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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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Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe

The Aerocoupe featured a sloped rear window that reduced drag and improved the car’s aerodynamics. The Aerocoupe had a design that mimicked the actual NASCAR. The main difference with the design of the car is the aerodynamic rear window. The design is for optimal aerodynamics. The cars from the era were not the most aerodynamic and the Aerocoupe took the design to the next level (via Silodrome).

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The Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe was a popular choice among collectors and racing enthusiasts, and it remains a sought-after classic car to this day. The same engine is found under the hood of the IROC-Z. Everything about the Aerocoupe is meant to mirror that of the actual NASCAR vehicles. The performance and the style of the Aerocoupe are unlike anything else from the same era.

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1985-90 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

The 1985-1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z was a popular sports car model that featured a sleek design and impressive performance capabilities. The IROC-Z, which stands for International Race of Champions, was named after a racing series of the same name. This car was equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produced up to 215 horsepower, giving it impressive acceleration and top speed (via Motor Trend).

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It also featured a lowered suspension, larger tires, and a sport-tuned exhaust system, which helped to improve its handling and overall performance. The IROC-Z was a popular choice among car enthusiasts and was seen as a symbol of the 1980s sports car culture.

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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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