Even if you weren’t around in the 80s, there’s something about looking at the aesthetic from that era that brings about a certain sense of nostalgia and longing. That’s especially true of the cars from the time, which boasted some of the coolest designs of the last century. If you’re looking to own a little piece of that retro history yourself, be sure to look at the following models that, while looking amazing, won’t burn too big a hole in your wallet.
1980 Ford Pinto
If you forget about the danger and the terrible accidents that had wrongful death law firms from the time getting involved in court battles surrounding earlier Ford Pinto models, this car was actually pretty cool to look at. The 1980 model Pinto marked the end of this car’s manufacturing run, but was perhaps one of best in terms of body design, and certainly had an aesthetic that bridged the gap from the late 70s to early 80s.
1985 Lincoln Town Car
Not to make light of a serious topic, but when you’ve been injured in a car accident the last thing you want to be is uncomfortable. That’s why you’ll want to cruise around in inexpensive luxury, courtesy of a model like the 1985 Lincoln Town Car. For the time, the model was full on style in a mass produced (but still classy) package. Nowadays, you can find one of these old big body vehicles for a few hundred to a few thousand bucks.
1984 Buick Estate Wagon
Is there anything more 80s than a Buick station wagon? The 1984 Estate in particular exemplified the style of that fully stocked and superbly comfortable family vehicle — that big, Buick V8 engine, the spacious interior, the boxy body design. Sure, you probably won’t get any awards for best looking vehicle if you ride around town in this one, but you can snag one for a bargain and be pleased that you got the most American wagon you could find.
1982 Chevrolet Camaro
There’s something distinct about that 80s, American power car look that’s oddly endearing. The 1982 Chevrolet Camaro is probably the best example of this old school aesthetic, and its inclusion in plenty of popular media from the time has solidified that iconic visual appeal. It’s not the only option you’ll find if you’re fond of this style, though, so if you can’t track down an 80s Camaro, you’ll probably still be content with an 80s Firebird or even a Corvette.