Posts tagged Back to the 80s
EVENTS: Back To The 80's 2017

On a regular basis I hear the comment of "the 80's were terrible for cars" which couldn't be any farther from the truth. People give the era as a whole a bad wrap, sure the 90's arguably had some better platforms but the 1980's were nothing to scoff at. As much as I can wax poetic about the beautiful excess and technological optimism of the 1980's, there is no better evidence than an all 80's car show to prove my point. Minnesota Fieros Forever recently held their Back To The 80's event for all 1980's era cars and we are here with coverage.

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LISTS: Top 5 Japanese Cars of the 1980s

While America was overcoming their malaise of the previous decade and Europe was doing a fantastic job catering to the 1%, a third option found it's way into the American lexicon. The Japanese automobile. Japanese cars had been around in America since the 1950's but with The Malaise of the 70's the Japanese imports began to find their way into American households in large numbers for the first time. Like the rise of the mammals over dinosaurs after the Cretaceous Paleogene extinction event, The 70's saw the once great giants of American muscle cars lose ground to the more nimble Japanese cars.

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LISTS: Top 5 American Cars of the 1980s

Continuing our countdown to Back to the 80s, we come to the Top 5 American cars of the 1980s.  American brands took steps to up their quality, not through old hat tricks but through legitimate quality improvements and R&D. This fresh infusion of technology saw better drag coeffecients, fuel injection and turbocharging which allowed more economic power to be had. All of that innovation lead to the birth of the Modern Muscle Car and even non-muscle cars were finally on a level to battle imports. After a prolonged malaise, The American car was back with a vengeance.

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LISTS: Top 5 European Cars of the 1980s

Our first list is the Top 5 European Cars of the 1980s. Although Europe has always made excellent cars throughout the history of the automobile, European cars of the 80s were down right rad. With Group B rally during most of the decade, Formula 1 at it's height, various power wars, and the economic excess of the era, European brands had more demand than ever. The demand was only amplified when you include that America was recovering from their malaise of the 1970s and Japanese sports cars weren't yet mainstream.

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