Its really interesting to see what was big when it came out, and how it's doing now.
I was going though some hometown hot rodding entries when I came across a 1970 Ford Torino. I read the story attached to the photos where the owner mentioned it was Motor Trends' car-of-the-year. It wasn't really that surprising, seems like a good car, and the Fairlane/Torino role reversal definitely brought it some attention. I was curious to see what cars were chosen for other years. Our magazine doesn't focus on the newest thing to happen in passenger cars from the factory, so it would help show me cars from a different prospective. I was surprised however, to see that in 1993, the Ford Probe GT was chosen. I've owned this car and was truly impressed with it while those who've never driven one would make fun of me. Sounds like I win!Here is a posting of the winners since 1951, note that import cars only been popular in the recent years, c'mon Detroit! step it up! 2003 Infiniti G35 2002 Ford Thunderbird 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2000 Lincoln LS 1999 Chrysler 300M 1998 Chevrolet Corvette 1997 Chevrolet Malibu 1996 Dodge Caravan 1995 Chrysler Cirrus 1994 Ford Mustang 1993 Ford Probe GT 1992 Cadillac Seville Touring Sedan 1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic LTZ 1990 Lincoln Town Car 1989 Ford Thunderbird SC 1988 Pontiac Grand Prix 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 1986 Ford Taurus LX 1985 Volkswagen GTI (eligible due to it being built in VW's now-defunct Pennsylvania plant) 1984 Chevrolet Corvette 1983 AMC / Renault Alliance 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 1981 Chrysler K Cars, Dodge Aries / Plymouth Reliant 1980 Chevrolet Citation 1979 Buick Riviera S 1978 Chrysler, Dodge Omni / Plymouth Horizon 1977 Chevrolet Caprice 1976 Chrysler, Dodge Aspen / Plymouth Volare 1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 1974 Ford Mustang II 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1972 Citroën SM (An imported vehicle that was selected overall "Car of the Year") 1971 Chevrolet Vega 1970 Ford Torino 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 1968 Pontiac GTO 1967 Mercury Cougar 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado 1965 Pontiac Motor Division 1964 Ford Motor Company (Not for the Mustang) 1963 American MotorsRambler 1962 Buick Special 1961 Pontiac Tempest 1960 Chevrolet Corvair 1959 Pontiac Motor Division 1958 Ford Thunderbird 1957 Chrysler Corporation (all makes:Plymouth , Dodge, DeSoto , Chrysler , & Imperial ). 1956 Ford Motor Company 1955 Chevrolet Motor Division 1954 No award 1953 No award 1952 Cadillac Motor Division 1951 Chrysler Corporation 1950 No award 1949 Cadillac Motor Division