3. 1964 Ford Mustang
One of the most iconic American muscle cars, the Ford Mustang created the “pony car” class of American automobiles. The Mustang inspired competitors like the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, and the Dodge Challenger. The two-seat sports car design usually was abandoned when designing the Mustang, in part due to the low sales of the Thunderbird. A four-seat design was used to broaden appeal, with plenty of room for the front bucket seats, and a rear bench with less space than was common at the time. To gain publicity for the vehicle, a Mustang was used in the James Bond film Goldfinger. The original price for the Mustang was $2,368. After only three months on the market, the original sales projection of 100,000 units was surpassed and Ford knew they had a hit on their hands.