Once in a blue moon there comes a car that stops us in our tracks, exerting lasting change on the car industry and making other manufacturers jealous.

Such special cars don’t come around too often, but history is dotted with certain debuts that have pushed the game on through new technology, smart engines, wild design or even creating a whole new segment.

Picking just 15 wasn't easy, but rest assured, this crew (mentioned in no particular order) truly flipped the status quo, changing the car world for the better.

Flick through the gallery above and read the captions to learn more about what made each model so special.