Another legend of Japanese car culture, and the more fascinating for it being spawned from the deeply unadventurous-sounding Toyota Corolla. But in its various forms, the AE86 has become a sought-after legend. In Europe, its toughness and rear-driven simplicity made it a popular privateer rally car, and Toyota actually sold 3,000 of them in the UK. But it was the starring role in the drifting-obsessed manga cartoon "Initial D" that really sealed its reputation.

In Gran Turismo it cost peanuts to buy, introducing a whole generation of gamers and drivers to the delights of simple, sideways action in a car that has come to define Japanese drift culture. If you can find an original one they’re an absolute delight to drive, too, the buzzy 1.6-liter twin-cam and live rear axle combining to make one of the most unexpected but entertaining drivers’ cars ever built. Don’t judge a book by the cover…