Car: Studebaker GT Hawk
What makes it special: For 1963, the Avanti "Jet Thrust" R-series V8 engines could be ordered for the whole Studebaker line, like the naturally aspirated 240 bhp R1, the supercharged 289 bhp R2, and the limited-production, supercharged 335 bhp, 304.5 R3 V8.
What made it famous: The GT Hawk was fairly light for an American car of its class and era, and despite the fact that Studebaker's V8 was a heavy engine for its size, the Hawk was a car with good handling and strong straight-line performance.
Why I would want one: It's different. It may take some getting used to visually, but it's "Mercedes style grill" and Thunderbird inspired roofline makes it stand out at a car show. Plus, it's powerplant choices could be mated up to a 3-speed manual, overdrive, 4-speed or Flight-O-Matic automatic transmission.
Fun fact: Today, the Studebaker GT Hawk is recognized as a milestone car by the Milestone Car Society, and is considered a collectable.