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Offline OldiesButGoodies

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Cars in the 80s
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:45:44 AM »
What a bad time the 80s were for sports cars (as were the late 70s):


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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2014, 01:39:18 PM »
By far the ugliest Mustang ever.   Sad, really.

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2014, 07:07:59 PM »
I disagree. The Fox body (79-93) Mustang platform provided an entire generation of gearheads with a body and engine that were easily and highly modifiable, especially the 86-93 EFI cars. Take an '86-'93 Mustang GT or 5.0 LX car, put 3:73 or 4:10 gears in the 8.8" rear end, throw a set of 10 or 12 inch ET streets on the rear wheels, and install a 125 or 150 HP nitrous kit, and you've got a car that runs mid 12's in the 1/4 mile. At the time this was truly unheard of. By comparison, even the "legendary" muscle cars of the late 60's and early 70's were low 14 second cars at best in stock trim (with very few exceptions).

Throw in a few suspension mods and what not and you've got something that looks like this:



Which looks exponentially better than the Mustang II of the late 70's:








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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2014, 08:01:41 PM »
You are comparing a front shot to a rear.   That 80s Mustang looks like a grandma car.

Oh, and you're wrong about Clapton, too.  :P

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2014, 08:02:45 PM »
At least that 70s one has a couple curves around the wheel wells.

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2014, 08:05:03 PM »
8W...you must be a Ford man.  :laugh:  I was in the late 80's.  I had a 1988 Mustang GT.
A great car in it's day.  If I was to buy a vintage Mustang it would have to be a 89 or newer.  Major change was moving from a MAP sensor to the MAF sensor.
Responds to upgrades much better. Honestly I wouldnt even but the 4.6L.  It would have to be the 5.0 pushrod...which I understand is back.  Cars are fun...but if it has wheels or tits it winds up costing you money.  All in all I like todays cars more. 


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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2014, 08:05:24 PM »
Even the lowly Ford Maverick of the late 70s looked better.


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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2014, 08:07:10 PM »
Ah, the 80s.   The only thing that sucked worse than the cars was the hair bands.

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2014, 09:49:42 PM »
Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos are awesome.  :) Clapton solo sucks. Listening to his solo crap is like reading an 80's VCR manual repeatedly.  >:D

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My WRX (with only aftermarket front and rear strut tower braces) handles leaps and bounds better on all types of road surfaces, wet or dry.

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2014, 10:41:41 PM »
The WRX is looming as a possible next car. Sounds like a fun drive.  Not the STI version because I cant stand the rear spoiler.

The Mustang of the timeframe accommodated any number of after market stuff,  but factory stock it sucked, IMO.

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2014, 12:17:04 AM »
I thought the Monte Carlos and the Buick Grand National were nice looking cars.
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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2014, 07:51:07 AM »
Yep.   The SS was probably the best looking car of it's era (faint praise indeed).

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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2014, 08:48:47 AM »
Even the lowly Ford Maverick of the late 70s looked better.




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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2014, 09:22:22 AM »
The best cars from that era where from Europe.  Some of my favorites, BMW M6, Mercedes Benz 500sec AMG, Saab 900 spg and Volvo 780.  I have owned and sold everyone of these vehicles. 
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Re: Cars in the 80s
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2014, 10:15:55 AM »
Yes, I love that Volvo.   It has a similar look to the SS.