Actually, I don't think it's ugly---potentially a fairly interesting large bonsai plant. However the price is ridiculous. Nolina recurvata grows fairly fast and can be purchased small for small bucks---even largish for very reasonable bucks. I sold a 3-4' tall one for $40. this spring.
But I understand your need/desire to rescue plants---I do the same thing.
It's that bulbous base that gives it character. If it was set free from that pot it might do wonderful things. I have seen them over fifteen feet high with bases much bigger than that. Growing multiple shoots (trunks) is not unusual but I admit growing horizontally is unique.
Revisiting this thread, I've just thought of another explanation for the shape of this plant. I think it has been indoors for a long time in the same position with a window to one side of it. The horizontal shoot is from the plant reaching for the light from the window. The lack of proper lighting would explain why the leaves look over extended and floppy as well.
Here is a picture of a Beaucarnea in the Adelaide Botanic gardens which I took back in April. This is by no means the largest Beaucarnea growing there, but it is certainly one of the prettiest. If you need a sense of scale, that is my mum lying on the grass next to it, and she is about 5 foot tall, so that is one big caudex!
Glad you liked it, guys. I have been visiting the Adelaide Botanic Gardens for over 40 years and this tree was not small, even back in those days, so it is pretty old. I am trying to write an article on my visit this year but I have been a bit side tracked as I am currently doing some research on the Genus Manfreda. Hopefully once that is done I will get back to this topic and you will get to see a lot more photos from that day.
I just browsed the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in Google Earth looking at the Panoramio images. I have to say that is one amazing place. I also saw in the images several plants that could have been a Beaucarneas. And they were not small in the least.