skipping the boring ones...
'82 Corvette L82 - was not a high point for American manufacturing
'84 Merc 190E 2.3 - red w/5-speed, surprisingly sporty at the time
'85 Mustang GT 5.0 - a better musclecar than the 'vette, but not as fun as:
'85 Toyota MR2 - a blast to drive, manual steering, then it got stolen
'91 Toyota MR2 - torquier, more mature, less fun. Needed practicality, got:
'92 325is - 1st Bimmer, loved it, but everything went bad on it
'01 325Ci - more sophisticated, less passionate, lots of small problems
'01 Z3 2.5i - 1st ragtop, real fun, a bit crude in design, great drivetrain
'06 Z4 3.0i - near-perfect, thought it would be my forever car, then I got old
'11 128i vert - my 5th bimmer, it's exactly what I need, great overall balance
By the way, the only slushbox in the group is the Vette, as the '82 had the new-for-'84 drivetrain, and they couldn't certify a stick that year.