Four perennial ’80s cult favorites

And we don’t mean the Smtihs, the Cure, etc. Neat cars across these two clips, the kind that are right up our alley. As is often the case with Fifth Gear, though, we also get treated to some cringeworthy in-studio banter by a couple of the presenters (conspicuously playing up their assigned roles of ‘regular car guys’), but mercifully it’s brief. Even Fifth Gear is smart enough to let Tiff and Jason do most of the talking.

And some ‘pure engine sounds’ to clear your head:

So in order of preference, which would you choose? As much as we love the E30 M3, for the sheer sake of specialness/’differentness’, we would go as follows:

  1. Lancia
  2. Mercedes
  3. BMW
  4. Sierra

The Ford rounds out the bottom because unlike, say, the Escort RS Cosworth, we have always liked but never quite loved the Sierra. The same can’t be said about the other three cars that appear here, however.

~ by velofinds on February 2, 2011.

5 Responses to “Four perennial ’80s cult favorites”

  1. Give me the Lancia any day of the week.

  2. I think it really depends on the day and one’s mood. I can see myself picking any of the four as the number one pick on different days. However, I gotta say the color of that Lancia is less than appetizing.

  3. That Sierra video !!!!!!

    Every scenes shot in my beloved Belgium !

    There will be one of these competing on 18th February …

  4. great cars indeed but a recent drive in an e30 m3 and integrale evo brought home the fact these are 20yr+ cars and though they are iconic, definitely feel old. in a single car garage a modern like mk6 golf gti or renaultsport clio 200 has it all over these.

    • as the owner of a mk5 golf gti and an e30 325i, i can certainly attest to that! but firing up the e30’s inline-six is still a visceral experience that the slightly cosseted modern golf can’t quite match. certainly, both have their place in the garage.

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