14: 1961 Mercury Comet
Toyota and Honda get the credit for bringing compact cars to the masses, but it was the domestic automakers who tried it during the early ’60s. The compact cars were both fun to drive and more nimble than the larger models. Coupled with the factory V8 engines you had fun driving a car that was cheap to buy and fix up.
The 1961 Mercury Comet had a lot of potential in this regard, but the car just fell flat in too many other areas. The styling was ho-hum compared to GM offerings that were on the market. Still, the Comet managed to sell in decent numbers although fans don’t appreciate the car today.