As the world has grown more interconnected many things have lost their unique cultural character. Let’s admit it, the burger you buy at a McDonald’s in Moscow isn’t much different from the one you’ll get in Tokyo and that’s about the same as one bought in Milford, Ohio, or Milford, Connecticut for that matter.
But with cars, it’s different. The distinctly American vehicle is something that’s no other country has quite been able to replicate. Sure, there are vehicles that were designed in the U.S.without that spirit — just look to the ultimately generic Chevy Malibu or Ford Focus. But take the keys to a Corvette, Mustang, Challenger; or a pickup like the Silverado or F-150, and it becomes clear that the United States still plays by its own set of automotive rules.
With that in mind, here are the cars and trucks that set the standards to which all real American cars and trucks aspire — one dozen machines that shaped American automotive culture forever.