Car and Driver was founded as Sports Cars Illustrated in 1955. In its early years, the magazine focused primarily on small, imported sports cars. The world had its first look at their publication in the summer of 1955.
Sports cars were a refreshing antidote to the cumbersome Chevys, Fords, and Plymouths that perpetually topped the sales charts. This newborn magazine embraced the nascent sports car movement, so much so that it was titled Sports Cars Illustrated for the first six years of its existence.