1980s

The 1984 Peugeot Quasar Was a Group B Rally Car Dressed Like a Supercar

The 1984 Peugeot Quasar Was a Group B Rally Car Dressed Like a Supercar
It’s been a long time since you could purchase a new Peugeot here in America, but back in the 1980s you still could. During that period, the French automaker built the Quasar, a boldly styled concept vehicle that turned up at the 1984 Paris Motor Show.
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Retro BFP F-150 Goes Back to the ’80s

Retro BFP F-150 Goes Back to the ’80s
No matter where you looked in the 1980s, there were F-150 pickups with two-tone paint jobs running all over the place. Two different people in my family owned Ford trucks of the vintage, and one of them was red and white two-tone, with the other being a strange red and maroon combo.
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Wild One Max is an ’80s R/C Car Come to Life

Wild One Max is an ’80s R/C Car Come to Life
Many children of the ’80s will have vivid memories of Saturday morning cartoons and watching commercials that seem to be mostly for cereals and toys. One of those iconic toys of the era was a remote control car from Tamiya called the Wild One.
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Concepts from Future Past: 1983 Nissan NX-21

Concepts from Future Past: 1983 Nissan NX-21
Back in 1983, Nissan challenged itself to look forward to what their cars might look like in the 21st century. The concept car they came up with not only had an unusual design, but an unconventional drivetrain to go with.
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From the Vaults: 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am

From the Vaults: 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am
There’s no question that the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is one of the most iconic cars of the 1970s and 1980s. After all, it was the car that Burt Reynolds and Sally Field used to evade the fuzz in Smokey and the Bandit.
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Concepts from Future Past: The Pontiac Stinger

Concepts from Future Past: The Pontiac Stinger
Long before Kia put the name to good use, Pontiac took us to the “excitement edge” with its futuristic Stinger. The 1989 Stinger Concept was created as a sporty, recreational vehicle, and revealed just one year after the Pontiac Banshee concept.
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Another Batch of Awesomely Bad 1980s Car Commercials

Another Batch of Awesomely Bad 1980s Car Commercials
The 1980s were an odd decade. While they produced many iconic objects and styles which are still appreciated to this day, they also produced a boatload of bad cars. Sure, there were some needles in the haystack, but for the most part, we got dogs like Cadillac Cimarron, the Mercury Lynx, the Geo Metro, the Pontiac Fiero, and yes, the Yugo.
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From the Vaults: ’79-’81 Mustang Commercials

From the Vaults: ’79-’81 Mustang Commercials
MMMMM… Mustang! It’s interesting to see how Ford was positioning the Ford Mustang back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Instead of touting power and masculinity, the car was marketed as having high mileage and economical pricing.
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Gruppe5 Motorsports BMW 2002 Will Have You Seeing Red

Gruppe5 Motorsports BMW 2002 Will Have You Seeing Red
A company out of Indiana called Gruppe5 Motorsports wants to build the craziest BMW 2002 cars ever. The cars start with an original 1968 to 1975 BMW 2002′ steel structure, and get upgraded with an alloy roll cage and bonded carbon fiber body panels.
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Concepts from Future Past: Ford Mustang RSX

Concepts from Future Past: Ford Mustang  RSX
Back in 1979, the Ford Mustang was in its third production generation, being built on the popular Fox platform, which was shared with many other less sporty vehicles, and gave the car its first ever sharp-edged design.
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Knight Rider KITT Pursuit Car Heads to Auction

Knight Rider KITT Pursuit Car Heads to Auction
All of the car-themed TV shows I watched growing up in the ’80s are part of the reason I am a car guy today. One of the ones I loved the most was Knight Rider. I watched that show each week, and after seeing the first episode where KITT transformed into pursuit mode, I prayed each new episode he would do it again.
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Concepts from Future Past: 1981 Ford Bronco Montana Lobo

Concepts from Future Past: 1981 Ford Bronco Montana Lobo
Ford truck fans in the U.S. have been clamoring for the return of the Bronco for many years. Sadly, we’ve yet to get a new model, or even a concept design to drool over. To tide you over, check out this unusual concept variant of the Bronco, which turned up back in the early 1980s at the Chicago Auto Show.
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From the Vaults: ’80s Car Commercials

From the Vaults: ’80s Car Commercials
The sights and sounds ’80s are having quite a resurgence these days. With movies like Ready Player One, TV shows like Stranger Things, the 8-bit NES Classic Mini console, and countless tunes borrowing from the era, us Gen Xers are reliving our youth like on a daily basis.
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Find of the Day: 1987 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R Turbo for Sale

Find of the Day: 1987 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R Turbo for Sale
The 1980s were a bizarre and badass time for both moviegoers and petrolheads alike. The decade that gave us classic films like ET and Return of the Jedi also birthed cult automotive masterpieces like Steven King’s Christine, Maximum Overdrive, and Cannonball Run II.
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Lamborghini Countach: The Lambo to End All Lambos

Lamborghini Countach: The Lambo to End All Lambos
Back in the ’80s, you could walk into any kid’s room in the country and the car most likely to be on a poster hanging on the wall was the Lamborghini Countach. That was the exotic car of the decade, and is still the car I think of first when you say the Lambo name.
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