4. Sunbeam Lotus
Sadly, this is an interesting, yet forgotten car. The Chrysler Europe subsidiary called Talbot Sunbeam built the Lotus and introduced it in 1977. The Sunbeam was a compact, modern-looking hatchback they intended to compete with the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Escort. It had rear-wheel drive and a low weight, which made it perfect for modification.
So, in 1979, Sunbeam approached the famed sports and racing car manufacturer, Lotus, with the proposition of building a hot hatch race car. They soon presented the Sunbeam Lotus, which was a fast car for the day. It had a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine with 152 HP, a specially tuned suspension and a ZF close-ratio manual gearbox. With rear-wheel drive and Lotus-tuned driving dynamics, this car was a capable driving machine that won the World Rally Championship in 1981.