52. Jaguar XK120 1948–1954 United Kingdom
The Jaguar XK120 was the first sports car built by automaker Jaguar since 1940, when they had ceased production of the SS100. It was available as a coupe or a roadster. The car was a dominant victor on the race tracks, winning in Europe and the United States. The coupe became the first import to win a NASCAR race in 1954 when Al Keller won at Linden Airport, in New Jersey. In 1949, the Observer’s Book on Automobiles said that at 132mph, the XK120 was the fastest production car in the world. It was fast, it was sexy, and it was classy. In 1954 the car would be succeeded by the XK140, offering a more spacious interior and improved handling and steering, but it was the XK120 which pioneered the design and was a successful race/rally car.