Best Cars of the 1980s
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
This first video isn't my own personal choice of the top eighties cars, but there are some decent ones featured with many old and classic American cars, and also British and European models, too.
Unfortunately, there is no soundtrack as it has been removed by Youtube due to copyright reasons, but I hope you enjoy the slideshow, nonetheless. The video includes many sporty cars, including the Dodge Shelby Charger and the DeLorean which featured in Back To The Future. Being from the UK, it was interesting to see the Ford Escort GT and how different it looks to the British Ford Escort. There are also some great vans and pick-up trucks featured, too.
If I were to make a video compilation of my favourite 80s cars, then it would have to include a Fiesta XR2, mainly because my Dad bought a white one and I loved the acceleration! One of the most reliable cars my parents bought was a Mitsubishi Colt Mirage. It was only a small car, but as with many Japanese cars, seemed way ahead of its time in the electronics department, with an electric aerial and mirrors. I remember my Dad wanting to buy a replacement due to its reliability, but not being able to find a Mitsubishi garage as the local one had closed down.
Below I have created a gallery of a few of my favourite 80s cars, and I hope you may like some of them, too.
A 1982 Mitsubishi Colt Mirage
Not an obvious choice as one of the eighties finest cars and hardly desirable, but it was a solid, reliable and economical car. The model in that photo isn't the best example around, but it's public domain and will have to suffice.
1983 VW Golf GTi Mk1 - public domain image
The Fiesta XR2 was a nice, cheaper alternative to the Escort XR3i. It was a predecessor the the ST. The price in 1989 was £8,430, which was well out of my price range back then. To give a more sporty look, It featured pepperpot wheels and rally car spotlights. But the main improvements over the standard Fiesta models was the improved suspension, ventilated front disc brakes and, of course, a much beefier engine!
1985-86 Ford Mustang GT - public domain photo
Ford Mustang Convertible (1987-1993) - public domain image