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50th place) Chevy SSR

It's a crazy idea to build a convertible with a folding tin roof based on a pick-up that can hardly be used as such. Cool! That's enough for 50th place!


49th place) Hummer H2

The definitive answer to the increasingly effeminate SUVs. Looks as robust in a neighbour's primroses as it does in the desert sand! However, it got into talk due to its lavish fuel consumption and all politically correct people then canceled the H2. That alone is a recommendation for the coolness top 50.


48th place) 1965-1967 Buick Sport Wagon

The samba bus among station wagons. The Americans sometimes also call large station wagons "landyachts". But only the Buick Sport Wagon, like the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, had yacht-like glazing in the roof!


47th place) 1941-45 Jeep

Reduced to the bare essentials, but equipped with outstanding talents

the jeep set out to save the world in the forties. If that

is not cool!


46th place) 1957/58 Ford Ranchero

The Ranchero, based on the Fairlane, is considered to be the forefather of pick-ups based on passenger cars. Without him there would be no El Camino! And maybe not a golf caddy either!


45th place) Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The big jeep ran at its best in its final years of production. Comfortable leather, a grumbling 5.9-liter V8 and of course a gruesomely beautiful “wooden planking” made it

Grand Wagoneer as a real noble off-roader alternative with character. Because Jeep cannot offer anything comparable at the moment, there are companies that are completely rebuilding the “Waggie”.


44th place) 1955-57 Chevy Cameo

The Bel Air among Chevy trucks. Fiberglass panels gave the truck a more elegant sideline. Lots of chrome, special taillights and a luxury interior create a visual distance to the hard-working brothers. Economically, the cameo was not a success; its rarity increases its appeal.


43rd place) Chrysler model year 1960

Although the competitors started the new decade with their tail fins clipped, the 1960s Chryslers still grew into the sky. And it just looked amazing. Regardless of whether sedan, station wagon or

Convertible. Which is an art in itself. Chrysler chief designer Virgil Exner achieved yet another real highlight a year before he left Chrysler. 77,285 buyers felt the same way!


42nd place) 1968/69 Plymouth Roadrunner

No other car catapulted the enthusiastic youth into the high-speed heaven more cheaply. For only $ 2,896, the 335 hp, basic version equipped with a 383 ci Super Commando hit the quarter mile in 15 seconds. With the 440 ci or the 425 PS strong Hemi, offered as an 800 dollar option, it was 1-2 seconds faster. Most important standard extra: Roadrunner comic emblems and comic horn: Beep, beep! Cool!


41st place) GM "Bubble Tops" 1961

In 1961, the two-door hardtops of the GM brands Chevy, Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac were crowned by a generously glazed roof with filigree posts, which earned the construction the designation "Bubble Top". And gave each division a fantastic coupé. Chevy advertisers wrote “The greatest Show on Worth!” And were not wrong at all. In 1962, the “Bubble Top” version was exclusively for Chevrolet and then only reserved for the Bel Air.


40th place) 1999-2001 Plymouth Prowler

The first and so far only factory hot rod. 11,703 enthusiasts chose the $ 45,000 Plymouth. 3,170 of these left the factory as, however

than Chrysler, because the Plymouth brand could not even be bought by the Prowler before the K.O. preserve.


39th place) 1988 Chrysler C-300

Thanks to the Hemi-V8, the grand daddy of all muscle cars was the first US production car to break the 300 hp limit. The elegant two-door hardtop coupé was the fastest American production car in 1955 and won 20 of 40 NASCAR races that year. The Hemi-Legend starts here!


38th place) 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

“She's so fine my Four-O-Nine!” Sang the Beach Boys and didn't mean a lady with more plump hips, but the Impala SS. Its 409 ci-V8 was able to close the coupe over a quarter mile in 14.9 seconds rush. 1 hp per ci made this possible. If you don't have a pocket calculator at hand: the V8 with the beautiful nickname "porcupine" contained 409 hp.


37th place) 1966-67 Dodge Charger

In the fall of 1966, the Charger, a unique coupé, came onto the market. Despite the endlessly long fastback, the Charger was extremely useful because the individual rear seats could be folded down completely. The headlight-free grill was also a real specialty, but the Charger was not a sales success.


36th place) 1994-96 Chevy Impala SS

Corvette V8 and tasteful fine-tuning turned the sedate Caprice of the last generation into an agile Impala SS. The fan community still mourns the Impala, which was sacrificed for truck production.


35th place) 2005-08 Dodge Magnum

The Magnum has remarkably revived the American station wagon tradition. However, under new conditions: Not as a fluctuating “grocery getter” but a dynamic sport wagon with built-in top chop! Production has meanwhile been discontinued.


34th place) 1949 Mercury

"If I had a dollar, I know just what I'd do, I'd go downtown and buy a Mercury or two ..." The Mercury Blues (later interpreted by Steve Miller, among others) addressed what young people thought. The later “Head Jedi” George Lucas also missed the boss of the “Pharaohs” in “American Graffitti³

a chopped Mercury. The 49er Mercury is likely to be one of the few cars of which there are more tuned than standard models today!


33rd place) 1971 Buick Riviera Boattail

Big cinema: Dennis Hopper, Nick Cage, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, LL Cool J they all drove this giant ship that designer Jerry Hirschberg had given a Corvette Stingray roof.


32nd place) Dodge Challenger 1970-74

After not appearing in the author's first Top 50 list, the Mopar has now jumped to 32nd place! A reader by the name of Kowalski had campaigned for the Dodge Muscles to be included!


31st place) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS-6

The Bread & Butter Muscle Car would hardly be worth mentioning at this point if it weren't for a version with the 450 hp LS-6 V8. The outstanding property of the 454 ci monster was to sap tires and tear up asphalt. Well, if that's not cool! Especially since rare versions are paid over $ 100,000 today.


30th place) 1956-57 Lincoln Continental

One of the most timelessly beautiful American automobiles ever. And at eye level with the European top class! The Continental, which was comparatively sparingly equipped with chrome, was even more expensive than a Rolls Royce at a price of 11,000 dollars. 2550 customers wanted to afford it! 1958 Ford stopped the Continental in favor of the Edsel!


29th place) 1962-66 / 68 AC Shelby Cobra

The undoubtedly loudest and most draughty combination of light British roadster and raw V8 Detroit Iron. In short: one of the most brutal car creations ever. This is especially true of the infernal 427, which joined the 289 ci version in 1964. In the same year, Carroll Shelby taught in international motorsport, among others in LeMans (class winner and 4th in the overall classification), also the European sports car manufacturers such as Ferrari the fear. Shelby built seven Dragon Snakes (only one 427 ci) for the drag strip, which held various records in the NHRA classes in 1962/63. Surprisingly "old" chassis and replicas with Ford Granada technology gnaw at the cult status


28th place) Ford F-Truck

With the F-Truck in 1948, Ford laid the foundation for an outstanding career that lasted over 11 model generations. Most recently it was America's best-selling car until it was pushed from the throne by a Honda Civic in 2008.


27th place) 1970 Pontiac GTO The Judge

With the Tempest GTO, Pontiac "invented" the muscle car genre in 1964. The crowning glory of the GTO family is the 70s Judge. Outwardly recognizable by the decorative stripes and the huge rear spoiler. An optional 360 hp 455 ci big block thundered under the hood. And so that this could be heard well, Pontiac offered a Vacuum Operated Exhaust option for $ 68. With a button, the driver could let the exhaust gases escape in a way that was less performance-devastating. After 233 orders, the loud clap was over again. Order from above!


26th place) 1961-64 Lincoln Continental

Right angles can be so beautiful! A simple but impressively timeless design that worked perfectly with both the convertible and the hardtop sedan (which wasn't actually one due to the narrow B-pillar).

Outstanding gimmick: suicide doors at the back!


25th place) 1955 Ford Crown Victoria Skyliner

Of the 626,250 copies of the Fairlane family, only a rare 1,999 copies left the factory as Skyliner. The big specialty of the two-door hardtop was the tinted Plexiglas roof over the front seats. Today - thermally insulated - glass roofs can be found in many brands and models.


24th place in 1966/67 Pontiac GTO

The model generation of the GTO built in 1966/67 surprised with a striking and elegant face! The GTO was the first car with a tachometer mounted outside the interior. Not practical but cool!


23rd place) Chrysler 300C

With "Hemi", standard top chop and wheel cutouts as if made for 22 "rims. There is nothing more to say except: The permanent quartz top pimp Snoop Dogg drives you too.


22nd place) 1957 Cadillac Eldorado

As in 1956, the Eldorado treated itself to an exclusive rear in its Coupe and Biarritz Convertible versions. 2,100 customers ordered the coupé, 1,800 the convertible. The four-door Eldorado Brougham is a huge rarity. 4 copies were made by him on a special order.


21st place) 1939/40 Ford Coupe

Another car that probably has more Hot Rod specimens around today than the originals. We love fat fenders!


20th place) 1996-2002 Dodge Viper GTS

Porsche killer, LeMans winner, racing feeling, ten-cylinder. Hot sills! Enough said!


19th place) 1957/58 Buick Caballero / Olds Fiesta

What didn't really work with the Chevy Nomad also went wrong with the Caballero and Fiesta. The combination of utility value and sporty luxury promising hardtop flair (frameless windows) was visually exciting, but only motivated a few buyers. Combos sought today!


18th place) 1948 Tucker Torpedo

Given the central steering headlights and air-cooled helicopter engine in the rear, who would seriously doubt that the four-door model designed by Alex Tremulis and financed by Preston Tucker wouldn't be cool? Especially since only 51 copies left the factory in Chicago.


17th place) Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The best Corvette ever! For $ 105,000 there are 640 supercharged horsepower and a top speed of 330 km / h!

The ZR1 needs 3.4 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph and the ZR1 completes the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds. Thanks to the new LS9 6.2 l small block, the ZR1 is 0.3 seconds faster in the sprint than the Z06.


16th place) 1951-52 Buick Estate Wagon

Was it the grim grill? In 1951 the noble station wagon with the real wood body found just 679 customers, in 1952 only 359. 1953 came to an end after another 670 units. The last real Woody came from Buick!


15th place) 1955-57 Chevy

The Tri-Chevys impressively demonstrated that “Volks-Wagen” can look fantastic, be powerful, but still be affordable for everyone. A rolling lesson, so to speak, for decision-makers in the auto industry. The Bel-Air is still cult today, but unfortunately no longer affordable in every version!


14th place) 1969 Dodge Daytona / 70 Plymouth Superbird

Just imagine: Coming into a general traffic control with one of these birds (Superbird 1,920 / Daytona 550 specimens) that look quite different at second glance and being able to greet the astonished officer with a friendly “Everything is entered, Mr. Wachtmeister!”. Is that cool?

Just imagine: to come into a general traffic control with one of these birds (Superbird 1,920 / Daytona 550 copies), which at second glance look quite different, and to be able to greet the astonished officer with a friendly "Everything is entered, Mr. Wachtmeister!" Is that cool?


13th place) 2005 Ford GT

Next to the Ford Mustang, the second brilliant revival of a Ford cult. The only question that arises is why Ford didn't try the “living legends” philosophy on a family sedan?


12th place) 1949 Cadillac Sedanette

Top chop from the factory? The 49er Sedanette Body Style, designed by Harley Earl and Julio Andrade, ennobled both the Cadillac and the Buick to milestones in US automotive engineering (Oldsmobile also used the body on the 98). Nowhere else was there a similarly exciting roofline in the luxury class. Cadillac spoke modestly of the Series 62 Fastback as "the world's most beautiful car". We would add: with the exception of the Buick. Maybe.


11th place) 1955-57 Chevrolet Nomad

The world's first sports combination! With coupé-like B-pillar, sensational rear glazing, a lot of Bel-Air atmosphere and only two doors. The customer's enthusiasm was limited, especially since the station wagon was more expensive than a Bel Air convertible.


10th place) Ford Mustang GT / Shelby

Cool cars don't have to be expensive! With the current Mustang, Ford has impressively proven that desirable sports cars do not have to be expensive. Even the powerful Shelby variants are inexpensive in terms of their performance. Now everyone is excited about the model change!


9th place) Dodge Ram SRT-10

Porsche and BMW-killing trucks with more than 500 hp definitely belong in the top ten! Anyone who has never had the opportunity to tame this Viper-powered monster with six-speed gearshift and rigid axle has actually missed something in his life!


8th place) 1932 Ford

Without "Deuce" nothing goes! No American graffiti. and no retro rod revival either. The 32 has eternal life! The 32 series Ford brought the V8 for the masses with the “Flathead” and thus the Ford gave the starting signal for the oldest car culture of all: hot rodding!


7th place) 2008 Dodge Challenger

Can a remake be any cooler than the original? It is the current challenger! Point!


6th place) 1967-69 Chevy Camaro / Pontiac Firebird

GM took three years to respond to the Ford Mustang, but then Chevrolet and Pontiac gave the pony a lot of steam. The F-Bodys of the first generation looked outrageously good as a coupe and convertible, and thanks to the optional 396 ci-V8 (Camaro) and 400 ci-V8 (Firebird) had enough power to make life difficult for not only the Mustang , but also the company's own Corvette. This applies in particular to the 425 hp 427 ci-Camaro ZL1. Of this over-Camaro, however, only 69 copies were built, most of them for motorsport.


5th place) 1970/71 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

The Hemi ’Cuda is one of the rarest, fastest and coolest cars Detroit has ever thought of. So rare because only 780 Hemi Cudas were produced (1970: 666/1971: 114). So fast that you'd better swallow the first two syllables of the “Barracuda” series model. And so cool, because the so-called "Shaker Hood" gave a glimpse of the jerking and twitching air inlet. Depending on the axle ratio, the ’Cuda shot to the 100 km / h mark in under 6 seconds. Vmax was over 240 km / h! Copywriters cheered: "(the Hemi’ Cuda was) our angriest Body wrapped around ol ’King Kong himself!"


4th place) 1963-65 Buick Riviera

The first generation Riviera is the most beautiful Buick of all. This applies in particular to the 65 model, which is equipped with "hidden headlights", as GM chief designer Bill Mitchel wanted it to be from the start. However: The base engine in this model year was not the 425 ci but a 401 ci with 325 hp. However, the muscle mode also made a “Gran Sport” option possible, but then the 425 ci that was available produced a hefty 360 hp. The stylistic influence - the name suggests it - is European, and the claim - please look again at the name - is quite luxurious and extravagant. "The Riviera by Buick" cost around $ 4,500. The most popular color: Arctic White (approx. 15%)


3rd place) 1949-51 Ford Woodie

Is there a more popular surf wagon than this Shoebox woodie? In 1949 Ford was able to sell 31,412 of these "wooden boxes". 1951 was unfortunately over after 29,017 copies. The fact that the last of the real Ford Woodies has almost disappeared from the offer columns is not due to the woodworms, because the supporting structure was already completely made of metal. The wood planking was only inlaid and has a purely fashionable background. By the way: "The insider doesn't write Woodie with a" y "!"


2nd place) 1967 Mustang / Shelby Mustang

No question about it, the original Mustang is hot! And the idea of ​​building a sports car on the inexpensive and uncomplicated basis of the Ford Falcon, for which enthusiastic people can camp out at the dealer's door, was also ingenious.The 67 model year brings with it all the fascinating talents of its predecessors, but added a few coals with regard to the new GM competition Camaro / Firebird - e.g. a 320 hp 390 ci-V8 and refined its design with a sporty Fastback that is in the Automotive history has never been modeled more excitingly again.

The notorious "bad finger" Carroll Shelby really spurred the Mustang. Less because of the 350 GT (306 PS / 289 ci) than because of the 500 GT, which catapulted itself from a standstill to 100 km / h in 6.2 s. A 428 ci Police Interceptor with 360 hp made it possible. In 1967 the Shelby Mustang, which visually clearly differed from its large-scale brothers, was only available as a coupé. In addition to the eye-catching additional headlights in the grill, the Shelby had another characteristic extra: a roll bar


1st place) 1963-67 Corvette

Here comes the “King of Cool!” What a moment it must have been when people on earth saw the new Sting Ray Corvette for the first time. It was a terrific projectile, a real dream car. Not to be compared with anything else in the automotive sector. Flat. Striking. Crouched. Impressive. With no visible headlights. In return, however, with lush wheel cutouts and muscularly shaped wheel arches and, in the case of the coupe, with a rear end that was simply too beautiful for just a single automobile. (GM division Buick borrowed the styling for the 71er Riviera. See 33rd place.) Countless air inlets dramatized the GRP body, even if many of them were more for optics than cooling. The same applies to the "faked" central wing locks that were on the long list of options. In terms of performance, however, the Corvette, with its independent suspension, was anything but pure show talent. At the peak of performance, most recently equipped with a 435 PS strong 427-ci turbo-jet V8 and sometimes flanked by nasty-loud side pipes, the Corvette made the entire European sports car elite generally look a bit poorer. Or should we say less brutal. The car enthusiastic youth got nervous sweaty hands in the face of such radical data in the daily car quartet. 7 liter displacement! Where Papa's Cadet or Beetle 1100 or 1300 cc had to be content. But even with one of the basic engines, a 327 ci-V8 with 250 or 300 hp, the second generation of the Corvette was and is one of the coolest creations of the automotive industry. Whether the personal choice falls on a coupe or convertible, Spitwindow or Big Block-Vette is almost irrelevant.

For performance fetishists, however, codes such as Z06 (360 PS-fuel injection), L71 (427 ci / 435 PS) or L88 (20 units with more than 550 PS instead of the specified 430) can increase the thrill on the Corvette many times over. Just listen very deeply to yourself: If time, space and money didn't play a role, which car would you most like to drive along your personal dream road? Or pull up in front of your local pub? Or drive off?