Dutch carmaker did everything right when it came to the C8’s looks — but everything wrong when it came to handling. With a 400 horsepower V8, it didn’t lack power – in fact it had too much for the chassis. Show it a corner and it’d bawl its eyes out. It understeered, the ride was very rough and you had to press the brake a day in advance in order to get it to stop.