Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World is a Top Gear special episode and a DVD. Jeremy Clarkson and James May hosted the show, Richard Hammond was not there. In this 2012 special, Top Gear tries to look for the worst car of all time.

The criteria, as told by Clarkson and May, was that the car had to be "terrible, but not cheap" and made by "a manufacturer that should have known better". The cars showcased in the episode include:

FSO Polonez, Mahindra CJ540 Jeep (formerly known as Willys Jeep), Ferrari Mondial, Ferrari's 50th anniversary F50, BMW X3, Lincoln Continental Mark IV, Buick LeSabre Custom, Lancia Ypsilon, Alfa Romeo GTV6, Citroen Pluriel, Porsche 911 Carrera RS (1991), Ford Escort Cosworth, Ford GT, Peugeot 308, Lexus SC 430, and an arrangement of other cars.

Various other contenders for the title were discussed only by name, and were not driven, while Clarkson and May played golf.

Clarkson and May also extensively showcased and drove better cars (from the same manufacturers) to draw comparisons with the bad ones. For example, to highlight the flaws of the BMW X3, they compared it with the much better BMW M3. For the Ferrari Mondial, they used the 458 Spyder, which they liked a lot more, to make comparisons.


The winner of Top Gear's Worst Car in the History of the World is the Lexus SC 430. Once they announced it, they delivered the car to Richard Hammond and stole his 1960's Ford Mustang as a joke.