Car: Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
What makes it special: Chevrolet built special lightweight, high power Corvette race cars in 1963 specifically to defeat the Ford Cobra on the road racing circuit. Concerned about Ford and what they were doing with the Shelby Cobra, Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov's program included plans to build 125 Grand Sport Corvettes to make them eligible for international Grand Touring races. After GM executives learned of the secret project, the program was stopped. Of the five cars that were built, all have survived and are in private collections, and are among the most coveted and valuable Corvettes ever built, not so much for what they accomplished, but rather for what might have been.