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1980s Sports Cars That Drivers Want To Stay Forgotten

Cameron EittreimNovember 15, 2021

Mazda 323 GTX
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2: Mazda 323 GTX

Mazda had many notable cars in the 1980s, yet the Mazda 323 GTX was something else. It was a hopped-up hatchback with a faster engine than the run-of-the-mill 323. While the effects of the car weren’t much, its performance made up for it. The problem was that the price tag was outrageous for what the car was.

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You could get a comparably priced sports car that would offer more performance and display for the same price. Where the 323 GTX did shine was in the rally circuit, where the sports car won numerous awards and accolades around the world.

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1: Merkur XR4Ti

Ford tried something different with the Merkur brand when it brought the cars over from Britain. The problem was that the observations of the cars were polarizing and the prices were high. Consumers didn’t want to plunge down the money on a car model unknown at the time. Which meant sales for Merkur cars suffered tremendously (via Classic).

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Although the styling and performance was widely acclaimed, the cars simply didn’t catch on with consumers. At the end of the day, the Merkur XR4Ti is sort of a relic of a time when Ford was trying to innovate. Sadly, the car didn’t last that long, but you’ll still encounter one on the road every now and then.

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