SCM’s editors have put together a list of the 50 cars we think are the most influential ever built. These are the cars that changed the world in one way or another, either through what they accomplished or what they represented.
Last week we listed out our first 25; this week, we present our final 25.
Now, since we only allowed 50 spaces on this list, we’ve almost certainly left things out. Think we’ve overlooked something important? Let us know in the comments below. And after all our cars are listed out next week, we’ll have you, our readers, vote on which one single car you think is the most influential of all time.
These valuations all come from our Pocket Price Guide. The median (the middle value in a series of values arranged from smallest to largest) represents the midpoint of the market, looking at cars sold in the past two years.
Here is the second group, again in no particular order:
|26. 1989-97 Mazda Miata
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $5,000
An affordable, capable two-seater with remarkable reliability. Enthusiasts initially gushed over the car’s balance, and that praise hasn’t waned throughout four generations.
|27. 1968-70 Plymouth Road Runner
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $27,800
The consummate base-model muscle car. The Road Runner skimped on options but more than made up for it under the hood, with available 383, 440, and 426 Hemi engines.
|28. 1968-73 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Current SCM valuation: Median, $770,000
The Daytona was Ferrari’s first modern grand touring berlinetta, with great looks, an addictive V12 exhaust note, and a huge 173 mph top speed. A benchmark collector’s Ferrari.
|29. 1969-74 Ferrari 246 GT Dino
Current SCM valuation: Median, $363,000
The Dino featured a mid-mounted V6 — a first for Ferrari in what would become a long line of mid-engine road cars. It provided superior driving characteristics not seen in the front-engine V12 cars that preceded it.
|30. 1968-76 BMW 2002
Current SCM valuation: Median, $13,300 (non tii and Turbos)
Strong horsepower numbers and a solid chassis allowed the 2002 to punch above its weight in the straights and around corners. A cornerstone in BMW history and the start of a line of fantastic driver’s cars.
|31. 1968-73 Datsun 510
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $8,600
The 510 helped pave the way for Nissan’s (initially Datsun in the U.S.) commercial success outside of Japan. Mechanically simple and eminently upgradable, the 510 reached its pinnacle of notoriety with SCCA Trans Am 2.5 championships in 1971 and ’72.
|32. 1955-75 Citroën DS
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $38,723
Futuristic and aerodynamic styling set the DS apart from every other in 1955. The real innovations were underneath the body, featuring one of the first production disc-brake setups and a hydraulic, self-leveling suspension tied to the clutch and transmission.
|33. 1968-70 Dodge Charger
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $59,950
Redesigned with a fuselage body for 1968, the Charger was a near instant icon. It’s been a television and movie staple for years, which keeps the muscle fire burning in a new generation of gearheads.
|34. 1929-37 Duesenberg Model J
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $1,333,750
Born and bred from racing, Duesenberg made the world’s most powerful road cars of the era. Luxurious and stylish, Duesies were the American benchmark of what a car could be.
|35. 1969-76 Triumph TR6
Current SCM valuation: Median, $14,400
The TR6 switched it up a little by upping both comfort and performance to the basic British roadster. With a silky smooth six cylinder and a softer ride, it was a touring car dream and one of the last classic-looking British sports cars.
|36. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $102,000
With 450 legit horses from a solid-cammed rectangle-port LS6, an available Rock Crusher M22, and some of GM’s best styling of the era, the LS6 is arguably the high point of GM muscle — and perhaps muscle in general.
|37. 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $199,800
The Chrysler E-body was late to the muscle car scene, but it more than made up for it in icon status with the Hemi ’Cuda. Low production, big power, and bright colors fuel its market strength.
|38. 1970-73 Datsun 240Z
Current SCM valuation: Median, $16,654
The 240Z brought style and performance to the masses. It had driving experience similar to European cars of the time and a price that stayed true to its Japanese roots.
|39. 1966-72 Lamborghini Miura
Current SCM valuation: Median, $1,039,500
Arguably the world’s first supercar, the Miura had speed, handling, and style all in one small V12-powered car. Extravagant, and for no other reason than to be extravagant.
|40. 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $34,650 (replica)
Widely regarded as the first automobile, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen proved the idea of horseless carriages could be a viable transportation option.
|41. 1972-79 Honda CVCC
Current SCM valuation: Median, $4,600
An economy car for the new age, the CVCC brought fuel economy, a small size, and usability not previously seen. Although equipped with only the bare necessities, it has everything needed for day-to-day driving.
|42. 1980-82 Ferrari 308 GTSi
Current SCM valuation: Median, $57,400
With the addition of electronic fuel injection, the 308 GTSi left behind the days of rough idling and plug fouling. It was the start of Ferrari engineering electronics into their cars, which vastly changed reliability and performance for the better.
|43. 1985-91 Ferrari Testarossa
Current SCM valuation: Median, $136,900
One of the most recognizable Ferrari models ever produced, the Testarossa was a great performer and is a nex-gen fan favorite. Its body highlighted the start of a more radical design period for Ferrari, stretching into today.
|44. 1986-91 BMW M3
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $57,800
The E30 M3 ushered in a new era of BMW and reminded us that they had more to offer than cushy sedans. It has a high-revving engine, exemplary weight distribution, and steering feel that even the most expensive cars of the time were hard pressed to duplicate.
|45. 1986-88 Porsche 959
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $1,165,000
The 959 introduced technological advancements previously unseen in the automotive world: Multiple suspension heights, multiple dampening settings, and a revolutionary electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system.
|46. 1988-91 Ferrari F40
Current SCM valuation: Median, $1,251,300
The F40 featured outrageous styling, twin turbos, and a barely there interior. Yet in all that madness, it was a beautiful car that could break 200 miles per hour.
|47. 1974-89 Lamborghini Countach
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $373,287
A poster car favorite for the next generation of car people, the Countach featured a wedge shape, air inlets placed wherever a body panel allowed, and later, an anything but subtle wing. A benchmark for ’80s exotic car style.
|48. 1992-98 Toyota Supra Turbo
Current SCM Valuation: Median, $23,500
The last generation Supra brought Toyota performance to new heights. Horsepower peaked at 320 with the twin-turbo 2JZ engine, but braking (70–0 mph in 149 ft) and handling (.98g on skidpad) were equally impressive.
|49. 1992-99 McLaren F1
Current SCM valuation: Median, $9,515,000
Holding the record for the world’s fastest production car for a decade, the F1 was a true drivers car. With a central driving position and carbon fiber chassis, it is still a benchmark for supercars today.
|50. 2002-04 Ferrari Enzo
Current SCM valuation: Median, $1,802,200
Bringing Ferrari hypercars into the 21st century, the Enzo had a state of the art F1 transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, and a screaming, high-horsepower V12. The Enzo introduced a brand new generation to Ferrari.