Was the 80’s The Death of the American Petrolhead – Part 3 (Final)

I was scrolling through the brochures to see if I absent annihilation interesting. Ford doesn’t assume to accept abounding absorbing cars sadly. Again I came beyond the EXP. It looks like a awe-inspiring aggregate of the Mustang and the RX-7. Apparently this car was a “sports compact” and it ran from 1982 to 1988. It aggregate wheelbase and powertrain with the Ford Escort, the EXP was longer, lower and added aerodynamic than its 5 bench counterpart.

In bandage with the aboriginal bearing Escort, the EXP was produced in a adaptation from 1982 to 1985, ability a facelift during the 1985 archetypal year. The archetypal was alone afterwards the 1988 archetypal year. Although, not advised to alter the EXP (as it was originally advised to become the 1989 Ford Mustang), the 1989 Ford Probe would become the next foreground caster drive sports auto awash by Ford. It was aswell alleged the Mercury LN7.

The Mercury LN7 was aswell foreground caster drive. Almost like a foreground caster drive Fiat X1/9. Wait, could it be? 9 additional 3 is 12 bare 2 is 10. Foreground caster drive is 2 caster drive. There are three belletrist in “EXP”.

There are four belletrist in Ford, 10 bare 4 is 6. There are 8 belletrist in “Bentley”; they alone the EXP afterwards the 88th archetypal year. The Bentley EXP 10 Acceleration 6 won a architecture accolade at Villa D’Este on May 26th. The Continental has a W12 engine.

The ’89 Mustang was initially traveling to be a redesigned EXP. The EXP had 3 models which were Standard, Affluence and Turbo. The Mercury LN7 Had 10 slits in the grill, compared to the EXP’s 2. I anticipation so, Ford and Bentley are illuminati confirmed…

But in all seriousness, it was a appealing active car with 120 hp from a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine with the turbo coupe. It was (like abounding cars on this list) absolute light. It alone advised 2,047 pounds.

But like Chrysler, there was abundant added to come…

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

So, we accept the a lot of accessible car here. (Outside of the Vette), this has to be here. While this is addition what I said earlier, it aswell isn’t because this is the IROC-Z28. This is the absorbing one.

It’s abundant added than the Mustang, alignment from 3,086 to 3,362. Abundant like the Mustang, it had a deluge of engines. Actuality is the account of engines.

1982-1985: 2.5 L LQ8 / LQ9 Iron Duke I4

1982-1984: 2.8 L LC1 V6

1985-1989: 2.8 L LB8 V6

1990-1992: 3.1 L LH0 V6

1982-1983: 5.0 L LU5 Small-Block V8

1982-1987: 5.0 L LG4 Small-Block V8

1983-1986: 5.0 L L69 Small-Block V8

1988-1992: 5.0 L LO3 Small-Block V8

1985-1992: 5.0 L LB9 Small-Block V8

1987-1992: 5.7 L L98 Small-Block V8

Much like the Mustang, it had absolutely a few transmissions as well. Either a 4 or 5 acceleration chiral or a 3 to 4 acceleration automatic. Like the Mustang, you could get a convertible or auto variant. But there was no fastback. The new Camaro accustomed absolute reviews for its administration and administration but was aswell criticized for the low ability ratings for the Camaro Z28.

But this isn’t the car that bent my eye, nope.

it’s a Chevrolet Citation. I know, I know!!! You don’t like the Citation, this one’s altered however. It’s the X-11, the adventurous one.

With the achievement added Citation X-11, Chevrolet capital to admonish the car affairs accessible this foreground caster drive newcomer was fabricated by the aforementioned humans as the Corvette and Camaro. They even went to chase it in the SCCA! “The SCCA classified the X-11 in Showroom Stock B class. In 1981, the X-11 got itself to SSB National Championships in 1982 and 1984. Impressive right?

You could get it with either a 4 acceleration chiral or a 3 acceleration automatic. You aswell got action blazon suspension, Goodyear P205/70R-13 white able tires with assemblage rim trim and a rear spoiler.

You could aswell get the Pontiac 2.5-liter 4 cyl Iron Duke or the alternative Chevrolet 2-bbl LE2 2.8-liter V6 engine that produced 115 hp (86 kW). Afterwards in its life, the Citation X-11 got a administration advancement as well.

This is the fourth gen Monte Carlo, the SS belief in at 3,239. This weight makes it lighter than the heaviest Camaro, but not by much. This had abounding engines, so abounding so I can’t be agitated to account them XD. Interestingly abundant in 1985, they adored the advantage for a T–Top. I assumption T–Tops were a 80’s thing? It aswell had P205/70R-14 Goodyear Eagle GT tires.

For 1986, there were four audible physique styles available. The abject archetypal Action Auto was still accessible with the aforementioned accepted physique panels that it had aback 1981, but featured new “aero” ancillary mirrors agnate to those on Camaros and Chevrolet Corvette of the 1980’s.

Sadly, the afterwards ancestors of the Monte Carlo got worse and catastrophe up getting just an Impala Auto in 2006.

GMC had something up its sleeves though…

Manufacturer: GMC

The Syclone! That’s right! Did you anticipate I was traveling to let this one slide? Nope! This was a adversary to the Shelby Dakota apparent beforehand on.

Both the Syclone and Typhoon trucks featured a Mitsubishi sourced turbocharger and Garrett intercooler. They were absorbed to a V6 engine with different pistons, arch gaskets, assimilation manifolds and bankrupt manifolds. All Syclones and Typhoons had a 4-speed automated transmission. With a rear caster bent (aka ability distribution). Both trucks featured action modifications to the accepted suspensions. The Syclone was the aboriginal assembly barter to accept a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system. Output was 280 hp and 350 lb∙ft. The Syclone (when new) was able of accelerating from 0 – 60 mph in 5.3 abnormal and could do a analysis mile run in 14.1 abnormal at 93 mph.

This was a hot little pickup. While it was built-in afterwards the 80’s, it still had the 80’s spirit coursing through its veins.

Manufacturer: Pontiac

Ah the Fiero. Some would say it’s the “poor man’s Ferrari”. Others would go as far as adage it’s the “poor man’s MR2”. Whatever you anticipate of it, this was an oddball. The Fiero was conceived as a small, two-seater sports car with all new abeyance and V6 engine. While Accepted Motors administration and accountants were against to advance in a additional two-seater sports car that ability attempt with the Corvette, they perceived the oil crisis as a bazaar befalling for a ammunition able adventurous driver car.

To this end, the Fiero was re-designed to use a ammunition able adaptation of GM’s 2.5 L four cylinder,”Iron Duke” engine able of 27 mpg-US in the city-limits and 40 mpg-US on the artery with the abridgement arrangement chiral option.

Sadly, the Fiero isn’t the fastest of all the baby cars. But the owners are some of the a lot of loyal that you can appear across. This makes it a design in the rough.

No, this isn’t the “Smokey and the Bandit” bearing of Trans Am. But it’s still an absorbing car nonetheless. If anything, this is in actuality acknowledgment than its Camaro twin.

The 3rd Bearing of Firebirds consisted of three models: Firebird, Firebird S/E, and Firebird Trans Am. The Firebird was the abject archetypal agnate to the Camaro Action Coupe; the Firebird S/E was the affluence version; and the Trans Am, the top achievement version. Though, it was a abundant car compared to added cars in this article, belief in at 3,170 pounds. This bearing of Firebird and Camaro were slower if compared to their heritage; they weren’t all bad either.

Manufacturer: AMC

Yep, while the Gremlin died 2 years afore the bearing of the 80’s, it had its spirit. In its final year of 1978, the Gremlin accustomed a bulk of changes, but barter on a tighter account could still get a accepted six butt abject archetypal Gremlin for beneath $3,400.

At mid–season, a GT amalgamation became accessible with a foreground addle-brain and flared caster openings as on the 1978 AMX. The GT added an aluminum bury to the apparatus console which was powered by the 258 cu in (4.2 L) I6 as standard, and had its own bandage scheme: a advanced bandage stripe, categorical by a attenuated one, ran aback from the foreground fenders and widened aft of the rear analysis windows.

While a lot of humans abhorrence this car, it’s in actuality appealing good. And nowadays is a collectible.

This did the Subaru affair did afore Subaru! AMC predated them by 17 years… Let that bore in…

This was the aboriginal Subaru 22B. The AMC Eagle was versatile, abundantly quick, absorbing and absolute actual cool. This is giving me the consequence of a branch Road annihilate car. Now (thankfully) this came with an barefaced bulk of engines. Actuality is the list.

150 cu in (2.5 L) AMC I4

151 cu in (2.5 L) GM Iron Duke I4

258 cu in (4.2 L) AMC I6

219 cu in (3.6 L) VM I6 turbo diesel

You could accept amid a 4 acceleration or 5 acceleration manual. You could get a 3 acceleration automatic… But it was for the turbo agent only.

For 1981, AMC launched the Eagle SX/4 and Kammback; these were both 4×4 versions of the AMC Spirit. The Spirit itself was a revised AMC Gremlin with beyond rear analysis windows. SX/4 getting abate than the Concord based Eagles, advised in at 3,033 lb – about 230 lb beneath – and got bigger breadth with the automatic. Griffith fabricated a bound bulk of Eagle and Concord “Sundancer” convertibles, with anchored Targa band, disposable T-tops and droppable canvas rear top.

For 1982, Eagles could be switched from four caster drive to rear caster drive with “Select Drive.” This was a beneath adult system, but beneath big-ticket as well. Drivers had to stop the car to shift, but did not accept to leave the car to use the “fingertip control” lever. It retained the controlled blooper cogwheel and accustomed for somewhat college gas breadth in rear caster drive mode.

Much like abounding of the added cars on this list, they went antagonism with it. Gene and Gary Henderson raced an Eagle SX/4 (née Spirit) in the SCCA Pro Rally. Sadly, afterwards the Eagle (and absolute abundant the Eagle SX/4), AMC was killed.

Now, we’re traveling to get into the 80’s humans remember. Stuff like the Dodge Mirada, Aries K, Celebrity, Cavalier and so on and so forth.

Disclaimer I’m not adage I don’t like these cars, but these are some of the cars humans apish and about say are the acumen as to why the 80’s were awful.

Also, there are two cars per manufacturer, because it’s harder to acquaint humans the 80’s were acceptable than bad. After added delay, let’s get into it.

Manufacturer: Dodge

Ah the Diplomat, with its absorbing address it handled the 80’s in a chic way such as aimless through the streets in a clothing with a top hat. Starting with the 1977 archetypal year, the Diplomat became a abounding archetypal line, rather than as the name of a accurate physique style. It was a longer, adherent up¬market adaptation of the F-body Aspen. The anatomy and automated apparatus are identical, and doors and assorted added physique panels are interchangeable. It aswell had three engines, 225 cu in (3.7 L) Slant 6 I6, 318 cu in (5.2 L) LA V8 and 360 cu in (5.9 L) LA V8 and abounding transmissions.

4 – acceleration A833 manual

3 – acceleration A727 automatic

3 – acceleration A904 automatic

3 – acceleration A999 automatic

Sadly, humans alone see this as a granddads car.

The Aries, a car that gets added abhorrence again it absolutely deserves. The Reliant replaced the Plymouth Volaré/Road Runner. The Aries replaced the Dodge Aspen. Admitting agnate in exoteric admeasurement to a bunched car, the Reliant’s autogenous aggregate and six commuter basement gave it a mid¬size appellation from the EPA. That’s appealing acceptable for a baby car.

The Reliant and the Aries awash 150,000 units in 1981. Like a lot of 80’s Dodges, it was absolute light. It was alone 2,300 pounds. By comparison, the Lotus Evora weighs 3,049 pounds… Do you charge some time?

You charge addition comparison? NB Miata. 2,348 pounds.

Sinking in… Still biconcave in… And yet, even with this. Humans still apish this vehicle.

Manufacturer: Ford

The Pinto which is accepted for an atomic rear end has been alleged “the a lot of alarming car in the world”. My grandmother even had this car. Does that accomplish it a bad car? No, why? If that fabricated it the a lot of alarming car in the world, we would’ve included the Ferrari 458 Italia (for agnate reasons). We would accept included Pagani. I could go on. But you get the point.

Much like the Chevette, this car was ablaze belief 2,015-2,270 lbs. It was aswell accompanying to the Mustang II. It’s a abashment we don’t see these antagonism about Laguna Seca.

The Ford LTD Crown Victoria – In 1979, the Crown Victoria name was active by Ford (from the aboriginal 1955-56 top of the ambit Fairlane coupe) for the high akin trim amalgamation on the Ford LTD replacing the LTD Landau. These cars had a Targa like chrome bandage beyond the roof usually commutual with a Landau vinyl roof. While the chrome bandage was different to the LTD Crown Victoria, the vinyl roof was a accepted advantage on its Lincoln Mercury counterparts, the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car. The car was accessible in Coupe, Sedan, and Station Wagon physique styles through 1987. This (unlike abounding vehicles) alone got two engines and one transmission.

Both of the engines were V8s and you could alone get a 4 acceleration automatic. While these are still used, they are alone acclimated as commuters.

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Celebrity, while I did accomplish a abnegation earlier. I do not like this car, but instead of antisocial on it, I’m traveling to accord you some information. The Chevrolet Celebrity was based on the foreground caster drive A-body belvedere aggregate with the Buick Century, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera and the Pontiac 6000.

GM had ahead acclimated the “Celebrity” name as a physique appearance appellation on pillared Oldsmobile Sedans in the 1960s. This car was aswell foreground caster drive and mostly has V6 engines with one getting an I4. It even had a Eurosport Variant. No one gives this car a additional charter on life.

The Chevette, a far cry from the absolute Vette. Not to be mistaken for a Pet. Admitting annihilation to Fret, as it’s not a Vette. (like that? I anticipation it was appealing good.)

The Chevette is a ablaze car belief alone 2,035lbs. It had three engines, admitting all of them were four cylinders. The Chevette itself was initially accessible alone as a two aperture auto with a 1.4 L OHV or 1.6 LOHC gasoline inline four engine. Engines produced from 53 to 60 application active the rear wheels. A four acceleration chiral chiral was accepted while a three acceleration automated chiral was optional.

Along with the others though. This is the accountable of ridicule.

Manufacturer: Buick

The Buick Electra, no! It’s not an electric car. (Though you’d be forgiven cerebration so accustomed the name). The Electra you see actuality is the sixth generation. This car alone came with three V6 engines and a 4 acceleration automatic.

Unlike a lot of cars on this commodity though, it’s not light. It weights amid 3,300-3,600 pounds. Ouch! You could aswell get a auto though. The continued active Electra name was alone from Buick’s calendar at the end of the 1990 archetypal year.

Starting in 1991, “Park Avenue” became a audible archetypal instead of a trim appellation as it had been in the past. Still, not a abhorrent car though.

The Buick Century, the car that didn’t endure for even bisected a century. This car alone had V6s except for two I4’s. It came in coupe, auto and wagon physique styles. It had two 4 acceleration automated transmissions and a 3 acceleration automatic. The Aeon accustomed a facelift for 1989. It afflicted the physique a bit. It was accustomed a added angled roof bandage but annihilation drastic.

I anticipate it would be appealing absorbing to see this upgraded and again acclimated as taxis. (Given the actuality a lot of 80’s cars accept a costly ride).

Manufacturer: Chrysler

The 5th Avenue, the car with class, appearance and I abominable it. “That car is such a granddads car”. You aswell got two engines – A 5.2 L LA V8, it aswell had a 225 cu in (3.7 L) I6. It aswell had two 3 acceleration automatics. This would aswell accomplish an absorbing Auto car or maybe an Uber vehicle. Either way, this car has a lot of potential.

The Fifth Avenue far outsold its Dodge Diplomat and Plymouth Grand Fury siblings, with a abundant greater admeasurement of sales traveling to clandestine barter admitting its college amount tag. Assembly ailing at 118,000 cars for 1986 and the Fifth Avenue stood out in a by now K-¬car bedeviled calendar as Chrysler’s abandoned acknowledgment to acceptable RWD American sedans.

Although it takes a accomplished eye to bolt changes in the M-body Fifth Avenue, there were a few during its six year run.

Yes, Chrysler did an E-Class which is not to be abashed with the Mercedes version.

Though Chrysler’s E-Class is a affluence vehicle. If I was researched and apparent in Wikipedia it declared it was accompanying to the Dodge 600. You may be apprehensive “what’s so absorbing about that?”

Look at the E–Class. It looks like a added adequate Lancer. Apparently, it’s an E–body. Whereas the Lancer is an H–body. An absorbing little actuality isn’t it? The Chrysler E–Class was a midsize car. Introduced in 1983 on a continued adaptation of the Chrysler K platform, the E-Class was a beneath expensive, beneath able adaptation of the agnate 1983 New Yorker.

It was targeted at those who capital Chrysler affluence at a added affordable amount than the flagship New Yorker. Due to this reason, the E-Class is the backup for the 1981 Newport which ahead was Chrysler’s cheaper and added basal adaptation of the New Yorker.

The E-Class was originally to be alleged the “Grand LeBaron”. About Chrysler absitively to name it “E-Class” in advertence to the new E-platform.

Ironically, it looks like the Chrysler LeBaron GTS. (The LeBaron is in actuality based off the Lancer). I assumption Chrysler did get the LeBaron name on a Sedan. Either way, this would be forgotten. Never to accept its abeyant in actuality used.

Manufacturer: Lincoln

Up next is the Lincoln Continental Mark VII. Continued name right? Appealing acceptable searching car! However, it’s not a ablaze car belief in at 3,748 pounds.

To put that into perspective, a Challenger V6 weighs just beneath than 4,000 pounds. Anyway, this car had two engines – an A 4.9cc (302 cu in) Windsor V8 and a 2.4cc (149 cu in) BMW M21 TD I6. (I acquisition that I6 to be interesting). It aswell (unsurprisingly) had two 4 acceleration automatics.

The Continental Mark VII, afterwards beneath to just Mark VII, is a rear caster drive affluence auto that was produced by Lincoln. Introduced in August 1983 for the 1984 archetypal year, the Continental Mark VII aggregate its belvedere with the Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Cougar, and Lincoln Continental (the Ford Fox belvedere from the cipher name of the aboriginal affairs application the platform).

Can I just add, some of the cars in this account went through added than 3 factories… Talk about a decay of aborigine dollars. Aside from that though, we will never see a adapted adaptation fabricated into the absolute cruiser.

Our additional in this cast is Lincoln Versailles addition continued name and aswell a continued car. The Lincoln Versailles is a bunched affluence car that was marketed by the Lincoln analysis of Ford Motor Company. A re¬badged alternative of the Mercury Monarch and Ford Granada, the Lincoln Versailles was awash from the 1977 to the 1980 archetypal years.

It’s aswell heavy.. absolutely heavy, belief in at 3,827-3,915 pounds.

During the mid¬ 1970s, the Lincoln analysis of Ford approved to aggrandize its archetypal ambit for assorted reasons. In allegory to the four audible affluence archetypal curve offered by Cadillac and the three offered by Chrysler (including Imperial), Lincoln offered alone two audible archetypal curve in 1975.

While sales of ample affluence cars went on to backlash afterwards the 1973 oil crisis, its appulse advance to the acceleration of alien cars. While it may not accept done awfully able-bodied then, it could accept abeyant now.

You’re apparently apprehensive what my point is in all this. I’m traveling to explain and stop disturbing you with history…

You see. 80’s cars (as I said at the abroad beginning) either are hated or dissed upon. A lot of of the time, not for acceptable affidavit such as ‘It’s Wrong Caster Drive” or “They are animal aboveboard boxes”, annihilation of that sort. Nor does anyone see the Abeyant they hold.

Look at the Buick Electra, cut the rear allocation of the roof off, accessible up the block and you accept yourself a Ute. Just anticipate about it, a Cobalt SS powered Buick Electra Ute. Or even an LS powered Electra Ute or a Dodge Shadow chase car that isn’t acclimated for banger racing.

The opportunities these cars present is added than you’d think. Accept any of you apparent Pizza Hut’s new supply car? It’s a Chevrolet atom with an oven in it. That could’ve been a adequate Lincoln Versailles with an oven in the back. This car is air-conditioned down the artery after a gangsta appearance lowrider.

Just benumbed in appearance while carrying pizzas and added pizzas again the Atom could handle at that.

Or yield the Chevette and about-face it into the absolute convenance car for stunts. 80’s American cars aren’t awful. They’re a canvas for the acuteness to run agrarian with. It doesn’t yield abundant to about-face these abandoned beasts into something amazing.

So please, stop the abhorrence and use your acuteness to accomplish them whatever you want. A assemblage car, a auto you name it!