American cars: 10 of the best

22 Jul, 2016 7:00pm Sam Naylor

American cars are some of the most iconic vehicles ever made. Our Top 10 lists our favourites

The culture around American cars is so diverse, it means totally different things to different people. For many, it’s all about the mighty American Muscle Cars with their monster V8s and pumped-up styling. Other classic American car buffs love the chrome and fins of the rockin’ and rollin’ 1950s. Then there’s the Al Capone gangster period, and of course hot-rod and drag racing culture to consider too.

Some people will think of icons from closer to the dawn of motoring, such as the instantly recognisable Model T Ford. Others will immediately think of the geeky cool of the modern day electric Tesla Model S.

Motorsport has always been central to the American car dream, through machines like the Shelby Cobra and Chevrolet Corvette, not to mention the more everyday vehicles that are pressed into service in the spectacular NASCAR series.

On the road here in the UK though, it's often the outlandish scale and style of more everyday road cars that appeals, as well as the burble of a meaty V8 engine. Classic American cars for sale reflect interest in every genre. Well-known classic models like Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros and Dodge Challengers attract ever higher prices, while all manner of old American cars can be found in the classifieds. Newer ones too, thanks to the recent trend of US manufacturers to ‘globalise’ their products and sell them here. Some, like Jeep, have been around in the UK for years, but Chevrolet is a relatively recent arrival, and Tesla is the newest kid on the block. You can buy a Corvette 'officially', and even Ford’s new Mustang is finally available here in right hand drive.

So for lovers of all American car brands, and of the new and old American cars they have created, this is our guide to 10 of our favourites.

Click on the links below to explore our Top 10 American Cars, and add your own thoughts in the comments...

  1. 1. Mustang
  2. 2. Corvette
  3. 3. Cadillac Eldorado
  4. 4. Ford Model T
  5. 5. Jeep
  6. 6. Tesla Model S
  7. 7. Oldsmobile Curved Dash
  8. 8. Cadillac Type 53
  9. 9. Ford GT40
  10. 10. Duesenberg Model J