The 1999 Flop of the Year happened in December 1998.
That's when someone at General Motors apparently decided Lincoln would not beat Cadillac in the U.S. luxury sales race. No matter what.
The trick? Thousands of vehicles still on dealer lots were counted as 'sold,' and Cadillac claimed the crown by a mere 222 sales. But after an internal audit, Cadillac admitted the December numbers had been cooked. Lincoln received a quick apology.
Anyone at Cadillac who's tempted to consider an encore this year will need an even longer nose. Through November, Mercedes and Lexus had wide leads on Cadillac. Cadillac was about 2,000 sales ahead of Lincoln, though - presumably fair and square.