The 1980s…forget all of the clichés and look at the cars as they are for a moment, and not just the last few years of the decade, either. Fox Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Cougars and Fairmonts. Third-generation F-bodies and G-bodies, or for a bit more room the B-body from General Motors. Front-wheel-drive, turbocharged Chrysler products that could give the two legends a run for their money. The Spirit AMX, or for you outdoorsy types, the Eagle Wagon. Like pickup trucks? You’re spoiled for choice, no matter if you like them big or small, low or tall. Whether or not you want to admit it, just like all of the mid-1970s sleds that most people wrote off until recently, the 1980s cars are starting to gain some traction after years of being passed over for anything else on the market.
It’s the generational shift. Those who are finally getting some coin together are starting to go after the car they have always dreamed of having, and more often than not it’s a car that is connected to their childhood in some way. For people who are entering their early 30s, that would be cars that were common circa 1990. It’s not hard to understand the appeal of the G-bodies, Fox Mustangs or even some of the wilder Mopars, especially the ones that had “SHELBY” on the body panels, but everything else might warrant an explanation or two, and that just isn’t possible in some cases. Why would somebody build a Mercury Grand Marquis? Maybe because it’s got more in common with old-school muscle-era cars than most 1980s machines do: a full frame, V8 power, and more room after the late 1970s downsizing trend took place.
Maybe I’m tainted…anybody who has been keeping track of what turns my crank when it comes to cars will either agree with what I’m saying, and many who don’t already think that I’m damaged goods upstairs anyways. But I’m just one opinion…and there are many of you out there. So what’s your take: do you see people moving on to Eighties projects now that they are older and not so common, or are the ones we’ve seen so far simply flukes?