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Back To The Future: Timeless 1980s Muscle Cars Drivers Should Actually Buy

Cameron Eittreim March 31, 2023

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Oldsmobile 4-4-2

The 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 was a performance-oriented version of the Cutlass Supreme. Powered by a 307 cubic inch (5.0 liter) V8 engine that produced 180 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque. The 4-4-2 package included a sport-tuned suspension and a limited-slip rear differential. The special 15-inch alloy wheels with Goodyear Eagle GT tires were a nice touch (via Hemmings).

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The exterior featured distinctive graphics and badging, and a rear deck spoiler. The interior had bucket seats and a center console, with optional leather upholstery. The 1985 Cutlass 4-4-2 was the last year of the rear-wheel-drive G-body Cutlass. The style and performance of the car made it sell better than any other vehicle in the same class.

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1983 Ford Mustang GT 5.0

The 1983 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 was a sporty car that was popular in the 1980s. It had a powerful V8 engine and a sleek design that made it stand out on the road. The car featured a five-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, which allowed for a fun and responsive driving experience. The GT 5.0 took the Ford V8 engine to the next level. The prior engine had a dated design and a minuscule amount of performance (via Car and Driver).

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The Mustang GT 5.0 also had a comfortable interior with supportive bucket seats and a sporty steering wheel. It was a popular choice among car enthusiasts who wanted a high-performance vehicle that was also affordable. The 5.0 defined an era of new muscle cars and their drivers. The unique style and substance of the car took Ford to the next level. Very few people will argue the massive impact that the 5.0 had on the industry.

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