People have been infatuated with cars for a long time. They get you where you need to go, and 80s cars did it in style.
Most of the coolest models have even become quite the collector’s item. There were also some iconic cars from movies and television.
Sports Cars in the 80s
Chevrolet had the Corvette—one of the most desired 80s cars for many people. Along with the powerful V8 motor, the 80s brought new colors, two-tone colors, an LCD speedometer and an electronic dashboard. This car is so iconic that there is even a National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.
Another great 80s Chevrolet car creation, the Camaro came out in 1982, with fuel injection and a hatchback window. There were three models—the Z28, the Sport Coupe, and the Berlinetta. The I-ROC, which made the t-top popular, was one of the coolest models.
The Ford Mustang was another hot car that everyone loved. In 1983, the front of the car and the taillights were redesigned, giving it an aerodynamic look, which was becoming more popular throughout the decade. It was also available in convertible form, making it that much cooler.
Of course, there was also the Lamborghini Countach, the car most of us could only dream about. It was the epitome of sports car and had the price tag to prove it. It had air boxes and vents in the back, making it one of the most futuristic looking cars on the road, if you were lucky enough to spot one.
80s Family Cars
Naturally, if you have a family, you needed a more appropriate car. The Ford Taurus was a great new choice. It even won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award in 1986, the first year it hit the road. A smaller option was the Ford Escort, on the market in 1981.
The Honda Accord was the first Japanese car manufactured in the United States. It was so popular that it was the best selling Japanese car from 1982 right through the end of the decade and beyond. There were two different body types, a hatchback and a sedan.
The Toyota Camry made its debut in 1982. It was a solid compact sedan or a five-door lift back model.
Famous 80s Cars
KITT, or Knight Industries Two Thousand, was a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am. There were plenty of awesome features that we only wish cars had in real life, such as a money dispenser, a surveillance mode, and a voice synthesizer. These things definitely were not standard on the Trans Am.
The DeLorean DMC 12 is one of the most iconic cars of the 80s due to the important role it played in the Back to the Future movies. Gull-wing doors were the most obvious feature, but inside was a flux capacitor that made time travel possible. The DeLorean was also the only car ever made by the DeLorean Motor Company, as financial and legal problems forced a shutdown.
The car from Magnum, P.I. was a flashy red Ferrari with a targa top, essentially making it a convertible. It was technically a 308 or 328 GTS, but usually simply called The Magnum P.I. Ferrari. It was a super cool car and the scenery of Hawaii just made it that much cooler.
Considered a status symbol, cars are just as much an extension of your personality as your clothes. Whether your favorite 80s cars were boxy, futuristic, sporty, or family friendly, there were countless makes and models to choose from.