51. Dodge Dakota Shelby
The Dakota was a compact pickup truck that was dependable, tough-looking, and came with a wide arrange of engines and trim levels. But Dodge wanted more, so they decided to build a performance version. They tapped the legendary Carroll Shelby, who was working with Chrysler at the moment, to create it (via Mopar Insiders).
Shelby took a regular production Dakota and installed a 5.2-liter V8 engine with 175 HP. Although power output was relatively small, the Dakota was light and had lots of torque. That meant this compact truck had a convincing performance. Shelby also dressed up the Dakota with a special paint job and trim.