Although not generally considered a golden age of motoring, the 1980s definitely produced some instant classics. While many cars produced in this era have faded into obscurity, there are a few which anyone who hit the road during this decade will definitely remember.
Here are the ‘80s marques which we remember most fondly:
1) Golf GTI
This decade was the decade of the hot hatch, and the Golf GTI was the one which set the standards for all else which followed.
This car combined great handling and sports car power with relatively low running costs.
Many of these cars are still on road; a testament to their build quality and lasting appeal.
Just don’t mention the fake ‘16v’ badges a lot of 8-valve owners used to stick on the back of their vehicles.
2) Audi Quattro
The car which sparked the 4×4 revolution, the Audi Quattro was so good that it was banned from rally competition.
Whilst technically not the first four wheel drive car ever made, it was the first with a four wheel drive system which actually worked.
Combine amazing handling with a turbocharged engine which could push it to a top speed of 143 mph and you have a recipe for a classic!
3) Toyota W10 MR2
One of the most popular cars Toyota have ever produced, the MR2 had everything you could want from a small sports car: handling and speed.
The performance figures came from the fact that the car was extremely light.
Oh, and looking a little bit like a Ferrari didn’t hurt its sales figures either.
4) BMW E30 M5
Although quite under-appreciated back in the day, this car was basically a road legal race car. Rear wheel drive made it a must-buy for any serious petrol head.
The E30 M5 is still a much sought-after model to this day, and judging by its looks, it’s easy to see why.
5) Ford Escort
Although first introduced in 1969, the Escort didn’t really see its sales figures rocket until the ‘80s. Available in both front wheel and rear wheel drive models, this car offered great opportunities for customisation. It remains popular with tuners and enthusiasts nowadays.
Did you own any of the cars on this list? Leave us a comment and let us know what your driving experience was like.