Plush interior, European styling, and seating for five—if that is what you were looking for in a car Hyundai wanted you to believe their Excel for 1988 was the same as a 1988 BMW 325i. Plus it had FWD!
A guilty pleasure is by definition something you like, but feel guilty about liking because you are aware your fondness for said thing is a little embarrassing or not so great. This weekend we want to know about your automotive guilty pleasure.
Although this 1988 Volkswagen Golf GTI commercial was originally aired in Mexico, this is a prime example of dramatic vintage advertising that transcends language barriers.
Sure to bring some warmth to these short and cold December days, this 1988 BMW 325i Commercial is half suggestive sun screen endorsement and half E30 sales pitch. Nothing like 80s BMWs and sun worship to cure the winter blues.
This footage of 1988 Rally Isle of Man (formerly Manx International Rally) winner Patrick Snijers shows an unbelievable amount of driving skill. Best of all, there is no music to block out his screaming BMW E30 M3 engine.
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!
GM's Quad Four was such an orders-of-magnitude improvement over the Early Industrial Revolution technology of the creaky Iron Duke that it seemed impossible to believe that The General could have been behind it. Drop it in the Cutlass Ciera!
The Reatta had a lot going for it, with its super-futuristic touch-screen dash and all, but Buick's core buyer demographic hadn't quite adjusted to the radical look of the Model 71 Roadmaster back in '46, much less this… this spaceship!
The 1988 E30 was a fine car, but 24 grand for the base 325 coupe? The Hyundai Excel did everything just as well as the E30- everything Hyundai felt was important, that is- and its price tag was $5,499.
What does it take to charm the exotic 80s woman off her pirate ship? Eurosport!
Just yards away from the now-much-picked-over junked Volvo Amazon, I stumbled across this incredible trifecta of junkyardy goodness at my local self-service yard. Three cars that each deserve the full Jalopnik Stamp-O-Approval™!
About 15 years ago, I received a little potted Araucaria heterophylla tree as a Christmas gift. Many repottings and several moves later, it now stands about 15 feet tall and has outgrown my tiny house.
As a general rule, I'm not a huge fan of the "glue random crap all over a generic vehicle" school of art car creation. Still, it's sad to see such a car in the junkyard.
Just as we make jokes about unreliable cars, we make jokes about the Toyota pickup's reliability. My brother-in-law's '88 has close to a quarter-million miles and it has yet to suffer any significant mechanical problem.