The 80’s gave us so much to remember from music, fashion and movies. There’s the MC Hammer pants, Rick Astley, Metallica, Back to the Future and many more. But another thing that is iconic during the 1980s were cars. This is the era where sports cars meet comfort, where innovation and design was the thing. The 80’s was surely the time where car models became more technological, fast, luxurious, and lightweight. That is why we made a list of the most iconic cars of the 80’s to take you on a trip down to memory lane.
1. Honda Civic CRX
This front-wheel drive sport compact car was originally launched in Japan with the name Honda Ballade Sports CR-X. This car is known for its performance, good fuel economy, and nimble handling. This two-door and two-seat hatchback offered unique styling and interior furnishings. In 1985, Honda introduced a sports injected model that has a 1.5 liter engine, power sunroof rear wiper, 13 inch alloy wheels and even a ducktail spoiler for the hatch.
2. Chevy Corvette
Also known as the Vette or Chevy, this car was a big hit when the 1980 version was released because that was the first time a Chevy Corvette had a completely new look. This car looked futuristic and fresh back in the 80s. It has unique suspensions and a four speed manual transmission with an electronically engaged overdrive for the top three gears to save fuel.
3. Ford Mustang Convertible
This convertible muscle car is a must-have. Because unlike any previous Mustang, this convertible doesn’t have a tri bar tail lamps. The interior had an all new dashboard and center console. It even had a revised seat and a door trim. It had a single larger flush piece that has the word Mustang engraved at the lower rear corner.
4. Acura Integra
This was produced by Honda Motors in Japan on 1986 to 2006. The car is like Honda’s Civic line but more luxurious. It has the reputation for its handling and performance. This car is made for the street races and grown-ups because this car is like Honda Civic but with a Euro-style get up. It has rat-fur fabric, a tunable equalizer that comes with a cassette deck and a sun roof.
5. Chevy Camaro IROC-Z
This car was introduced in 1985 and continued until 1990, it has a new brake light that was located on the upper area of the back hatch glass. It comes with a 2.8 Liter V6 engine. However, in 1987, they released a Chevy Camaro that has a 5.8 liter V8 engine that was paired with an automatic transmission only. It is hard to find an un-modified, all stock version of this car these days that’s what makes this car’s price go up.
6. Toyota MR2 Supercharged
Toyota MR2 was first introduced in 1984, this two-door car had a sun roof an color-keyed bumpers, front lip, side stripes and mud flaps. The supercharged MR2 was also offered with four speed automatic transmission and a five speed manual transmission. Toyota also engineered the MR2 to carry a 2 liter engine.
7. Lincoln Mark VI Continental
Produced by Ford Motor Company, this is the fourth generation in the Mark series. During the 1980’s the signature Continental Mark VI was available in sedan and coupe versions. It both had unique features that has a rechargeable glove box flashlight and a special sew pattern. These signature cars were available in only tow colors, burgundy and silver.
8. Ferrari F40
This mid-engine rear wheel sports car was first introduced in 1987. During those times, the Ferrari F40 was Ferrari’s fastest, most powerful and the most expensive car in the market which is sold for 400,000 US Dollars. The F40’s body is made from Kevlar, carbon fiber and aluminum which give the body strength with low weight and intense aerodynamics. The only downside of this car is that it has no glove box, carpets, door panels and sound system. And it only have moderate air conditioning. Nevertheless, the Ferrari F40 is one of the fastest cars you could ever ride back in the 80’s.
9. Buick Grand National GNX
Originally introduced in 1976, the Buick Grand National GNX has a V6 engine that goes with a three speed manual transmission but later on, they were replaced with an automatic transmission. In 1981, this car had a major facelift which gave it a more aerodynamic look which helped enter the car into the NASCAR competition.
10. DeLorean DMC-12
Also known as the DeLorean, this is the only model produced by DeLorean Motor Company. This car’s design was one of a kind back in the 80’s, it has gull wing doors, fiberglass body structure and steel backbone chassis. This car’s design was so innovative that you may also recognize this as the DeLorean Time Machine in the famous movie Back To The Future.
These are the most iconic cars of the 1980’s. Which one of these do you remember driving or riding with your parents or loved ones? If given the chance, which of these cars would you like to own? We hope this list made you remember the good golden days.