In its strictest sense, the term "sports car" signifies a vehicle with two seats, a compact frame and sleek styling. Perhaps thinking that's all there is to it, many car manufacturers have tried their hand at creating their own classic car, to takes its place alongside the legends. However, automotive history has shown that that's easier said than done.
While many contenders have come and gone, certain sports cars have stood the test of time and become truly iconic of the form.
Karl Brauer, a senior director at the car valuation and analysis company Kelley Blue Book, has provided CNBC.com with his definitive list of what he believes to be the 10 greatest sports cars.
"The sports car represents the purest form of personal transportation," he said. "It's not concerned with storage space or luxury appointments or fuel efficiency. Even raw horsepower isn't critical, though a sports car must have enough power to entertain its driver while strafing apexes on a twisting road or racetrack."
So which cars does Brauer believe are the greatest of all time? Read ahead and find out.
—By CNBC's Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 22 Nov. 2013
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