20. AMC Gremlin
AMC introduced the Gremlin on April 1, 1970, and it looked like an April fool’s joke. The competitors laughed at its compact dimensions, funny rear end, and diminutive engines. But soon, AMC was the one smiling all the way to the bank. The Gremlin proved to be a sales success and the first American subcompact car.
When they presented the car, it received mixed reviews but soon, it became quite popular, especially with younger audiences. In fact, in the decade of platform shoes, The Eagles, and shag carpets, the Gremlin became one of the symbols of the generation. But most of all, it was an influential model that inspired all other American cars that soon followed.