The Australian car market is a truly fascinating place. While we love our massive, hulking pickup trucks, the Aussies are perfectly happy in their car-based utes from Ford and Holden. It's like an alternate reality where everyone said, "Why have an F-150 when you can have an El Camino?"
Larry Chen at Speedhunters recently uncovered the unbelievable "brand new" 25 year old AE86 Toyota Corolla seen here on a trip to Belgium. If you've ever wondered what a perfectly optioned AE86 would have looked like fresh from the dealer's lot, wonder no more.
Instead of making an actual car commercial Pontiac decided to spend 30 seconds painting a brief and very 80s picture of what life is like as a Trans Am owner. Although the resulting synth filled classic advertisement is hilariously dated, 25 years later it remains a pretty compelling argument for Trans Am ownership…
RM auctions announced this week they will be offering a 1986 Ford RS200 Evo Group B for sale at their annual Amelia Island auction being held in March. Pre sale estimates for the car are between $80,000 and $120,000 which doesn't seem bad for a Group B homologation car which can out accelerate any supercar of the era.…
In 1986 Toyota introduced the most powerful small 4x4 truck that had existed to date. Equipped with a turbocharger on Toyota's famously bulletproof 22RE engine, according to this commercial, not even chains could hold back the truck's 135 horsepower.
Do we really need to go into great detail about how wrong the Pontiac-badged '86 Daewoo LeMans really was? Probably not.
After the semi-high-tech Vega turned out to be such a headache for The General, the Chevette was just the ticket: crude, simple, and cheap to build. Already obsolete when it debuted in 1975, the Chevette was a fossil by 1986.
We know, the Biturbo really was a black eye on Maserati's reputation… but it's still strange seeing Italian royalty surrounded by proletarian-grade Volvo 240s and VW Golfs in my local self-service junkyard.
We've had 25 years to get accustomed to the look of the first-generation Ford Taurus, especially since so many others emulated its "melted bar of soap" look soon after, but we all did double-takes the first time we saw one.
What came after the Malaise Era? The Turbo Era, of course! In 1986, when your car had a turbocharger under the hood, you wanted the world to know it. This was the philosophy behind the Starion/Conquest.
Sure, you've seen any number of pickup trucks with 18-wheeler-style stacks… but how many stack-equipped K cars have you encountered in your travels? If you've got 500 bucks in your jeans, this fine automobile could be yours!
While the news this week has been all about Saab possibly going tits-up, Nice Price or Crack Pipe thinks that the Born from Jets car maker wouldn't be so screwed if they had built something like today's candidate.
Featuring music by Hideki Naoi and Alphaville, this quartet of Japan-market ads for the mid-80s Toyota Corona let potential buyers know that the LASRE 3A engine gave the Corona magical powers!
Chrysler bought what was left of AMC in 1987, it's a little sad to see this woodgrain-bedecked Pre Cupholder Era SUV from 1986- back when SUVs were honest about their truckness- about to be crushed.
All right, maybe you couldn't build a fine race car like the Son Of A Blitzen '86 300E LeMons car, but even the LeMons Supreme Court believes the legitimacy of the team's budget claims.
It's 98 degrees out, engine failures are proliferating like uranium centrifuges in the Middle East... and an RX-7 is leading the race.
Hacking up a hail-damaged car and turning it into a giant, highway-capable whale is one thing… but when your Whalemobile started live as a Yugo cabriolet, you're entering an alternate dimension of awesomeness!
You know how it works: you give the BMW E30 racers a hard time and one of them is sure to win the race. That's how it worked out today.
More than any car we've seen, the Mustang has always been marketed as a product that can transform its owner's entire life. A Mustang buyer becomes somebody different, according to Ford.