@Docnick–Was that book by any chance, The World’s Worst Cars?
I ask because I bought that book a couple of years ago, for a relatively cheap price, at Barnes & Noble. It is entertaining, mostly because it lists many models that were never sold in The US, and–although I pride myself on being more knowledgeable than the average person about the history of the automobile–I did learn about models I had not previously been aware of.
After all, most of us in THE US never saw (or heard) of a Dacia Denem, or a Citroen Bijou, or a Perodua Nippa. That is the good thing about the book. The bad thing is that it was poorly researched, and it contains lines that seem to indicate that the author, Craig Cheetham, is not much of a car guy.
Among the things indicating poor research are the following:
“…the special edition Edsel Bermuda, which came with a canvas canopy instead of a roof for use in Caribbean markets.” (Nope, that model never existed, and–in fact, “Bermuda” was just the name for the deluxe 4-door version of the Edsel wagon)
re: The Chevy Caprice, circa 1976-1990:…“sent reverberations from every bump or pothole to your clenched-in-anticipation buttocks”. (Actually, these cars had an incredibly smooth, posh ride. Yes, there were other problems, but a bone-jarring ride was not among them.)
re: The Chevy Citation: “Brake failure was rife. The hoses were fitted too tightly and the amount of flexing in the hydraulic system caused them to work loose, dramatically reducing stopping power.” (Yes, this car had many faults, but to the best of my knowledge, the statement about the hydraulic lines being fitted too tightly is bogus, and Citations were no more prone to brake failure than any other model.)
In regard to the 2-cycle models that he lists, he says things like, “the engine belched smoke and drank oil”. (Ummmm…that is exactly what a 2-cycle engine normally does, yet he seems to think that this was a unique defect of these models.)
You can probably find this book for less than $15 at this point, and it is entertaining. Just be prepared to pull your hair out when you read some of his less-insightful comments.
Edited to add:
I see that Amazon has the book available for $9.99 (+ shipping), and I think it is interesting to note that almost all of the customer reviews that they posted about this book are of the same opinion as me, namely that they author seems to rely on rumors rather than actual facts, and that he apparently doesn’t really know very much about cars.