1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
A hotted-up, sexed-out version of the ordinary DB4. 314 hp, a top speed of 154 mph, and fender arches to die for. Quite possibly the creamiest Aston coupe ever built.
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The 1543-pound Type 33-2 Stradale was little more than Alfa's insane Type 33-2 sports racer with streetable bodywork. A 2.0-liter V-8 lived in the middle and pumped out 230 hp at 8800 rpm. Italy doesn't get much better than this.
1971 De Tomaso Pantera
As Panteras go, the '71 model is a connoisseur's car. Devoid of the garish styling found on later Panteras, this simple Italian-American exotic looked the part and delivered the goods. A 350-hp Ford 351 lived under the rear hatch.
1973 BMW 2002 Turbo
The fat fender flares, the three-box proportions, the grunty turbocharged four - the 2002 Turbo is the craziest iteration of BMW's legendary 2002. Hefty lag and skinny tires made for seemingly endless laughs. OBRUT!
1974 Ford Escort RS1600
This one's easy: Dog-bone Ford Escort plus Cosworth BDA - a detuned version of Ford's period Formula 3 engine, and one of the most spine-tingling four-cylinders ever built - equals old-school rally car par excellence. One of the winningest British Fords of all time.
1977 Mazda RX-3SP
Rotary power, rear-wheel drive, a five-speed, and the craziest appearance package this side of Ru Paul. Old-school, Far-East speed at its funkiest.
1980 Lotus Esprit 2.2
James Bond may have installed a speed-sapping ski rack on his, but the 1980 Esprit Turbo was Lotus's first true supercar. Top speed was a heady 152 mph, and the Giugaro-penned body cladding added a bit of weird Italian flair.
1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC AMG Group 2
For some reason, Stuttgart chose to campaign the 450 SLC as a rally car. AMG, however, saw the model's potential as a road racer, modifying its engine and chassis to suit. Oddly, the three-speed automatic was left largely intact. Panzerslush FTW?
1982 DeLorean DMC-12
Let's be real here: The best reason to vote for the DeLorean DMC-12 is because it's the only car on this list that was ever turned into a time machine. The stainless steel body and gullwing doors add up to a relatively high curb weight, but remember: Where we're going, we don't need . . . roads. (If you don't need roads, you don't need curbs. Get it? Ha!)
1982 Lancia 037 Stradale
Built to homologate Lancia's ridiculous 037 rally car for Group B competition. Styling resembled that of Lancia's street cars, but everything under the skin was deadly serious. A balls-out speed explosion with a taste for blood.
1987 BMW M5
The first M5, and the first modern sleeper to come out of Munich. Sported a massaged version of the M1's DOHC six under its hood and was capable of 150 mph. When it was introduced, it was the fastest production sedan on the planet.
1988 Pontiac Fiero GT
In 1988, Pontiac finally abandoned the notion that the mid-engine, V-6-powered Fiero was a commuter car. The resultant attention to detail fixed many of the model's problems, and while it was a case of too little, too late - production ended that same year - the '88 GT is still the best and most talented of the Fiero bunch.
1989 Toyota MR2 SC
145 hp, a Roots-type blower, and a 0-60-mph time just below seven seconds: The first-generation MR2 was already a one-third-scale exotic with pin-sharp handling, but the addition of a supercharger upped the game.
1992 Jaguar XJR-15
Most hypercars start life as road cars and then get tweaked for racing duty. Not the XJR-15 - it was essentially Jaguar's Le Mans-winning XJR-9 fitted with turn signals. Unlike Coventry's most famous supercar effort, the V-6-powered XJ220, the XJR-15 used a naturally aspirated monster of a V-12. Predictably, it wasn't cheap; in 1990, it cost an eye-watering $960,165.
1995 Volvo 850 T5-R
A turbocharged, five-cylinder, front-wheel-drive station wagon: The 1995 850 T5-R is just as awesome today as it was fifteen years ago. One of the few cars that can serve as its own track support.
1996 Audi RS2 Avant
If a turbocharged, Porsche-built station wagon that can hit 160 mph and out-sprint a McLaren F1 to 30 mph doesn't get you excited, then you should probably just shoot yourself in the head.
1997 Honda Civic Type R
To make the original Civic Type R, Honda dropped a naturally aspirated, 1.6-liter, 185-hp four into a strengthened and lightened Japanese-market Civic. The package then lost most of its sound deadening and gained red Recaros and a limited-slip differential. Widely considered to be one of the best-handling and most capable front-wheel drive cars ever built.
1998 Alfa Romeo 155 GTA
Who doesn't love DTM cars? The 155 GTA was the final evolution of the extremely successful 155 touring car. A high-revving (11,900 rpm!) 2.5 liter V-6 delivered a stout 480 hp.
1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V600
There is one word for Aston's V8 Vantage V600: bonkers. This massive beast packs a twin Eaton supercharged 5.3-liter V-8, and it makes a mind-bending 600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. That it does this while looking so good? Criminal.
1999 BMW M5
The American muscle car as built by autobahn-obsessed Germans. V-8 power, eight throttles, and rear-wheel drive. When delimited, enough straight-line speed to outrun half of Stuttgart.