Ten Future Classics from the 1980s
Turn on a Barrett-Jackson or Mecum auction this weekend, and you are bound to see miles of vintage American muscle cross the block. From ’75 Chevy Bel Airs to Pontiac GTOs and Chargers, it’s a muscle car fan’s dream, but these cars cross for a lot of dough, and they won’t be around forever.
So what’s next for car auctions? I won’t even touch the 1970s, but in the 80s things started to change; cars actually became fun and laid the foundation for the amazing sportscars of the 1990s. So, here are 10 future classics from the 1980s. If you own bowling shirts with flames on the sleeves, this list is probably not for you.
Right now, Italian brands like Fiat are finally getting back to classic, small displacement drop-top roadsters, and are looking to the Mazda Miata for inspiration. Well when Mazda first wanted to design a nimble, sporting roadster, the looked to the Brits and the Italians. The Alfa Romeo Spider carried on in the same standard formula from 1966 to 1993. Some were not in love with the cutoff “kamm-tail” but it improved aerodynamics
M3, M5, M6 (where you can find one), you name it! These cars made the daily driver-sportscar a commonplace thing. In fact, these cars will become so sought after, that it will drive up the price of non-M variants of the 3 Series, 5 Series, and 6 Series. Good luck!
The same concept applies to the Gran-Nat and its even more badass sibling, the GNX! On its own, the Regal was case study in “how to build a car so boring it’ll make you cry.” Throw a turbocharged V6 under the hood, and black out EVERYTHING, and you have a screaming good time. Heck, a group of folks loved this car so much they made a documentary on it! (See above)