There was certainly only one car I could put up today:
1955 Ford Thunderbird.
The T-bird was Ford's response to the Corvette, a small, light two-seater to combat the influx of European cars imported when US soldiers returned from Europe after WWII. It took Ford a couple years to accelerate development of their own little MG-fighter, but an icon was born.
The T-bird's evolution (some would say devolution) was amazing. For three years it stayed true to concept, a two-seater sports car. In 1958 Ford gave it a back seat, giving rise to the "Big Bird" designation. In the 1960s, with the Mustang now ruling as Ford's fast "pony" car, the T-bird starting bloating, to the 1970s when it achieved true land yacht status and shared the Lincoln Mark IV platform. It was downsized in the 1980s, but never regained the luster it once had.
In 2005, Ford finally "took the T-bird away" for good, ending 50 years of the thunderchicken...
That is all.