The US have produced some of the world’s greatest cars. Here are the top 10 American cars of all time.
10 Ford Thunderbird
When you look at the generations collectively, Ford struck out more often with the T-Bird than it connected. But when Ford got it right, a great all-time American car was produced. The original would-be Corvette competitor achieved greater success as a personal luxury cruiser, always looking its best in convertible form. Halle Berry driving one in Die Another Day didn’t hurt the car’s looks either.
9 Plymouth/Chrysler Prowler
We could have easily featured a top 10 article of all-time Mopar greats and still had difficulty narrowing them down. But for all those worthy of mention here as all-time American cars, few shout “USA” like the Prowler, the prefab hotrod sold as a Plymouth until the brand’s demise, then as a Chrysler stepchild a bit longer. It was more flash than dash, but at least it was indulgently brash in attitude; something that couldn’t have sat well with management during the Daimler days. We kind of like that.
8 Pontiac Firebird
Pontiac’s pony-car entry was more than a badge-engineered Chevy Camaro; it had an indelible impact on American pop culture. From prominence in the timeless Rockford Files to lowbrow Smokey and The Bandit movies and the kitschy cool original (or is it KITT-schy cool?) Knight Rider, Firebirds were must-drives for decades. And what could’ve been more American than the Screaming Chicken decal that draped Trans Am hoods? Let’s see an oversize Cavallino Rampante get the same effect over the front of a Ferrari.
7 Mercury Eight
For most of us, the demise of Mercury is a mixed blessing. Sadly, we’ll no longer get to watch Jill Wagner on the TV ads, but at least there’ll be fewer Grand Marquis on the road to mistake for police cars. But when granddad was your age, things were different. The ’49-’51 Mercury Eight out-cooled anything else on the road. It didn’t hurt that James Dean drove one in Rebel Without a Cause, but the original Lead Sled didn’t need the star power to immortalise it among all-time American cars.
6 Saleen S7
Saleen’s mid-engined S7 is the President Obama of all-time American cars because it broke barriers with a resounding “yes we can” (and try as some might to prove otherwise, the S7 was American-born also). Offered with naturally aspirated or twin-turbo V8s, the car had the visual punch of Verwandte lernkarten verwandte klausuren lexikon share teilen verwandte produkte vormärz und die diese europäischen revolutionen 26 lernkarten weiterlesen verwandte artikel märzkämpfe in berlin die nachricht vom sturz metternichs führte am 18
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