Can You Identify All Of These 80s Cars?

Robin Tyler

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About This Quiz

One photo. With just that as your guide, are you able to identify a range of vehicles from the 1980s?

Everybody loves the decade of decadence, don't they? Think of the music, the fashion and the cars. OK, forget the fashion, that was a little tragic but the music and above all else, the cars stand out. Some really iconic vehicles were first introduced in this decade, from sports cars to the birth of the SUV as well as regular sedans and cars for the average Joe.

And for the not-so-average Joes, the 1980s saw a range of luxury models come to prominence from a host of automakers, not only in the United States but in Europe and even Japan. In fact, three Japanese automakers started their luxury lines with just the United States in mind. Yes, that's where their vehicles were first marketed.

We now have taken a host of car models, 40 to be exact and we want to see how many of these 40 you might be able to identify. Don't worry. We'll provide a photo to help you. Or you can read the clue if you're really stumped. 

But it's not that difficult. So, fasten your seat belt, floor the accelerator pedal, burn some rubber and ace this quiz!

Good luck!

Name the luxury car from the 1980s shown in this image, please.

Built between 1980 and 1999, the Silver Spirit is the epitome of luxury. Four distinct marks were produced of this vehicle during its 19-year history with the first version, the Mark I, powered by a 6.75 L Rolls-Royce L410 V8 engine.

An American off-road classic, can you name this make and model?

The Pioneer was a trim package for the Cherokee and was available from 1984 to 1990. It included steel wheels, an AM radio and an alternate cloth trim with a plaid pattern.

You should easily be able to identify this iconic vehicle produced from 1983.

Maurice Wilks designed the first Land Rover in 1947. Over the years, the Land Rover has become a favorite of many with the Defender being one of the company's most iconic models. The first Defender rolled off the production line in 1983 and remained in production until 2016.

The car in this image is a ___________.

Produced for a 20 -ear period from 1981 to 2001, the Town Car was a Lincoln model in the luxury full-size car segment. Three generations of this vehicle were produced over the two decades in which it was marketed.

Can you name this full-sized sedan that was first released in the '80s?

The Maxima, a full-sized sedan, has been a Nissan model since 1981. The second generation of the Maxima, produced from 1985 to 1988, was powered by a 3.0-liter V6 motor. In Japan, another motor, a 2.0-liter V6, was also made available.

Made by a well-known sports car manufacturer, this model was marketed for three years, from 1986 to 1988

A Porsche from the 1980s, the 959 was produced for a period of two years between 1986 and 1988 and again from 1992 to 1993. Only 345 were built. It originated as a rally car but 200 production models needed to be built as per FIA rules.

This small vehicle was brought in to compete with the influx of smaller Japanese vehicles in the United States in the 1980s. Do you know what it is?

The Ford Tempo was an attempt by the American company, Ford, to produce a small vehicle that would compete with Japanese imports in the 1980s. The Tempo was also badged by Mercury under the name Topaz. This compact car was produced from 1983 to 1994.

G'day mate! This model hails from the land Down Under. What is it?

This compact car was sold by Holden in Australia between 1975 and 1986. During this time, there were two generations of the Gemini, both based on an Isuzu platform. The second generation was only available as a four-door sedan after the first had offered a range of body styles.

Any ideas as to the make and model of the vehicle in this image?

The flagship model in the Honda range, the Legend has been in production since 1985. It has taken other name badges around the world, including Acura Legend, RL and RLX as well as Daewoo Arcadia. The Legend is a four-door luxury sedan.

Can you name this car from a well-known British car maker?

The Midget was produced by MG from 1961 to 1980 with four generations produced. A two-door roadster, the last generation was powered by a 1500 cc engine.

This vehicle was based on an Isuzu. Are you able to identify it?

The Rodeo pickup was marketed by Holden for three generations from 1980 to 2008. All vehicles were based on Isuzu models with the third generation essentially the Isuzu D-Max.

This off-roader is the __________.

The Scout was built during the late 1960s into the early 1980s and proved to be a popular off-roader. More than 500,000 were built during this period.

Name this impressive race car, a participant in the IMSA championship in the United States in the '80s.

After they moved out of the rally circuit following the demise of Group B racing in the mid-1980s, Audi turned its attention to something new. The result was the 90 GTO which raced in the IMSA championship in the United States. Although it did not win the championship, it did come close with Hans-Joachim Stuck at the wheel.

Although this vehicle was very popular in Europe, it took some time for it to hit the roads in America. Do you know what it is?

The Ford Escort was first released as a model in Europe in 1964. One of the most iconic Ford brands on the continent, it took until the 1980s before it graced the roads of North America.

This vehicle was first produced in 1968 right until 1983. It was the highest-selling model for the automaker that produced it. Name it, please.

Not many people know it, but Peugeot is the oldest car manufacturer in the world. Their most popular model, the 504, was produced between 1968 and 1983 and is the company's highest-selling model.

Identify this Japanese model, please.

Powered by either a 1.0 or 1.2-liter engine, the Sumo was a microvan released by Subaru between 1983 and 1998. With a five-speed manual gearbox, some even had the option of four-wheel drive.

Can you name this off-road vehicle?

Based on the CJ series, the DJ was a two-wheel drive variant. It was produced from 1955 until 1984. The last model was powered by an AMC straight-4 engine.

Can you name this model from one of America's 'Big 3' auto manufacturers?

Produced for a decade between 1970 and 1980, the Pinto was a Ford model in the subcompact car segment, their first model in this segment in America. It had three body styles - a two-door coupe, station wagon, and three-door hatchback. The Pinto was popular with Ford producing 3 million by 1980 when it was replaced by the Ford Escort.

Name this model, the best-selling car in the United States in 1980.

With sales of 2.8 million over a 12-year period, the Chevette served Chevrolet well in the subcompact class. In fact, in 1979 and 1980, it was the best-selling small car in the United States.

Name this pickup, please.

This truck was Dodge's answer to the heavy trucks of the 1980s produced by Chevrolet and Ford. It was noted for its diesel engine designed by Cummins which up to that point, had only featured in large commercial trucks. The truck proved popular and helped Dodge get some market share in the heavy truck segment.

Name the vehicle in this image, please?

Also known as the Bighorn, the Trooper was produced over two generations from 1981 to 2002. The off-road credentials of the Trooper are born out by the fact that these models won a number of international off-road races.

Any idea as to the make and model of this massive off-road vehicle?

Know for their sports cars, the LM002 was a massive departure for Lamborghini. It was built between 1986 and 1993 with 328 made. Pirelli were commissioned to make custom tires for the vehicle.

Identify this luxury sedan, if you can!

This four-door sedan, marketed by Lexus since 1989, is in its sixth generation and currently features in the mid-size segment. It remains an excellent seller with more than 350,000 sold in the United States alone.

Name this Japanese model, please.

This three-door sports coupe formed part of the Mazda fleet from 1987 to 1989. It was powered by two engine options, the top of the range being a double overhead cam 1500cc powerplant with either an automatic or manual transmission.

Released in the United States in the late 1980s, this model wasn't very popular. Do you know what it is?

Released in the United States between 1987 and 1991 by the Austin Rover Group, the Stirling 800 was based on the Rover 800 but proved to be so unreliable and poorly made that it was a massive flop. Rover never returned to America again after 1991.

Any ideas as to the the name of this successful race car?

The McLaren MP4/4 is possibly the greatest Formula 1 car every built. It won 15 out of 16 races in 1988, giving Ayrton Senna his first world title.

The vehicle in this image is a __________.

Also known as the Pajero in parts of the world, this Mitsubishi model has an excellent off-road pedigree and won the Paris-Dakar rally in 1985, its third attempt. It remains just as popular now as it was in the 1980s.

Name this vehicle, a product of Australia, please.

Marketed between 1982 and 1989, the Holden Camira was a mid-sized 4-door sedan or 5-door station wagon based on the General Motors 'J' body series. It was named after the Aboriginal word meaning "wind."

Now a top seller in America, this model was first introduced in the early 1980s. Any clue as to what it is?

The Japanese automaker introduced the Nissan Sentra in 1982. Over the years, this vehicle, found in the compact car class, has been sold in a number of markets around the world, including America. In fact, it quickly became a top seller in the United States and in 2016, more than 200,000 units were sold. The Sentra is currently in the seventh generation.

This vehicle is marketed by many different names and by different automakers. It fell under the General Motors banner, however. Can you name it?

First introduced in 1982, the Vauxhall Corsa is marketed as the Opel Corsa in Germany.

Identify this off-roader, a popular model since it was first introduced in the 1980s.

Based on the Wagoneer platform, the Grand Wagoneer was introduced by Jeep in 1984. By 1987, the 25th anniversary of the Wagoneer design, the Grand Wagoneer came standard with all-weather tires, air conditioning, leather bucket seats, roof racks, fog lamps and many other features. It also included a hood ornament.

Can you tell us the make and model of the car in this image?

The Barina badge has been part of Holden's vehicle range in Australia since 1984. The Barina is currently a rebadged Chevrolet Aveo, a 5-door hatchback.

Name this successful rally car from the 1980s, please.

The Peugeot 205 T16 took part in the now-defunct Group B Rally world championship. In the hands of driver Juha Kankkunen, Ari Vatanen and Timo Salonen, the 205 was formidable and wracked up 16 victories in three years from 1984.

Are you able to identify this popular Japanese sedan from the 1980s?

Released in the compact car market in 1982, the Toyota Camry has changed over the years and since 1991, the vehicle has found itself in the mid-size car category. In that guise, the Camry has undergone facelifts on six separate occasions. It is an extremely popular model in the United States, selling more than 2 million units in the last five years.

The car in this photo is a _________.

Available in Japan only, the Chaser was produced between 1977 and 2001, first as a compact car and then from 1988, in the mid-sized car segment. The Chaser shared the same chassis with two other Toyota models, the Cressida/Mark II, and the Cresta. Thanks to its front engined, rear-wheel drive layout, the Chaser became a popular car to use for drifting.

This car received some styling from an Italian styling house. Can you identify it?

Part of the Volvo 200 series, the 262C was a special edition designed with the help of Italian styling house Bertone. It was available for a three-year period between 1978 and 1981. It was only available as a coupe which featured some unique styling when compared to its counterparts in the series.

In the 1980s, more than 120,000 units of this car were sold. Do you know its make and model?

First marketed in 1982, more than 120,000 MG Metros were built until 1990 when the model was discontinued. The Metro was powered by a 1.3-liter engine and was based on the Austin Metro.

Name this four-wheel-drive performance sedan, please.

Produced between 1980 and 1991, the Quattro was a two-door coupe with four-wheel drive. Not only was it popular with the public, it dominated the Rally scene in the mid-‘80s.

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