Z/28, ZL1, Yenko, Baldwin Motion, Big Red – those are just a few of the iterations that were unleashed upton the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. That should make it pretty clear why it’s number one on our list. But it wasn’t just because it was so expansive; the 1969 Camaro was the start of a big future for Chevrolet. Coming off two successful years, 1967 and 1968, Chevrolet planned to only modify the 1969 Camaro slightly. The fascia became more aggressive, as did the sloped rear – all the elements combined transformed the Camaro from a sporty coupe into one seriously badass muscle car.

Alongside an updated design, the Camaro received optional disc brakes, and four-piston calipers that were used to win the SCCA Trans-Am series that same year. Today, most fans refer to the 1969 Camaro as the best one yet, and trying to snag one could set you back – a rare 1969 COPO Camaro like the one pictured here is estimated to cost somewhere near $135,000 today.