1. Chevrolet Corvair Monza
Today, the Corvair is most known as the subject of Ralph Nader's book, Unsafe at Any Speed, wherein he argues that many people died as a result of GM cutting corners with the car's suspension. In truth, however, the suspension setup was fundamentally the same as contemporary Porsches and Mercedes, and statistically, the car wasn't any more dangerous than other vehicles. It had an advanced air-cooled flat six engine that was mounted in the rear. It was basically GM's version of a Porsche for normal people, but thanks to Nader's controversy, the car died, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was born.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. The first time he "drove" a car, he was seven, and on his dad's lap in his 1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. Follow him to adulthood on Twitter.