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MSN Autos: 10 Most-Read Stories of the Week

5/8/2015

10 Most-Read Stories of the Week

Largest in the World<br>By 1920 Harley-Davidson had become the largest motorcycle company in the world. The company’s motorcycles were being sold by more than 2,000 dealers in 67 countries worldwide. The company was just as successful at the track — riders on Harley-Davidson motorcycles swept all eight national championship races in 1921.© Harley-Davidson History35_1 Largest in the World
By 1920 Harley-Davidson had become the largest motorcycle company in the world. The company’s motorcycles were being sold by more than 2,000 dealers in 67 countries worldwide. The company was just as successful at the track — riders on Harley-Davidson motorcycles swept all eight national championship races in 1921.

There's something about "Worst of..." lists that we all seem to love reading. This week was no exception to that rule, with stories on the 100 ugliest cars of all time and the worst automotive failures of the last 15 years reaching our regular top-10 list. But it wasn't all doom and gloom: a look at 12 cars with unexpected performance, the best inexpensive used car deals and the incredible history of Harley-Davidson drew equal attention on MSN Autos this week. As part of our regular feature, click through to read the 10 most popular stories on the site over the last seven days.

10. 100 Ugliest Cars of All Time

Everything a weird French car should be including arbitrarily sculpted and awkward perched atop skinny tires.© Wikimedia Everything a weird French car should be including arbitrarily sculpted and awkward perched atop skinny tires.

"Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly runs deep throughout the unibody." So says Edmunds in its ranking of the 100 ugliest cars of the last several decades. This gallery looks back at the many repellent, revolting and unnecessarily misshapen wheeled vehicles over the years.

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9. 12 Cars With Unexpected Performance

2015 Volvo V60 Polestar: When people think of Volvo wagons, they usually think of the clunky, boxy station wagons from yesteryear, but they've come a long way. The V60 puts all the old misconceptions about station wagons to rest with a range of potent four-, five-, and six-cylinder turbocharged engines that make the wagon hustle in a straight line. It's not bad on curvy roads, either, as its low profile allows it to hug corners with hardly any body roll.© Provided by MotorTrend When people think of Volvo wagons, they usually think of the clunky, boxy station wagons from yesteryear, but they've come a long way. The V60 puts all the old misconceptions about station wagons to rest with a range of potent four-, five-, and six-cylinder turbocharged engines that make the wagon hustle in a straight line. It's not bad on curvy roads, either, as its low profile allows it to hug corners with hardly any body roll.

When people think of Volvos, they often think of the boxy station wagons of yesteryear. You may be surprised to hear that the V60 now has a range of potent, four-, five-, and six-cylinder turbocharged engines that give the wagon some serious hustle. Take a look at 12 cars with similar misconceptions and discover the car you thought was merely intended to get from point A to point B can actually be a blast to drive.

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8. Harley-Davidson: A Rolling Retrospective

Largest in the World<br>By 1920 Harley-Davidson had become the largest motorcycle company in the world. The company’s motorcycles were being sold by more than 2,000 dealers in 67 countries worldwide. The company was just as successful at the track — riders on Harley-Davidson motorcycles swept all eight national championship races in 1921.© Harley-Davidson History35_1 Largest in the World
By 1920 Harley-Davidson had become the largest motorcycle company in the world. The company’s motorcycles were being sold by more than 2,000 dealers in 67 countries worldwide. The company was just as successful at the track — riders on Harley-Davidson motorcycles swept all eight national championship races in 1921.

Harley-Davidson has been building motorcycles in America for more than 100 years. In that time, more than 150 American motorcycle companies have come and gone, with Harley outlasting them all. Take a look back at the journey started by William Harley and Arthur Davidson back in 1901.

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7. Best Used Car Deals Under $10,000

2005 Honda Pilot© Honda 2005 Honda Pilot

Looking for new wheels on a tight budget? Consumer Reports shows that is no reason to despair in a feature that highlights the best used car deals under $10,000, along with some back-to-basics advice on finding an inexpensive car with a good reliability track record.

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6. 15 Car Doppelgangers

2014 rolls royce phantom: At nearly half a million dollars, what car can match up with a Rolls-Royce Phantom? The British marque offers extraordinary options on the Phantom you could never dream of on any other car, including a $14,825 rear theater, $21,450 drinks cabinet for rear passengers, and a $10,250 starlight headliner so passengers don't even have to bother with a moonroof. There's even a $1,250 veneered front cupholder lid option for those feeling a little extra opulent.© Provided by MotorTrend At nearly half a million dollars, what car can match up with a Rolls-Royce Phantom? The British marque offers extraordinary options on the Phantom you could never dream of on any other car, including a $14,825 rear theater, $21,450 drinks cabinet for rear passengers, and a $10,250 starlight headliner so passengers don't even have to bother with a moonroof. There's even a $1,250 veneered front cupholder lid option for those feeling a little extra opulent.

At nearly a half a million dollars, what car can match up with a Rolls-Royce Phantom? Well, it turns out it has a doppelganger -- just when you thought nothing looks like a Rolls-Royce. This feature from Motor Trend looks at a few of the instances where car designers from different brands may have gotten a little too familiar.

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5. An air-powered car for less than $10K? It's real and it's coming soon

Air Car Company Wants To Sell $10K Cars In US This Year© Newsy Air Car Company Wants To Sell $10K Cars In US This Year

It looks like air-powered cars are gaining steam -- pun intended -- as an entrepreneur seeks a multi-million dollar investment to get his company off the ground. The concept one ups electric vehicles that strive to use less fuel by taking gas out of the equation altogether.

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4. 10,081-Mile, Original Owner 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

1969 chevrolet camaro z28 reveal© Provided by Hotrod 1969 chevrolet camaro z28 reveal

The owner of this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 bought it new and put it on blocks because he "couldn't figure out exactly what he was going to do with it." Several decades later, this gorgeous hot rod has less than 11,000 miles on it and is thought to be the lowest-mileage, undiscovered, and unrestored one-owner Z/28s left in the world.

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3. Top 10 Automotive Failures of the Last 15 Years

Chrysler's Crossfire didn't look half bad, but it didn't drive well.© Chrysler LLC Chrysler's Crossfire didn't look half bad, but it didn't drive well.

There are plenty of ways a car can fail, whether it's low sales numbers, unfortunate design, or just general lack of desirability. But when a model does fail, it rarely does so in a spectacular blaze of glory; instead, they quietly fade away without notice. This gallery delves into some of the best stinkers of the last 15 years and details exactly what went wrong.

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2. A Pair of SS396 Novas - Rare Finds

A Pair Of Chevrolet Ss396 Novas Rare Finds L78 Nova Shined Up Promo© Provided by Hotrod A Pair Of Chevrolet Ss396 Novas Rare Finds L78 Nova Shined Up Promo

Finding one factory 396-powered Nova is enough of a surprise, but two? That is rare. Find out how that seemingly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself to one diehard enthusiast and the incredible price he landed for a pair of factory big-block Novas.

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1. 1967 Ford Mustang 390 GT Fastback Barn Find

The Mustang was parked in a pole barn against the back wall where no sun or rain could get to it.© Provided by Hotrod The Mustang was parked in a pole barn against the back wall where no sun or rain could get to it.

The sale of this car was an emotional one for the owner, who had held onto it on behalf of her late husband since he had died 15 years earlier. An enthusiast heard of the '67 fastback through word of mouth and ventured down to a barn in the rugged North Carolina countryside to track it down.

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