What's The Best Cheap, Fun 80s Car?

The video of the Toyota FT-86 Concept being pursued by a tire-chirpingly adorable AE86 caused us to VH1 clip-show out and remembering other Reagan-era thrifty thrills. Most importantly, we're now wondering: what's the best cheap, fun 80s car?

The 1980s era Subaru B.R.A.T. is a vehicle that fulfills all of our basic requirements for a cheap, fun car: it's economical, is essentially an El Camino, and available with a manual tranny. But then Subaru ups the fun quotient with Chicken Tax-defeating rearward-facing seats for more friends. And because it's a Subaru you're also getting a healthy dose of AWD for running up sand dunes or across muddy fields. Though it may not be able to out-drift an AE86, the B.R.A.T. was a go-anywhere, do-anything car-truck for any occasion.

Hey, remember the 80s? Remember cheap fun cars? Tell us about it Mo Rocca.

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