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Iconic cars of the 80s

What a decade the 80s was!

A time when nobody owned a smartphone, and a period where questionable music and even more questionable clothing reigned supreme. These were the years without social media, where news wasn’t fired incessantly at us from every possible angle and people still thought we’d have flying cars by the year 2000. A much calmer, easier, simpler way of life; it’s easy to see why so many people miss the 80s when compared to the ultra-fast super-connected world we live in today. Join us down memory lane as we look back on the top 5 Iconic cars of the 80s.


Perhaps the biggest reason to miss the 80s, however, was the iconic cars.

Whilst today’s automobiles may well be superior in terms of the time taken to get from 0 – 60mph, the style and design of cars from the 80s has stood the test of time, with thousands of people across the planet still collecting and renovating them to this very day.

Here’s a few of the most iconic ones:

  • The DeLorean
  • Ford Cortina
  • Audi Quattro
  • Pontiac Firebird
  • Peugeot 205

How many iconic cars from the 80s would you trade your current car for?!


The DeLorean

A true iconic car from the 1980s, The DeLorean was etched into pop history by the famous Back to The Future films and, despite there only being around 9000 ever made, is one of the first cars people think about in relation to the 80s. There are plans to create a new DeLorean this year, with American motor company DMC planning to bring this legendary car back to life with a touch of contemporary style and modern-age horsepower. The only problem, however, is they’re going to cost around $100,000 each. Ouch.



Ford Cortina

The Ford Cortina was the UK’s best-selling car in the 1970s, and as a result almost everyone was driving one in the 80s. Several versions of the Cortina were made between the years of 1962 and 1982, and during this period over 2.6 million cars were sold in Britain, making it one of the most popular British cars ever made and a real iconic car in the 80s. Even if you weren’t born when these were around, there’s a high chance that someone in your family has driven a Cortina at some point.



Audi Quattro

German manufacturer Audi gets on our iconic cars from the 80s list thanks to its hugely popular Quattro. Typified by its massive rectangular grille and large, glaring headlights, the Quattro was a massive hit in Europe both as a rally and road car. Its success on the continent wasn’t mirrored across the pond, however, with only around 1,000 cars being sold in the US. You might have seen the Quattro driven by DCI Gene Hunt in the BBC series Ashes to Ashes, with the car also being used as a prop by the Labour Party in 2010 in an effort to prevent David Cameron from taking Britain ‘back to the 1980s’.



Pontiac Firebird

The Pontiac Firebird’s sleek, flat design and sharp grille enabled it to go down in history as one of the most iconic cars of the 1980s. Pontiac began building the third generation of Firebirds in 1982, with this new selection of cars being both lighter and more streamlined than previous versions. This optimised aerodynamic design, along with massively reduced weight, made it one of the most sought-after cars of the decade.



Peugeot 205

Fun, simple and affordable, the Peugeot 205 was a common sight on Europe’s roads during the 1980s making it a very popular car during this decade. Whilst there was nothing remarkable about the car from the outside, the 205 was famously fun to drive due to its strong power-to-weight ratio, as well as being hardy little motor.  Suddenly everyone wanted a Peugeot, which was quite an achievement considering that the Peugeot brand wasn’t the most popular prior to the 205’s release.



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