Arguably the most famous face of the hot-rod craze, the '49 Mercury immediately became the ride of choice for wild, top-chopping customizers.
More commonly called the Datsun 240Z, the original Z car was arguably the most important car in Japan's history. It proved once and for all that the country could compete in the worldwide auto market.
The 3500 offered classic lines and a gutsy six-cylinder engine. It was Maserati's breakthrough into the production GT world.
Although overshadowed by the iconic F40 that came before, the F50 was a more curvaceous and beautiful exotic, and packed a screaming V-12 in lieu of the turbocharged V-8. Only 349 were ever produced.
While the previous XK wasn't ugly by any means, the Jaguar sports car reached a new level of understated, modern elegance in its latest generation.
The Spitfire was the quintessential British roadster: good-looking and lightweight, totally fun to drive—and a total headache to maintain.