Top Used '80s Dream Cars
AutoWeek lists its favorite '80s sports cars and shows how much they'll set you back today.
Ah, the '80s — the time of big hair, MTV and underpowered cars.
The decade wasn't a total loss, though. You could find a few diamonds in the rough. You can still find them today, too, with a discerning eye.
Here are our favorite used '80s dream cars, with current used prices from Kelly Blue Book. REO Speedwagon not included.
One of the original hot hatches, an old GTI in good condition can still cost you some cash.
Not just a fixture in Vanilla Ice videos, the 5.0 was a potent performer on the strip and in the skate rink parking lot.
The fourth-gen Corvette can still be had at a decent price, not many rear-wheel-drive coupes from the era can match it.
Unbelievably, the 1987 Trans-Am only made 210 horsepower from its Tuned Port Injection V8 engine, but it looks much faster in red.
The Buick Grand National is the height of '80s bad-assed-ness. Your parents didn't want you to hang out with the guy that drove it.
Mr. Fusion not included, the underpowered DeLorean didn't go much past 88 mph, but that was enough.
The Esprit was way ahead of its time. One of the biggest Lotus cars ever looks fresh even now.
The E30 was the first hopped-up 3-Series that Bavaria produced. The 2.3-liter made almost 200 horsepower, fantastic for its time.
At home in Robin's nest in Hawaii, Magnum's 308 was the real star of the show, next to Tom Selleck's mustache.
They say art is timeless. The 911 is today what it was 20 years ago, the standard in sports cars.
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Agreed Ottawa!!!...'86 GHL Turbo is by far my favourite car of all time. Affordable, and Stealthy! It would blow brand new Supra Turbos away as they drove off the lot into my rear view mirror. 16-valve GTI? Another one of those wanna be cars. Many a dashboard was pounded into submission and doors blown off by my little cracker box. Laugh it up people...i probably dusted your grill a few times too haha. The temptation of building one is so there too...and still can be done for pennies.
If you want an 80's Supercar, you missed the Porsche 928 S4. I'd put mine up against any of the cars listed here. It was ACTUALLY a supercar. And it still is.
A 1983 Mazda GS RX-7. Black. With maroon interior and red pinstripes. Lift off moon roof. Major sound system with a joy stick. 40-watts per channel. My first new car.
Took a People Express flight down to Port-Of-Entry in Jacksonville, FL to buy it. Took a week off to bring her up north. Must have been looked over by every local cop, statee, and country sheriff from Florida to New York. She was real beauty. Fast. Corky. Quick. And not bad to look at.
She absolutely rocked. A Puertorican car theft gang out of NYC tried to steal the car twice. The first time it returned home. The second time a hidden fuel cut-off switch only got the thieves a block. Then they tried to steal me.
Took 7-months off and drove her cross-country. Best vacation ever. Loved that car.
almost all of the 80's cars were crap.... Cadillac and their 8-6-4 V8, crap... all of the EPA stuff, crap... the Citation X, Crap... the imports, were tin boxes, crap... most of them all rusted from all of the recycled imported metal that was never treated, they all rusted... 75 & 76 Mazda imported a little pocket rocket in its Rx4 and Cosmos,, the apex seals wouldn't hold up on their rotors, but the dang car could scat... these kids today and their imports think they are really hot, but Mazda had a car in that little engine if it could hold together more than 40,000 miles... From 1955 to about 1969, the domestic manufacturers were changing their looks on cars about every 3 years... those were the days... today, you almost see the same car about 10 years before the name is recycled to something else...
As for this article, what a waste... it sucked....