Cue the Nostalgia! Do You Remember These Car Models from the '80s?


By: Robin Tyler

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The '80s were a much loved decade. If you lived through them, you will certainly remember the colorful clothes, big hair, epic music and a range of incredible cars. Yes, the '80s saw some much-loved models enter the motoring world as well as new updates of older cars to fit in with the big, brash, bold, new decade.

Sure, in terms of motoring, this decade was very different from the '60s and '70s where everybody wanted a muscle car, right? They were one of the dominating forces during those years but not so much during the '80s. In the decade of excess, some things were actually cut back -- like car emissions. Many governments started to think about the environment and cut back on the number of emissions a vehicle was allowed. Gas prices were also fairly high during that time, so car makers started to make vehicles without big booming V8's and started focusing on more fuel-efficient vehicles.

The overall design of cars also changed during the '80s, and many smaller cars became popular all over the world. More futuristic body shapes also became the flavor of the decade.

In this quiz, you will have to identify a range of cars from the '80s from a single image. Think you can do it? Of course, you can!
Good luck!

One of the world's most popular off-roaders, this vehicle sure has some pedigree dating back to the 1940s. Name the make and model.

The Pioneer was a trim package for the Cherokee and was available from 1984 to 1990. It included steel wheels, an AM radio as well as alternate cloth trim with a plaid pattern. In 1988, the Pioneer Olympic was released for just a year. This added air conditioning​.


Despite this car having been named a Car of the Year in 1980, it soon flopped. Do you know the make and model?

Another Chevrolet, another problem it seems. 1980's Motor Trend Car of the Year was discontinued just five years. Why? The Citation was poorly built and suffered from terrible rear brakes. Buyers soon just steered well clear of the model.


A long-running​ French model, this vehicle was also the highest ever selling model for the company. Can you name it?

Not many people know this, but Peugeot is actually the oldest car manufacturer in the world. Their most popular model, the 504, was produced between 1968 and 1983 and is the companies highest selling model.


It was a popular car for police forces around the United States in the 1980s. Can you name this vehicle?

Produced between 1977 and 1988, the Diplomat contested the mid-sized car segment. It is exactly the same car as the Plymouth Gran Fury. The Diplomat came with three engine options - a 3.7-liter straight six, a 5.2-liter V8 or a 5.9-liter V8. Diplomats were a favored vehicle for city police forces around the United States.


British luxury with a hint of Italian flair, can you name this vehicle in the image?

This luxury 2-door saloon was produced by Rolls Royce between 1975 and 1986. It was designed by the legendary Pininfarina design house in Italy, with Paolo Martin the lead designer. This was the first Rolls Royce not designed by the company itself since the World War II.


Wanna go fast? How about 321 km/h? This car could. Can you name it?

Ferrari produced F40’s were produced between 1987 and 1991. Many consider this to be the finest Ferrari ever. The F40 was powered by a 2.9 liter twin turbo V12 capable of producing 471 brake horse power. The F40’s top speed was 321 km/h.


Name the vehicle shown in the image? It first entered the market in 1985.

The Ford Scorpio was a model released in Europe between 1985 to 1998. The first generation, marketed until 1994, was available as either a 4-door saloon, 5-door hatchback or a 5-door estate.


Those lines should be easy to identify... but can you name the vehicle in the image?

A Porsche from the 80's, the 959 was produced for a period of two years between 1986 and 1988 and again from 1992 to 1993. Only 345 were built. It originated as a rally car but 200 production models needed to be built as per FIA rules.


Name the V-8 powered convertible roadster shown in the image?

More than 21,000 of this two-door convertible roadster were sold between 1987 and 1993. It was built to compete with two-door convertibles of other brands, particularly Mercedes and Jaguar. The Allante had three powerplant options ranging from 4.1 to 4.5-liters, all of them V8s.


Can you name the coupe that appears in this image?

Part of the Volvo 200 series, the 262C was a special edition designed with the help of Italian styling house, Bertone. It was available for a three-year period between 1978 and 1981. It was only available as a coupe which featured some unique styling when compared to its counterparts in the series.


Also marketed in the UK under the Vauxhall brand, this vehicle first started out in the supermini class in 1982. Can you name it?

As part of the supermini class, the Corsa was first introduced in Europe in 1982. Marketed under the Vauxhall badge in the United Kingdom this model was extremely popular from day one.


By the time the 1980s came around, this car was coming to the end of its production run. Can you name this popular British model?

The BGT from MG was part of the BG range. It was produced from 1965 to 1980 and was powered by a 1.8-liter engine. The BGT was a fixed roof 2-door roadster and although the last were turned off the production line in 1980, they remain popular today.


Name this luxury two-door convertible.

The Corniche II was marketed from 1986 to 1989 with additions for the U.S. market, including ABS brakes as well as some interior changes. The Corniche II was only available as a 2-door convertible.


This legendary rally car started its formidable win streak in 1989. Can you name it?

A legendary rally car, the Toyota Celica GT4 and upgrades thereof accumulated 30 rally victories from 1989 to 1995. It also landed four championships during this period for Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen, and Didier Auriol.


Can you name the three-door sports coupe in the image?

The Conquest was essentially a rebadged Mitsubishi Starion and marketed by Chrysler in the United States between 1987 to 1989. This three-door coupe sports car was powered by a 2.6-liter turbocharged engine which produced 145 brake horsepower.


Name the off-roader shown in this image?

Produced between 1988 and 1991, the Chevrolet K5 Blazer was a capable off-road vehicle. Blazers offered four-wheel drive with either a 5.7 liter or 6.2 small block Chevrolet engine. The suspension came in the form of leaf springs, both front and back, which helped the Blazer’s frame-on-body design, adding much stability.


It was one of the most famous models of a car series first launched in Europe. Can you name the car in the image?

The first generation of BMW's famed 3 series was released in 1975 and remained in production until 1983. More than 1.3 million were built and included a convertible model designed with the help of Baur Coachbuilders.


Can you name this Japanese sedan first produced in 1987?

This 3-door sports coupe formed part of the Mazda fleet from 1987 to 1989. It was powered by two engine options, the top of the range being a double overhead cam 1500cc powerplant with either an automatic or manual transmission.


A full-sized luxury car, can you name this vehicle from the United States?

Produced for a 20- year period from 1981 to 2001, the Town Car was a Lincoln model in the luxury full-size car segment. Three generations of this vehicle were produced over the two decades the Town Car was marketed.


Can you name this Australian vehicle first released in the 1980s?

First released in 1982, the Holden Shuttle was based on the Isuzu Fargo van. It had two engine options, a 1.8-liter gas engine and 2.0-liter diesel engine.


What is the name of this race car that raced in America in the IMSA championship during the 1980s?

After they moved out of the rally circuit following the demise of Group B racing in the mid-1980s, Audi turned its attention to something new. The result was the 90 GTO which raced in the IMSA championship in the United States. Although it did not win the championship, it did come close with Hans-Joachim Stuck at the wheel.


Sharing its name with a gun, this two-door coupe was produced between 1987 and 1996. Can you name it?

Designed by Jerry Palmer, the Baretta, a front-wheel-drive two-door coupe based on the Chevrolet L body platform, was manufactured between 1987 and 1996. It offered seven engine options with the most powerful a 3.1-liter V6.


It was produced for only two years. Can you name this vehicle from the '80s?

Only in production between 1981 and 1983, the Dodge 400 was eventually merged into the Dodge 600. It was available as both a two-door convertible or coupe or a four-door sedan. The convertible version was the first released by the company in 10 years.


Name the vehicle in this image.

When Acura was first launched in 1986, this was one of only two models offered. The first generation Legend was powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine. It produced around 150 brake horsepower. One further generation followed before production ended in 1996.


With a formidable history backing it, this off-road brand is sought after around the world. Name this '80s model.

Based on the Wagoneer platform, the Grand Wagoneer was introduced by Jeep in 1984. By 1987, the 25th anniversary of the Wagoneer design, the Grand Wagoneer came standard with all-weather tires, air conditioning, leather bucket seats, roof racks, fog lamps and many other features. It also included a hood ornament.


This 3-door hatchback coupe was produced in Australia. Can you name it?

Based on an Isuzu model of the same name, the Holde Piazza was marketed between 1981 and 1992. It was available as a 3-door hatchback coupe and 3-door wagon.


British luxury at its finest, can you name the make and model?

Built between 1980 and 1999, the Silver Spirit is the epitome of luxury. Four distinct marks were produced in this vehicle's 19-year history with the first version, the Mark I, powered by a 6.75 L Rolls-Royce L410 V8 engine.


Name this vehicle of which 120,000 units were built between 1982 to 1990.

First marketed in 1982, more than 120,000 MG Metros were built until 1990 when the model was discontinued. The Metro was powered by a 1.3-liter engine and was based on the Austin Metro.


It was first marketed toward the end of the 1980s. Can you name this van?

After the Astro failed to gain any significant foothold into Chrysler's domination of the minivan market in the late '80s, Chevrolet turned to the Lumina APV. Built between 1989 and 1996, Chevrolet marketed the Lumina as an 'All Purpose Vehicle.' Initially, the Lumina was severely underpowered but improvements were made.


Can you name the vehicle in this image? It was the largest car produced by a certain automaker from 1983 to 1993.

The Fifth Avenue badge had formed part of other Chrysler marques over the years but between 1983 and 1993, it was its own model. They were powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine which produced 140 brake horsepower. As Chrysler's largest car during these years, the Fifth Avenue proved popular with 100,000 sold in 1985 alone.


This luxury vehicle comes from a famous European manufacturer. Can you name it?

First introduced in 1989, the first generation 8 Series was marketed as a Grand Tourer and powered by either a V8 or V12 engine.


A Paris-Dakar winner in 1985, what was this off-roader called?

Also known as the Pajero in parts of the world, this Mitsubishi model has an excellent off-road pedigree and won the Paris-Dakar rally on its third attempt in 1985. The current models are powered by a range of power plants, including a 3.8 Liter V6.


First released in 1982, this remains a very popular Japanese sedan in the United States. Can you name it?

Released in the compact car market in 1982, the first generation of the Toyota Camry was marketed until 1986 and was powered by a range of 1.8- and 2.0-liter gas or diesel engines.


Known more for its sports cars, in the mid-'80s this Italian company produced a behemoth of an off-road vehicle. Do you know the name of the model and the maker?

Known for its sports cars, the LM002 was a massive departure for Lamborghini. It was built between 1986 and 1993 with 328 made. Pirelli was commissioned to make custom tires for the vehicle.


A long-running Australian model, this vehicle is a ________?

Also marketed under the name Kingswood, the Belmont was produced in Australia from 1968 to 1984. It was available as a pickup truck or Ute (the Australian term for pickup) until 1974 and then the badge was only used on sedans and station wagons.


Can you name the 1980's vehicle in the image?

From 1987 until 1992, the Brougham saw sales of more than 220,000 units. This popular Cadillac was a full-size luxury 4-door sedan with three powerplant options, all above 5.0-liters and all V8s.


It was a formidable rally car from the Group B Championship in the 1980s. Can you name this vehicle?

The Peugeot 205 T16 took part in the now-defunct Group B Rally world championship. In the hands of drivers Juha Kankkunen, Ari Vatanen, and Timo Salonen, the 205 was formidable and wracked up 16 victories in three years from 1984.


It was a popular model in both Europe and the United States. Can you name this car from one of America's 'Big Three' automakers?

The Granada was marketed as a mid-sized car in the United States between 1975 and 1982. It came in many guises, including a 2 and 4-door sedan, station wagon, and a 2-door coupe. The second and final generation, built between 1981 and 1982, featured straight-six, V6 or V8 engine options.


Can you name the maker and model of the hatchback shown in the image?

Also known as the Tutto or Trendy, this three or five-door hatchback was first marketed in 1984. Engine options on the Justy included either a 1.0 or 1.1-liter petrol driven capable of producing around 50 brake horsepower. Justys marketed in the United States included a 4WD option, believe it or not.


A popular two-seater, what is the name of this mid-engined model?

This two-seat mid-engined model was produced by Toyota from 1984 for three generations. The MR2 was an abbreviation for mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-seater.


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