It may seem like the Porsche 911 has been around since the dawn of time, but actually, the 356 preceded it as the iconic German sports car.
The original Lotus Elite set the formula for all Lotuses to follow. It was extremely lightweight (roughly 1100 lbs), allowing it to make the most of its small, 1.2-liter engine.
Shortly before World War II reached a fever pitch, French maker Bugatti enjoyed considerable recognition for its gorgeous Type 57. A total of 710 were ultimately produced.
One of few recent cars to successfully blend traditional beauty with modern poise, the 8C was also known for its difficult handling.
This is one of history's most highly regarded race cars. The Type C had an enormous V-16 engine capable of propelling the slick vehicle up to 211 mph.
As the first modern Ferrari "halo" supercar, the 288 GTO was essentially a heavily reworked 308. Its top speed of 189 mph made it the fastest production car ever created at the time.