40. 1999 Pagani Zonda
Just five of these Italian dynamos were produced 20 years ago and introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. A 366-cubic inch Mercedes-Benz V-12 engine allows it to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 4 seconds flat, and up to 100 miles per hour in 9.2 seconds. Creator Horacio Pagani formerly worked for Lamborghini as head of its composites department, and worked on this first model for seven years before its Geneva debut. Pagani had planned to name it after his good friend and five-time Formula One winner Juan Manuel Fangio, but the latter passed away in 1995.
39. 1948 Jaguar XK120
It might be hard to believe, but Jaguar actually shied away from producing sports cars from 1940-1948 – the events of the Second World War didn’t exactly invite a big market for sports cars in England and war-ravaged Western Europe. It debuted at the 1948 London Motor Show as a show car for the new Jaguar XK engine, but caused such a stir that Jaguar founder William Lyons ordered it into production. The very first one to roll off the production line in 1949 was delivered to American acting legend Clark Gable.