The Coolest Cars From The 1980s Shouldn’t Be Forgotten

It seems as if everything was better back in the 80s, from music all the way to automobiles. The 1980s were an amazing decade for car lovers, that’s for sure. The hard-edged exterior design complete with pop-up headlights, paired with a retro-futuristic interior still appeals to lots of car enthusiasts today. Check out 40 of the coolest cars that debuted in the 1980s, ranging from tiny Japanese roadsters all the way to American pickup trucks.

Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

The boxy, third generation of the Chevrolet Camaro debuted back in 1982. The car was nothing like its predecessor, and the souped-up Z28 variant was quickly titled the Car Of The Year by Motor Trend. A dramatic change in exterior design seemed to appeal to buyers, as Chevrolet sold over 170,000 Camaros in 1982.

1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z28
Barrett-Jackson via Getty Images
Barrett-Jackson via Getty Images

Three years after the car’s debut, Chevrolet unveiled the IROC-Z trim as an extra option available for the Z28 version of the car. The car featured an enhanced suspension system, as well as decals and wheels unique to the IROC-Z.