5. Aston Martin DB5
Another big name attached to this one: Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles bought this car just a few weeks after making it big on Johnny Carson’s Late Night – their breakout introduction to U.S. audiences.
The leather inside the original car was delicately etched and embossed with musical notes by the factory in his honor, while the DB5 also included a record player for tunes on the move.
The Aston’s power was far ahead of the Porsche above, but the car was also much heavier. A 4.0-liter, straight-six produced 282 horsepower for a sprint time of about 7.5 seconds to 60 mph before topping out at 143 mph.
6. Toyota 2000GT
The origin of small-volume car-making from Toyota, who is forever known for absolutely the opposite: mass production of an efficiency the world still tries to emulate.
The 2000GT was a first shot at a front-mid-engined GT car from Japan, completed partly in an effort to showcase what good assembly and detail standards the company had for its mainstream models.
One of the coolest details (among many) for the 2000GT is that Sean Connery was scheduled to drive it upon arrival in Japan during You Only Live Twice.
However, Mr. Connery is a very tall man above 6-feet and simply did not fit in the hard-top 2000GT.
Showing ruthless ingenuity, Toyota retrieved the car, cut the roof off seamlessly, and made a convertible version with enough headroom for Sean Connery. It does not get much more authentic 1960s than that.
The 2000GT ran a 2.0-liter and then a 2.3-liter, in-line-six that delivered 150 horsepower. Sprint pace is pretty relaxed, with an estimated 12 seconds needed to hit 60 mph. With a special set of gear ratios through the five-speed manual transmission, the 2000GT had a top speed of 135 mph.
It was also built in a three-speed automatic, which is pretty impressive when considering how few were ever made.