8. Lotus Elite

Year: 1958
Complex Says: Colin Chapman, Lotus' legendary founder, once said, "simplify, and then add lightness." He also said, "we wouldn't put a washer underneath the head of a bolt; why do you want to take the washer around the track?" While this does make for wonderfully tossable cars, Lotus needed to be more careful not to remove major structural elements. The Elite's fiberglass body was so thin that the suspension mounts would eventually just pop right out the top of the car. A few washers would have helped.