What is Your Favorite Car from the 1980s?

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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?


Generally thought to be a period of rebuilding from the plague of the Malaise era, the 1980s rarely get the respect they deserve for producing some great cars. Sure, a lot of the cars produced in the 1980s were crap, but the same can be said about the decades that came before and after. The fact that 80s cars are currently in the limbo of not old enough to be truly collectible and too old and outdated to be relevant to modern automobiles doesn't help their reputation much.

Perhaps because it is the decade of my birth or maybe because I've owned more 4 wheeled products of the 80s than any other decade, a decent portion of the vehicles that occupy my fantasy garage are from this 10 year span. E30 M3s, IROC Z-28s, Monte Carlo SSs, Firebird TTAs, E28 M5s, K5 Blazers, 4runners, Turbo Supras; The list goes on from there. Most of them are nicer better optioned versions of the more abused and rusty vehicles I actually owned. The stand out is the car seen here, the 1987 Buick GNX.

I realize I get zero points for originality, but my love and desire for a GNX cannot be denied. A one year only ASC/McLaren hyper tuned versionl of the Grand National, the GNX was the fastest American Production Car made in 1987 (it was faster then the Corvette, official numbers be damned). Of the 547 made, many such as the one you read about last weekend have been spent more time sitting in a hermetically sealed chamber not being driven then terrorizing the streets as they should be. Although outclassed in performance by most new muscle car, the 3.8 Turbocharged engine makes the fun to drive factor hard to beat. Combine that with a total blackout package and you have one mean looking 80s car I would love to own. Unfortunately, I am not alone in my GNX desire and they don't come cheap when they occasionally change hands.

So what about you? What is your favorite car from the 1980s?



Dear Jalopnik

I am new to this website so I'm still familiarizing my self with some of these new terms I have been introduced to. One of them is malaise era, which involved me using wikipedia to look up the meaning of the word; apparently its a reference to some of the cars made during the 1973-1982 oil crisis. Apparently, this was due to the U.S. decision to re-supply the Israeli military; something which did not sit well with the primarily Muslim countries of the middle east and though the Israeli's should be rightly entitled to their own safety and security, sadly its not being used towards that effect today with the many disputes going on in the country.

However, today I shall not be taking sides in this argument for I have a greater cause to fight for, a mission if you say. And I'm willing to become a Jalopnik martyr in order to prove my beliefs.

Today, I signed onto Jalopnik, and read the 18th of December 2010's #questionoftheweekend . And while I enjoy seeing Answers of the day, I know that I haven't seen Answers of the weekend for a while so I felt discouraged. But then I looked at the question, and I must say, its a pretty darn good one; "What is Your Favorite Car from the 1980s?". So I entered the thread so that I could see what other persons put, as I enjoy seeing other's opinions, but before I got the chance to do this I saw a statement which just didn't cross me right. It said "Although it wasn't the best automotive decade, some great cars were still produced".

Okay, I'm not American, and we don't get American cars where I live, so I may be a little biased. But, WHAT THE FUCK are you talking about? As a person who was born in the 90's I must say this is about one of the worst statements I've ever heard. And I have here with me a list why.

1. It was the last decade that most sedans (especially japanese ones) were RWD

2. Group B was within those years, have you seen the kind of monsters that kind of homologated racing has put on the streets. Quattro's, 037's, delta's, rs200's, Mid-engined Renaults?!!!! Also, look at Barthurst and those monster holden's.

3. It was the last year of Turbocharged F1 and it was the final years of Enzo Ferrari's life, The F40, the last ferrari overseen by him was released and by some (myself included) its considered the greatest ferrari of all time.

4. That car was to compete with the Lamborgini Countach and Porsche 959.

5. It was car's of this generation that inspired Gordon Murray to release his 1st sketch of the ultimate sports car in 1988 (The McLaren F1)

6. The only series of cheap sports saloon's or sports coupe's was made in this era (no fancy turbo's or electronics); by cheap I mean very low price compared to other sports cars. Example; the AE86. Name one car from this era which compares to an AE86's power figures or performance. That's what I thought.

7. Skyline R32 GT-R (1st awd gt-r)

8. First Year of the AWD gentlemen's cars; Galant VR-4's, Legacy GT's anyone?

9. These were the last year's before "Car's for Wives", "save the gasoline", "witchcraft electronic's incorporated into everywhere/car drives on its own", and "OMG the icecaps are melting!!!" cars were now starting to hit the market.

10. 24 hours of LeMon's and Autocrossing would be missing a great number of entrants if this era did not exist.

Jalopnik, please reconsider that statement. Some person's like myself do not have the luxury of driving on the left side of the car nor the right side of the road. Nor do we even have American Car's. Plus did you see that list I made. Look at that list below too!! Probably full of great shit; car's that people probably have loved and still love. Like that Saab saving guy. Or the ideas behind the FT-86. Or the fact that RWD cars are coming back into the lower $ markets.

Anyway's I have beer, party by me...



P.S. Bill Caswell's car is from the 1980's.