There are many things the 1980s were synonymous with, and sports cars are certainly one of them. The decade was full of great examples. Every European automaker had all kinds of new exotics coming onto the market. Porsche found a completely new clientele with the slant nose, the most popular German sports car of the decade. Even more new offerings came out in the ’80s, such as the Ferrari Testarossa and the all-new Lamborghini Countach. These cars defined an era centered around opulence and new young money generated on Wall Street.
The 1980s were no doubt the decade of greed, but there’s no denying that many of the sports cars were awesome. During that time, one of the most popular primetime TV shows was the infamous “Miami Vice.” We looked back at 1980s sports cars straight out of that show. These cars made you feel different when you were behind the wheel, and they are still some of the most iconic rides on the road. Take a walk down memory lane and remember that decade of decadence right here.
1984 Lamborghini Jalpa
Driven in season four of Miami Vice, the Jalpa was the quintessential Lamborghini model of the 1980s. Take one look at the styling and you’ll see a mixture of traditional Lambo and Porsche in one package. The Jalpa was a project car by Lambo and was not well regarded in the community (via Classic Italian).
The performance and build quality of the Jalpa were the two major shortcomings of the car. For some reason, the Jalpa just didn’t resonate with consumers the same way that the Countach did. But when you saw the car on Miami Vice, there was a sense of speed and styling that gave it a temporary resurgence.