16. Pontiac Fiero
The story of the Fiero is one of the greatest “what if?” tales of American cars. In fact, this compact sports car caused a big sensation when Pontiac presented it in the early ‘80s. Everybody expected another GTO from Pontiac, yet they got a small sports car that was like something the Italians would build.
That was a bold move for Pontiac to introduce a compact rear-wheel-drive car with the engine positioned in the center of the car. On top of that, they paired it up with a five-speed manual transaxle gearbox. By the standards of the day, this was the most advanced American production model.