Well, I think that the 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO changed automotive history. Heck, it's probably not politically correct to even refer to the car. But driving my first one back in Fall 1963 sure made a lasting impression. It was a good thing that hi-test was relatively inexpensive and plentiful, and I probably didn't think much about what was coming out of the exhaust pipes.
That ticking noise you hear at 140 mph isn't the engine, it's your heart.