2. Dodge Viper
Featuring a wildly swoopy body and a massive ten-cylinder engine, Viper was all speed, tire-smoke and drama. The original Viper debuted for the 1992 model year. In many ways, it was a shockingly raw and unrefined vehicle. It lacked both side windows and exterior door handles, for instance. Instead of windows, the Viper had clear vinyl “flaps” that could be set in place to keep out wind and rain.
Other “unique” features included door sills that got exceedingly hot (due to the car’s side-mounted exhaust pipes) and a bare-bones, plastic-clad interior that looked conspicuously out of place in car that cost around $60,000 in the early 1990’s. None of that really mattered, though. The Viper wasn’t supposed to be comfortable. It was about speed and attracting attention wherever it went. Even 20 years later, it still turns heads.
3. Porsche 911
For many people, 911 is likely the first thing that comes to mind when they say “sports car.” Porsche’s inimitable speed machine is perhaps most remarkable for how incredibly consistent it has remained over the decades. Regardless of how new or old it is, no one would ever mistake a 911 for anything else. Although the current version is much faster, more luxurious, heavier and larger than the 1960’s original, put them next to each other and you will see the great resemblance.
The first Porsche 911 was produced in 1964. In addition to its iconic shape, other fundamental characteristics of 911 include the use of a horizontally-opposed “boxer” engine and the car’s rear-engine layout. It is not the only car to ever had its engine behind the rear axle ( Delorean DMC-12 and Volkswagen Beetle are two other examples,) it is an uncommon location. Porsche has been refining this unique configuration over the years, though.