Friday, November 12, 2010

What's Your Favorite Sports Car from the 1980s?

Ah, the eighties: the decade that brought us shutter shades, punk rock and the Cadillac Cimarron. Back in the days when greed was good, Frankie said relax and nobody knew where the beef was. It was also a great decade for cars:

The Germans brought us the Porsche 959, the AWD Audi Quattro and the BMW E30 M3. The rest of Europe brought us the insanely awesome Ferrari Testarossa, Lancia Delta Integrale rally champ and the "geography teacher on crack" Saab 900 Turbo.

In the good ol' U.S. of A there was the third generation Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the C4 Corvette and the built-for-NASCAR Buick Grand National. At the same time, the British Isles brought us the wedge shaped Aston Martin Lagonda sports saloon (okay, it was launched in the late 1970s but it was offered throughout the '80s), the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and the Irish-built DeLorean DMC-12.

Oh, and what would the '80s be without Japan's soon-to-be cult hero: the Toyota AE86? Nothing, that's what.

So take your pick. Which of these bad boys is your favorite? Or is there one we've missed? Let us know in the comments. If you have more than one choice, that's okay too. List them all. Though please, don't argue with me over the nationality of the DeLorean. That could take forever to sort out.

By Tristan Hankins