1957 Ford Thunderbird 312 (Elite+)
Ford engineers saw little use for a two-seater convertible sport model, back in the early 1950s. However, one of the drafters had a better vision ... which eventually became the iconic 1957 T-bird. Found most often with a 4-spd manual transmission, this little gem ran a smooth 7.0 flat to 100 kmh. It hit the quarter mile in 15.2 sec, at 149 kmh. Top speed was only 212 kmh .. but it was designed as a tourer, not a race car. You''d never know it, though, based on the generations of Americans that have entered - and won - thousands of races using the basic stock model.