The 1980s were a time of advancement for the automotive industry. Carmakers had to adjust with the times by making smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles. The end result meant drivers experienced a plethora of unique vehicles, especially in the sports car arena. When drivers think back to 1980s sports cars, they probably think of a red Ferrari. However, there were quite a few other notable sports cars that came out during the decade.
Unfortunately, not every sports car that came out of the 1980s was a success. There were quite a few that fell short in more than one area. The Fiero is one such sports car that was an absolute disaster, as was the Ferrari Mondial. We took a look at sports cars that were notoriously bad back in the ’80s, and you won’t be surprised that they are still awful today. Buckle up, because these are some of the worst sports cars you probably remember.
20: Toyota MR2
The MR2 is often referred to as the poor man’s Ferrari. In many ways, that statement is true, although the value of the MR2 has skyrocketed. The MR2 was a fascinating car with a grand design until it got to the mechanicals. The engine would routinely overheat, and the car also had many issues with its transmission (via MR2OC).
Although the design was similar to the Pontiac Fiero, there were not many reported engine fires. But the MR2 was a car that took a ton of maintenance to keep it on the road. The design would improve as time went on until the car was discontinued. Overall, the MR2 isn’t one of the prouder moments for Toyota.