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General Chat Thread, Why are 80s cars less loved than those from other eras? in General; Originally Posted by korifugi Funny you should bring this up - this morning we did actually have our own representative ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by korifugi View Post
    Funny you should bring this up - this morning we did actually have our own representative in that little article in the form of the owner of the Sierra, our very own @TheCrust

    Crikey that plaza was cold at 6am this morning....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samba_man View Post
    I've got one of these beasts, photos nicked from Google -

    A lovely A road cruiser, rolls a bit but unbeatable comfortable suspension. 1.3L air cooled flat four boxer engine with a dashboard that could have only ever been designed in the 80s.

    Clearly inspired by Blakes 7 there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by samba_man View Post
    I've got one of these beasts, photos nicked from Google -

    A lovely A road cruiser, rolls a bit but unbeatable comfortable suspension. 1.3L air cooled flat four boxer engine with a dashboard that could have only ever been designed in the 80s.
    That's a proper bit of weird French - before Citroen's boring phase. Nice.

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    That dash is straight out of Start Trek TNG. It's fabulous.

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    One of my friends has had a Toyota MR2 AW11, he bought it when he was 17, so had it over 10 years now.

    His ideal car would be an original dodge viper, which he could have afforded a fleet of with the money he has spent keeping the MR2 running, spends more time in the garage than on the road.

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    I used to have a 1988 Ford Fiesta, i loved that car, shame it fell apart from all the rust!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    That dash is straight out of Start Trek TNG. It's fabulous.
    I was thinking more along the lines of the original Battlestar Galactica...

    "Starbuck - come in"

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamH View Post
    One of my friends has had a Toyota MR2 AW11, he bought it when he was 17, so had it over 10 years now.

    His ideal car would be an original dodge viper, which he could have afforded a fleet of with the money he has spent keeping the MR2 running, spends more time in the garage than on the road.
    To this day I would still love to own an Toyota MR2 MKII in white (even the MKI). Something about Toyota's and that era (Supra's and Celica's)

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    The best 80's car has to be the golf gti. One of the best cars ever made.

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    Maestro. Don't laugh. Had 2, both 1.6 auto. Comfy, handled well, simple to fix..heh. Most I had was an AA man telling me the engine had siezed..no, the crank sensor lead had snapped. Still got the talking digidash - couldn't bear to part with it when I GAVE the last car to a collector who is restoring it AFAIK.

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    I agree about the Golf. My son has had three of all different flavours and he loves them.

    I remember the Audi Quattro - I loved the design of that car. Didn't it have the drag co-efficient written on the back?
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    The best car I ever owned was a 205GTi. Fantastic machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by sippo View Post
    The best 80's car has to be the golf gti. One of the best cars ever made.
    i dont get old golfs i drove a mk2 gti and it rates as about the 2nd worst car ive driven beaten by a pug 107 and i prefer a 3 clynder corsa

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    Well, on the other side of the pond here at least the 1980's was the automotive industry's Dark Ages. Increasing CAFE standards (mileage and emissions) basically killed performance until technology finally caught up in the 90's. It didn't help either that the big three were getting cocky and believing the Eastern auto companies posed no threat. I'm still a fan of the 80's though since when I got old enough to get into the hobby the only cars in my price range were from that decade. This was during the collector boom where Muscle era car prices started soaring, so I built what I had and kept on rolling with it ever since.

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    I'm a huge fan of 80s motors, had a couple of Peugeot 205 Gtis, a 1.6 which I promptly wrote off and then got a 1.9 Alo oown and have owned many Novas through out my 10 years of having driving license. Can agree about rust, my current nova has had welding pretty much everywhere and that is a low millage example. I think 80s cars are the last of the generation to be simple enough to work on with basic tools and not be weighed down with heavy "safety" equipment such as air bags, SIP etc.. but modern enough to use on a daily basis.

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