Vanden Plas 1500
The mother of all sows' ears is unquestionably the Vanden Plas 1500. Taking the lamest car ever made in Britain, the Austin Allegro, parent company British Leyland attempted to gentrify it. Its upright grille, leather seats, chrome wheel trims and walnut picnic tables evoked the classics of Empire. Sadly the Vanden Plas looked and felt like a pig wearing your grandmother's jewellery.