What is Your Favorite Car from the 1980s?

When people think about the malaise era, great cars are not always the first things that come to mind. Although it wasn't the best automotive decade, some great cars were still produced. What is your favorite car from the 1980s? » 12/18/10 5:00pm 12/18/10 5:00pm

The Forward Progression Of Rotary Engines

114 years ago last week, Stephen M. Balzer patented the first rotary-engine. Sometimes confused with the Wankel Rotary used in vehicles like this 1980s Mazda Rx-7 Spec B Rally, Balzer's design was vastly different. (H/t to all for the correction) (Photo Credit: exfordy) » 12/18/10 2:00pm 12/18/10 2:00pm

Jackie Stewart Drives Hell Out Of '84 Tempo, Calls It "Driver's Car"

Ford_Tempo_Fanatic may never forgive me for what I did to a free Tempo at Infineon last spring, but at least I've managed to find a vintage ad showing the Tempo on the race track! » 9/26/10 11:00am 9/26/10 11:00am

1989 Nissan 240SX Inspires Frightening Christie Brinkley Hallucinations

All you need to do with this ad is wait for the protagonist's reaction to the appearance of Christie Brinkley in the passenger seat. » 9/18/10 3:00pm 9/18/10 3:00pm

Be Sure To Dress In Pleather For The Future: The 1982 Trans Am!

The movie Tron must have had a profound effect on GM's marketers, who apparently decided that the semi-computerized Quadrajet on the Firebird's 305 engine was really a time machine! » 9/05/10 3:00pm 9/05/10 3:00pm

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Air-cooled 911s aren't as common here as in Alameda, so this '84 was worth photographing. » 9/04/10 9:00am 9/04/10 9:00am

How Many TURBO Emblems Does an 80s Mitsubishi Need?

The Malaise Era was followed by the Turbo Era, and nobody got more into the entire Turbo Way Of Life™ than the Mitsubishi team responsible for the Starion. Even as it prepares for crushing, this '88 radiates turbo-osity! » 8/22/10 11:00am 8/22/10 11:00am

1984 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Here's a very clean Spider Veloce, fresh from California. » 8/22/10 9:00am 8/22/10 9:00am

1980: The TR7 Convertible Is One of the Last Remaining Bargains!

Even though the Triumph slant-four engine proved quite reliable after SAAB tinkered with it for a few decades, British Leyland never quite found the magic formula to make the TR7 hold together as well as the SAAB 99. » 8/21/10 5:00pm 8/21/10 5:00pm

And the Real Winner Is...

LeMons racing's highest award, the Index of Effluency, goes to the vehicle that achieves the most from the least. This time we saw a Daihatsu Charade finish 34th and a Plymouth Belvedere finish 33rd... but one car beat them both. » 8/08/10 11:45pm 8/08/10 11:45pm

Brougham Of The Day: Pontiac Parisienne Brougham!

Detroit had a love affair with the Brougham that lasted from the 1950s through the 1990s, and General Motors had some of the best Broughams of all! » 8/08/10 11:00am 8/08/10 11:00am

1989 Merkur XR4Ti

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Yes, I'm back in California this weekend, so it's time for an Alameda flashback! » 8/07/10 9:00am 8/07/10 9:00am

80s Nostalgia Reality Check: Coachbuilt Nissan 200SX Roadster

Even after the resolutely anti-convertible Malaise Era ended in 1983— hey, I invented the term "Malaise Era" so I get to define when it ended— your convertible-shopping options were still fairly limited in 1987. » 7/24/10 11:30am 7/24/10 11:30am

Are The End Times Upon Us? Yugo GV For $14,500!

I'm coming out of NPOCP retirement for this one; sure, Graverobber's being doing a helluva job, but after reading The Rise And Fall Of The Worst Car In History, I feel compelled to put this dilemma to a vote. » 7/24/10 11:00am 7/24/10 11:00am

Yep, The '80s Buick Skylark Is A Pile Of... Lemonade

Lessons: Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Or gold Rustoleum. Or the crappiness of GM's N-body. And clever stickers fix everything. (Hat tip to Rosa!) » 7/20/10 1:00pm 7/20/10 1:00pm

1988: The Future Has Arrived!

Computers were pretty well accepted in the American mainstream by the late 1980s, but the designers that GM had making their ECU cases appear to have gone with the 1956-vintage E-13B font in order to enhance futuristic appeal. » 7/18/10 7:00pm 7/18/10 7:00pm

The 240 Greatest Achievements of Japanese Automotive Technology

If you ask the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, the greatest milestones in their industry range from the ABS system on the '71 Nissan President to the Subaru Impreza WRX STI... and 238 more. » 7/18/10 6:30pm 7/18/10 6:30pm