If you think you drive a piece of shit car, prepare to feel a whole lot better about your ride. Your car will feel like the love child of a Bugatti’s late night affair with a Rolls Royce after watching Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky drive the 1951 Hoffman.
Being behind the wheel of the Hoffman, Torchinsky felt confident proclaiming it the absolute worst car in the world. The Hoffman was a three-wheel car made in Germany following World War II, using available parts. What sets the car apart from other crappy lemons though, is that a lot of thought went into this car. It’s just that all of those thoughts were the wrong ones.
Simply getting into the car is a feat. As Torchinsky notes, “If you’re able to dislocate your pelvis from your body then you might be able to flow in.” The distance between the two front wheels is longer than the distance between the front wheels and the rear wheels, which is a feat of physics idiocy that is unmatched. It’s as if the car was designed to tip over easily. The linear shifter makes it almost impossible to tell if you’re in gear at all, let alone which one. The rearview mirror is practically invisible from any reasonable driver position. And the fumes the car produces are enough to induce hallucinations.
So when you’re making your next morning commute in your Geo Metro and lamenting the cupholder placement, just remember it could always be worse.