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What's the ultimate 80s car icon?

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You could have found a pic of a nice one!

Love the 75, but icon? nope, I'm afraid not, mainly due to 99% of the population not knowing what on earth one is!

Feck off! That was taken when it was freshly painted in its original white - apparently that's just about the 'whitest' white on the colour charts.

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All of these cars without pop-up headlights fail immediately :coffee:

Back in 1989 my dad bought an original Honda Integra. It was only a 1.5LX Hondamatic... but it had pop-ups. :cool:

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All of these cars without pop-up headlights fail immediately :coffee:

Mk1 Toyota MR2 then.

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Mk1 Toyota MR2 then.

My grandfather had one of those - making it an old mans car that doesn't really sum up the 80's.

Anyway, as for the pop up lights thing. Two words.

Lotus. Esprit.

So utterly 80's.

Mind you, Magnum PI had a 308 Ferrari...

Pop ups were actually very 80's!

Porsche 944, TR7 too.

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The Mk I Toyota MR2 was a stunning car. I recall following one a month or so after their release and I craved one for years. I did end up with the Corolla GTi 16v Tiwn Cam (same engine) but the MR2 was what I really wanted.

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My grandfather had one of those

How old are you, 12? :P

The MR2 never registered on my radar either.

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It only registered on my radar when one of my classmates had one at school. He sold it a few months later and bought a Suzuki Vitara with a wide bodykit and full of speakers :rolleyes:

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So the MR2 was a gay icon?

In the same way as you are.

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Mook seems to be on a 'that's what she said' comedy theme the last few days?

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Mook seems to be on a 'that's what she said' comedy theme the last few days?

Which is, to be fair, very 80s. :grin:

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Mook seems to be on a 'that's what she said' comedy theme the last few days?

And? :P

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So the MR2 was a gay icon?

Hair-dressers car....although I did`t realise that when I bought one in 1987...and I have to say I loved it...handled like a dream.....incredibly easy to get the rear end to step out and drift around a wet round-about...and you always felt like you were in control....Small;light and just enough power...a bit like an MX5....I only mentioned the MR2 because of the comment about pop-up headlights....I still think the mk1 Golf gti is the ultimate 1980`s iconic car.

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I'd have loved to have said the MX-5 but it was only launched in 1989 and we didn't really see them on the roads until 1990, otherwise that would take the show for me.

In fact it'd be my car for the 1990's.

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It came in 87 in the form of the f40!

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I'd have loved to have said the MX-5 but it was only launched in 1989 and we didn't really see them on the roads until 1990, otherwise that would take the show for me.

In fact it'd be my car for the 1990's.

Yep...I loved the original MR2 so much I bought a new mk2 MR2 gti in 1990....a mistake...should have gone with my gut feeling,which would have seen me in an MX5....The local Mazda dealer knew they had a winner on their hands and had a take it or leave it attitude when I was trying to negotiate a deal....No test drive...and absolutely no haggling when the car first hit the streets...and a 18 months later I`d had enough of 2 seaters and needed/wanted a 4 seater.

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Escort RS Turbo (Mk1) White and totally desirable to me back then. Mates Dad had one and then a Mk1 Cosworth (Ford worker) and he was allowed to drive them all the time, lucky sod!

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Integrale as they were "generally available". but for pure awesomeness RS 200.

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Mates Dad had one and then a Mk1 Cosworth (Ford worker) and he was allowed to drive them all the time, lucky sod!

Have you driven one ? I binned one once, many years ago, bloody horrible things in my opinion !

Back on topic, I reckon Ben Sharky has just bought the 'winner' of this thread :D

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Have you driven one ? I binned one once, many years ago, bloody horrible things in my opinion !

Yes got a few drives back in the day (long ago) compared to my Mini 1275 GT they were exotic and quick.

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I had a Mk 1 Sierra Cosworth (I think it was - big wing one), spent most of my life being pulled up in it with the 'is this your car?' line. At the time I thought it was ace. Looking back, it was just a plastic sierra. It was actually ****ing terrifying to drive. Oversteer'd more than the '3 does* and had steering made of mangos.

*This may be because I had no idea how to drive.

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