30. Holden Ute
Not all cool, forbidden fruits come from Europe or Japan. Some come from “the land down under,” Australia. As you might know, like Americans, Australians adore big engines and rear-wheel-drive platforms. And thankfully, Australian Ford and Holden, GM’s brand, deliver such vehicles. But Australians have taken it further by introducing a few body styles Americans have long forgotten.
And that includes offerings such as light pickups based on rear-wheel-drive sedans. If you remember the Chevrolet El Camino or Ford Ranchero, you will recognize this idea. In Australia, it is called the Ute, a popular vehicle for work and recreational purposes. However, the most interesting model Holden offers is the crazy SSV Ute. It comes with a GM 6.3-liter LS3 engine bringing a whopping 412 HP to the rear wheels. Just think of it as the El Camino SS for the 21st century.