The British television series "Top Gear" is a favorite among auto enthusiasts, but fans of the show may have noticed that many of the vehicles featured are from overseas. American automakers have unfortunately garnered a reputation for poor quality in recent years, and while the latest models enjoyed critical praise, there's still a perception that cars from the U.S. leave something to be desired.
Unlike his co-hosts, Top Gear host Richard Hammond has an affinity for American vehicles. The television personality recently sat down with GQ to discuss his favorite all-time American cars - and a few modern models made the list.
Approximately half the list were classics - the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, 1968 Ford Mustang GT and 1969 Dodge Charger are all models that even the most staunch anti-American auto fans have to give the states credit for. Some recent models that Hammond favors include the 2012 Jeep Wrangler, the new Corvette ZR1, and the Fisker Karma - a fully-electric sports car that has been seen in the possession of celebrities like Justin Bieber and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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