15. FORD SHELBY MUSTANG
Carroll Shelby was at the peak of his fame in 1967. Shelby American had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, something no American racing team had done before. The Shelby Cobra (just then finishing production) had won the FIA sports-car world championship and had captured the imagination of a generation. Although the Shelby Mustang debuted in 1965 and is still with us today, the 1967 Shelby GT500 is our pick for the coolest Stang of them all. It came with wide Goodyears and a 428 Ford engine “bigger than king size,” as Road & Track put it. Nothing on the road drew as much attention, especially from the cops. Get yours for about $137K. Don’t think about the miles per gallon. Gulp.
14. MG TC
Britain’s MG was “the sports car America loved first.” When it arrived after the war, the right-drive-only TC was a charming anachronism on spindly wire wheels. Driving a TC today (model years 1946–1949) is an adventure. Slow at highway speeds, the roadster thrives on winding lanes with its crisp shifter and throaty exhaust. You’ll drop $37K for one in good condition.
13. FERRARI 275 GTB/4
A sleek shark, the Pininfarina-designed GTB/4’s pointed nose, tight cabin and impudent tail hint at its 160 mph capability. Its V12 howls like a demented coyote when you rev to the 7,800 rpm redline. This race car for the road was state-of-the-art in the 1960s. A GTB is still capable of showing up modern sports cars. A 1967–1968 example runs $1.3 million and climbing.
12. JAGUAR XK120
Jaguar dazzled postwar sports-car buyers with the world’s fastest production car in an era when Britons were still digging out from World War II rubble (1949–1954). Although its fadeaway fenders aped a 1940 BMW roadster design, Jag’s three-liter six put out 180 horsepower. Clark Gable bought one of the first XKs in California. Phil Hill (the only American-born driver to win the Formula One title) started his career in an XK. The first 200 alloy cars go for $310K today. Steel roadsters are $130K, and they’ll keep going up.
11. LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH
The word COUNTACH is an Italian expression of shock used upon seeing a beautiful woman. A pioneering icon of blistering speed, the mid-engined machine was made from 1974 to1990. Its cockpit sat near the front axle, and the doors scissored open like a woman with her legs in the air. We like the original 1974 LP400 with a four-liter V12. Expect to drop $477K.