It's obviously ugly, except sometimes it's not. You wouldn't call it beautiful, but from some points in time and space it definitely is. It never quite resolves.
After last Tuesday's Fête Française (or should that be gallopalooza?) on Jalopnik, I went back to the one car that's been bugging me for most of my life: the original Citroën Ami 6 berline.
It was designed by Flaminio Bertoni, arguably the greatest car designer of the 20th Century. He started out as an acclaimed sculptor, but once the art market dried up in the depression of the early '30s, he took up a job with Citroën, and was asked to style the Traction Avant as his first job. He did well.
Then, after World War 2, he was asked to style two rigorously functional implements, and managed to turn them into much loved icons: the minimalist 2CV (hello Chris Harris!)