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Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

10 FOR 10: Our ten most popular feature car stories from the last decade

Bob Hernandez
Dec 28, 2019

The end of 2019 marks the conclusion of the 2010s, which for us closes out another decade of capturing and bringing you, faithful Super Street Online visitor, the finest tuner machines on the planet. We have literally hundreds (thousands?) of feature car writeups and photo sets from the past 23 years on our servers, and hitting a mile marker like the end of a decade always gets us wondering: which articles did best? Well, the answers surprised the heck out of us.

Turns out, you have an appetite for the unusual. In looking back over website traffic patterns over the past 10 years, it's clear you have a thing for car builders who aren't afraid to let their freak flag fly. Data shows our top feature cars were a mix of rare and, in some cases, wild mashups, even a few that can only be described as "skeletal." Most of these are not your run-of-the-mill project cars, which is why a lot of this didn't necessarily make sense to us at first; guess you're more curious than stereotypical - go figure. Check out who made the cut below.

2019 TOYOTA COROLLA XSE - RED LIGHT SPECIAL

Corolla XSE Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

We were told we "optimized this story correctly," which is why it went viral the way it did when it dropped just a year ago in late 2018, but we have to believe there was more at play than just plugging in the right keywords. For one, Toyota has given us arguably the best-looking Corolla hatchback since the 1980s, providing our SEMA Show project car a good leaping-off point. With 10 steps that included, among others, Volk Racing TE37SAGA rims and the very first Auto Tuned carbon front lip for the platform, we set out to make the Corolla cool again, and judging by your response it looks like we were on the right track.

SPEED WARHOUSE '91 NISSAN 240SX - THE DEATHKART

Speed Warhouse 240SX profile Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

Mike Perez is a wild man. We follow the owner and builder of the 1JZ-powered S13 "DeathKart" on Instagram, and that guy exemplifies full tilt - like his Mad Max-inspired postapocalyptic 240SX. The body-less hooning machine on Super Swamper off-road tires lives at the extreme end of the spectrum, but if you think it's the only naked vehicle on this list, guess again

XTEGRA & M-EXO-5 - INSIDE OUT

KROWRX Xtegra M EXO 5 Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

Krowrx in Alabama took a pair of beloved compact platforms - an Acura Integra and Mazda MX-5 Miata - and turned them inside out sort of. We used the term "exoskeleton cars" to describe the rolling roll-cages, but the cleaned-up buggies may defy characterization - and the Internet was triggered by them, which is partly why this post got so many hits.

1973 DATSUN 240Z - RESTORATION REFINED

JDM Legends 240Z rolling Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

Of all the cars on this list, this JDM Legends restomod makes the most sense to us. Those who know the Utah-based importer and shop know its rep for high-caliber builds, and this S30 was simply on another level - not just refurbished perfectly, but also modified properly.

1998 FERRARI F355 BERLINETTA - COMING OF AGE

F355 Berlinetta Work Meister S1R Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

The only Euro to break into the Top 10 is a mighty good one, and owner Ryan Dandurand gets props for taking a Japanese approach to restoring the mid-engine Italian supercar, right down to the Work Meister S1R rollers at the corners. If we ever owned a red 'Rari, it might look a little like Ryan's.

1946 WILLYS JEEP (CJ-2A) - THRILLA FROM MANILA

Willys Jeep Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

How about a post-World War II era off-roader with a turbo Nissan SR20 from the 1990s? Sure, we got that! Joel Tan's outside-the-box Jeep took Southern California by storm not long ago, infused with Japanese parts and Filipino flavor.

1998 HONDA CR-V - PUTTING THE "FUN" BACK INTO "FUNCTIONAL"

CR V fmic Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

When most think "off road" the CR-V likely doesn't come to mind, but Tony Newton's Honda compact crossover aims to change perceptions. With lift spacers and all-terrain tires, a built engine and some boost, plus an assortment of off road-ready mods, this thing seems legit equipped for almost anything that comes along.

1987 MITSUBISHI STARION - A STAR IS BORN

Starion Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

On some level we had no idea you loved Mitsubishi's boxy '80s hatchback as much as you do, but Mikie Sorrell's Starion gives people plenty of reasons to reconsider the RWD platform. And with a heart transplant from a Toyota 1JZ that pushes out north of 400hp to the wheels, we can see why so many were curious about this one-of-a-kind creation.

1993 ACURA NSX - TROUBLEMAKER

NSX Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

We had five entries on this list with engine swaps, and this one was arguably the most controversial: an NSX with a K-Series mill. As we learned from reaction to this story, a lot of Honda dudes believe the first-gen. NSX's V6 mill is sacred, not to be tampered with, but Brandon Wilbur deliberately said eff that and dropped in a smaller displacing inline-4 that makes more power and, probably most importantly, has lots more potential than the stock power plant.

2010 NISSAN GT-R / 1970 FORD MUSTANG - GHOSTFACE MUZILLA

Mustang GT R Photo 41/41   |   Top Feature Cars of the 2010s

The Muzilla answers the question that maybe no one ever asked: what happens if you skin a Nissan R35 GT-R like a first-gen. Mustang? Jerry Fan's AWD, 525hp classic pony car may seem like a little overkill, but we think it bridges a lot of different kinds of car love in a very unique way.

By Bob Hernandez
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