If you want to be seen driving around in a seriously retro ride, then we suggest a trip to the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana this weekend. The annual Auburn Spring Auction is kicking off with 900 cars hitting the block, including some serious gems of the MTV era.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best and most interesting cars of the 1980s that any Gen-Xer would take over a date with Molly Ringwald.
Crank up the MJ, Devo or Whitesnake and join us for a trip through one awesome era of cars.
1. 1982 DeLorean DMC-12
Because no 1980s car list would be complete without it.
2. 1980 Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am
You can’t have a 1980s car list without a screaming chicken! And this is no regular Trans Am either. The turbocharged model is incredibly rare, featuring a forcefed 4.9-liter V8, rather than the brutish 6.6-liter NA block. Complete with the gold package, that includes both the bird on the hood and the wheels.
3. 1980 Maserati Quattroporte
The was a Maserati Quattroporte before the modern version we know now. Also called the Quattroporte III it makes 255 ho from a V8 engine and is just one of 2,100 QPs ever made.
4. 1981 Ferrari 308 GTS
What car could be more a symbol of the 1980s than this? Imagine driving around in this stunning Italian exotic, just like Tom Selleck did in the TV series Magnum P.I. Better start growing that mustache now!
5. 1984 Avanti Coupe
Certainly not the world’s best looking ride, the Avanti Coupe brought the famous Studebaker design into a new era. The Studebaker Avanti was produced from only 1962 to 1963 but the car continued on after Studebaker’s demise with the Avanti Motor Corporation building the Avanti II in the 1970s and eventually this Avanti III starting in 1981. Just 200 were made in 1984 and this model features a 5.0-liter 305 hp V8 engine!
6. 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix Aerocoupe
What the heck is a Grand Prix Aerocoupe? Well it’s a very rare (just 1225 were ever made) special edition version of the Gran Prix, built as a homologation special so the bodystyle could be used in NASCAR. The only thing you need more than this is to drink some Mello Yello and watch Days of Thunder.
7. 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo Slant Nose Coupe
One of the iconic slant nose models it’s been modified and makes 400 hp from its turbocharged powerplant!
8. 1987 Buick GNX
Yes, it’s the greatest Buick of all time. Hands down. No questions asked. Number 284 of 547 it has just 96 miles on the odometer and is expected to fetch as much as $100,000!
9. 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo.
The second gen Supra Turbo isn’t as highly regarded as the third, but in its day it was a fine turbocharged RWD machine, and a think of beauty. Sadly, this version is not the Targa… and it comes with an automatic. Boo urns.
10. 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Just 7,800 km on this turbocharged 4-cylinder piece of British beauty.
Remember, all of these cars are up for sale and many aren’t nearly as expensive as you might think. Get more info on all of these vehicles here.