Other American Sports Car Manufacturers

Learn about other American sports car manufacturers and get specs and pictures of your favorite models, including the Kurtis, the AMX, the Shelby and Pontiac models.


Learn More

How the 2013 SRT Viper Works

With a fire-breathing V-10 engine under its hood, the 2013 SRT Viper comes across like Superman in a world of 4-cylinder Clark Kents.

How the Dodge Viper Works

Dodge's first supercar was an immediate hit. The Viper came equipped with a 400 hp V-10 engine with a top speed of 163 mph, all-independent suspension, and a 6-speed manual transmission. Find out more about this American supercar, the Dodge Viper.

History of the Dodge Viper

A project to create a reborn Cobra resulted in a successful American supercar. The Dodge Viper went from an auto-show concept to dealership showrooms in only three years. Find out how a small team from Chrysler created this incredible sports car.

1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Other General Motors vehicles had downsized in the late 1970s, and now it was Firebird's turn, shrinking to a 101-inch wheelbase and losing more than eight inches in overall length. Learn more about the 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

1957 Devin SS

The 1957 Devin SS had a sporty look and a fast engine, in keeping with designer Bill Devin's background as a car racer. It received mixed reviews but drivers and enthusiasts loved it. Learn more about the Devin SS.

1959 Bocar XP-5

The 1959 Bocar XP-5 was created to be the fastest and safest sports car in the world. The XP-5's acceleration would qualify for a near-supercar ranking even today. Learn more about this incredible sports car.

1953 Woodill Wildfire

The 1953 Woodill Wildfire was Robert Woodill's failed attempt to create an affordable sports car like Jaguar's. Woodill wasn't the only one to fail at producing a new novel car. Read more about this limited production fiberglass sports car.

1949-1954 Allard J2 and J2-X

The Allards most remembered by racing fans, especially American racing spectators, were the J2 and J2-X. Who can forget those bellowing monsters churning out of a turn with tapered rear and uplifted prow? Check out the 1949-1954 Allard J2 and J2-X.

1953 Triumph TR2 Roadster

A humble start is never an absolute impediment to making great cars. Automotive history is rich with admired vehicles made with ingenious use of existing parts and stretching of scarce funds. Read about one example, the 1953 Triumph TR2 Roadster.

1949-1952 Crosley Hotshot and Super Sports

The 1949-1952 Crosley Hotshot and Super Sports were America's only true postwar sports cars before the Corvette. The company had no factory support, but a handful of private owners ensured the quality of the vehicle. Learn about these collectible autos.

1965-1967 Buick Gran Sport

The 1965-1967 Buick Gran Sport was a Skylark-based performance option that became available mid-1965. Buick renamed their 401 engine to the 400 which turned out to be a perfect fit for the A-body Skylark. Find out how the Buick Gran Sport stacked up.

Pontiac Fiero S/E and GT

Originally planned as a commuter car, the Pontiac Fiero earned a place among sports cars of the '80s. The Fiero was Pontiac's first and only mid-engine two-seater. Learn more about Pontiac sports cars.


The self-titled Nash-Healey endured over many years of production but never quite caught on. It led to the creation of a more affordable, Austin-powered sports car. Learn more about Nash-Healey sports cars.

Crosley Hot Shot and Super Sports

The Crosley Hot Shot and Super Sports were affordable and full of performance. Both cars were as tiny and spartan as Crosley's passenger cars, but lighter and faster. Discover more info and photos of Crosley’s postwar sports cars.

Cunningham C-3 Continental

The Cunningham C-3 Continental took cues from both sides of the Atlantic with Italian style and an American engine. It was named one of the world’s 10 best automobile designs. Learn about the C-3 with photos.

Daimler SP 250

The Daimler SP250 was fast and selected by several British police departments for pursuit duty. But bodyflex and a poor suspension system compromised the handling. Find out more about the Daimler SP250.


Frank Kurtis made some of the earliest high-performance cars such as the well-received Sport a slab-sided two-seat convertible. Learn about Kurtis sport cars at HowStuffWorks.


The Kaiser-Darrin was the brainchild of seasoned designer "Dutch" Darrin. Today they’re among more than 300 surviving Darrins. Learn more about this early sports car and its mixed reception.

Shelby Sports Cars

The Shelby Cobra sports cars are icons of 1960's auto design and engineering. Carroll Shelby combined a British car body with a powerful American engine. Learn about the Shelby Cobra models including their specs and photos.

American Motors AMX

The American Motors AMX was built to contrast AMC economy sedans. The AMX generated lots of excitement but not many sales, something AMC had halfway expected. Learn about the exciting features of the AMX and how it was made.