The 80s were quite the time to be alive. Flashing colors, crazy clothing, new types of entertainment and media, and the beginning of modern sports cars. Some of the products to come out during this era have been immortalized in pop culture, including the litany of cars at the time.
Manufacturers all around the world were competing for both customers and race wins in multiple different series. This heavy competition and different styles in each country lead to some of the most beautiful and innovative vehicles to have ever been made. However, for every outstanding masterpiece, there are at least a dozen or so vehicles with less flair and utility. With all of this in mind, here are five of the most legendary cars to ever be produced in the 1980s, and five that definitely didn't cut it.
10 Legendary: BMW E30 M3
Argued by many BMW aficionados to be the best BMW ever made, there can be no doubt that the E30 M3 is certainly a legend. E30, if you're unaware, is the body designation for the style those year M3's were made: From 1982 to 1994.
The M3's wonderfully tuned 4-cylinder "S14" engine is a great mix for the small and maneuverable body of the E30. With this power combo, BMW entered the E30 into a lot of racing series during its time, proving that the E30 M3 was a force to be reckoned with.
9 Not-So-Great: Maserati Biturbo
The brand Maserati typically inspires feelings of luxury or opulence, however, this isn't always the case. Even great companies have flops, and the Maserati Biturbo is one of them. Although the Biturbo had the Maserati badge and looks, it did not have the reliability.
The Biturbo was horribly built and incredibly unreliable. It was prone to frequent breakdowns and needing small repairs to simply function properly. Due to this failure, it is fairly cheap to purchase now and virtually unheard of.
8 Legendary: Porsche 944
The Porsche 944 may fly slightly under the radar of the average car lover, but, rest assured, it is still very much there. The 944 can be relatively easy to purchase even now, a good one can be bought for the same price as (if not less than) the average sedan.
The Porsche 944 had its fingers in lots of motorsports pies, even participating in Rallycross and Hill Climbs. Its unique design and tuned 4-cylinder gave the driver a reliable M.P.G., a comfortable drive to the grocery store, and the potential to speed around the track.
7 Not-So-Great: Geo Metro
Don't be fooled. This is not a giant Fisher Price Cart, it's the Geo Metro. This incredibly small vehicle was not only horrible to look at, but terribly slow. The Geo Metro has no 'get up and go' to it, with a 0-60 of over sixteen seconds.
Marketed to be a cheap city driving vehicle, it ended up being not much more than a glorified Flintstones car that belongs in a museum.
6 Legendary: Ferrari Testarossa
For anybody who has seen Miami Vice, you know exactly why the Testarossa is on this list. Even if you haven't, the Ferrari Testarossa undoubtedly played a role in pop culture for many during that decade. After its debut and success in the Miami Vice TV show, the Testarossa became an icon that still makes its appearance today on album covers and posters globally.
The Testarossa's aesthetically pleasing curves and long side vents are just a fraction of the features that make it so memorable and beloved by so many during the 80s.
5 Not-So-Great: Morris Marina
Top Gear fans may be familiar with the Morris Marina, with co-host James May's constant joking and subsequent love for the model.
The Morris Marina was all kinds of questionable, but apparently it has a fan club who really like it. They even went as far as to harass Top Gear and the BBC for destroying it. Hopefully it's all a big joke, because there seems to be no way a car this bad could have this large of a following.
4 Legendary: Lamborghini Countach
Like the Ferrari Testarossa, the Lamborghini Countach was the subject of many childhood bedroom posters. If there is anything that Lamborghini knows how to do, it's rival Ferrari and make rolling works of art.
The Countach had a "wedge" design, with a flat point towards the front and a huge rear spoiler. This would lead most to think that it's aerodynamic, but it's about as streamlined as a brick. That never bothered anyone, though. After all, the term "form over function" applies to both Lamborghini and the majority of the 1980s.
3 Not-So-Great: Pontiac Fiero
The Pontiac Fiero is about as well known as the Countach, except it is more infamous than famous. Pontiac, seeing the success of mid-engine European sports cars, figured they would give rear-mounted engine setups a go, but failed miserably.
The Fiero was prone to catching fire and breakdowns in general. Along with this, it couldn't come anywhere near the likes of Ferrari or Lamborghini in terms of speed.
2 Legendary: Ferrari F40
The last Ferrari ever overseen by company creator Enzo Ferrari was the F40, and it shows. The F40 is a literal masterpiece; it stirs the emotions of every Ferrari fan and sends them into wonder over what owning/driving something like that would be like. Its presence draws all attention, with its huge rear wing, bright red color, sleekness, and angry disposition.
The F40 was among the rare group of cars that could reach the 200 miles per hour goal during the time and was lauded as a work of technological genius. It still is today. The F40 has multiple different versions: Some racing exclusively on track while others (Like the F40 LM) had street-legal alternatives who could enjoy the best of both worlds.
1 Not-So-Great: Yugo
Designed in the U.S.S.R., the Yugo (Funnily enough pronounced "You Go") was the definition of bare minimum. The interior had cardboard filling the trims and cheap plastics and metals everywhere.
The engine was a meager 1300 cc pea-shooter and couldn't go fast at all. Everyone had the same Yugo. No real differences between any of them in terms of visuals, but each was certainly different in regards to build specs and reliability.