6. 1955 - C1 Corvette V8
It’s hard to imagine a Corvette without a snarling V8 under the hood and we have the 1955 Corvette C1 to thank for that. That model year introduced the world to the V8 ‘Vette, and ever since then there hasn’t been anything less potent available in the Corvette.
Back then, the V8 made 195 hp and was available with a three-speed manual transmission. Only 700 1955 models were made, making it a rare find in the classic car world.