The Most Horrible Failed Products of All Time

14. The DeLorean

DeLorean Motor Company, 1981-1983. AKA ‘Too bad it’s not a time machine’

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The iconic DeLorean was a huge failure.

The DeLorean sports car had a starring role in the classic Back to the Future films — but despite its fame, the car tanked along with the American auto industry in the 1980s.

Although the stainless steel body and gull wing doors were the definition of cool, DeLorean owners complained that the cars were not as powerful as they looked. Only 9,000 of them were made by 1983.

Thirty years after production stopped, the modern-day DeLorean Motor Company announced it would release 50 replica cars per year starting in 2017, with an estimated price tag of $100,000 each. To date, no new DeLoreans have appeared.