Forzalopnik: Round One, Group IV Cars

1957 Ford Thunderbird
Although it was designed to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette, the first Thunderbird evolved into something that Ford called a "personal luxury car." Futuristic sheet metal, plush interiors, and big engines were part of the recipe; sharp handling, sadly, was not. » 1/26/10 6:00am 1/26/10 6:00am

Forzalopnik: Round I, Group III Cars

1956 Lotus 11 » 1/25/10 6:00am 1/25/10 6:00am Colin Chapman's genius distilled into one of his most beautiful — and dangerous — racing cars. Like most Lotuses, the Eleven's strength lay in its weakness: Its light weight and intelligent suspension design gave it both astounding speed and intimidating fragility. The trick to spinning the Spyder's…