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Growing up as a child in the '80s had its ups and its downs. Sure, every generation looks back at its past-self and wonders-out-loud, "What were you thinking," from time to time. Still, our generation sure did have plenty of cool cars, and many of those were featured on television. A rare day went by when we didn't lust for Magnum P.I.'s Ferrari 308; sitting in the movie theater being mesmerized by Doc's De Lorean (not that it's that great of a car, but it's iconic nonetheless) from Back to the Future; or salivating over the Ferrari Daytona and Testarossa from Miami Vice?

British television viewers have also had their fair share of hit shows with vehicular co-stars. According to a survey by HPI Limited, Porsche's peerless 911 has earned the top spot as the ultimate '80s car, followed only one percentage point in the rears by the original Audi Quattro -- a car featured on current U.K. television in the show Ashes to Ashes. British TV fans also have fond memories of the Ford Capri SLE 71R driven by Terry McCann in Minder, a long-running comedy-drama in the U.K.

With many of our readers residing in our own age bracket, we'd love to get your input on the ultimate '80s car in the comments, and feel free to mention more of your favorite cars made famous on TV.

[Source: HPI International]



HPI survey reveals the Porsche 911 is the ultimate in 80s cars

Gene Hunt would doubtless mutter resignedly about "southern nancies" but the Porsche 911 has beaten his beloved Audi Quattro in a new survey of dream eighties cars.

With the hit BBC TV series, Ashes to Ashes drawing to a close this week, the Porsche 911 took almost a third of all votes 29%, just pipping the Audi Quattro with 28%, to be crowned the decades most desirable car, in a poll conducted by vehicle check specialists HPI.

Both cars left their 80s rivals trailing in the dust, with only the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and BMW M5 to make any impression in the survey with 15% and 12% respectively.

The survey also asked respondents about which iconic cars from that period they most fondly remembered, and it was another TV car that swept all before it. The Ford Capri SLE 71R, immortalised by Terry McCann in Minder, polled 30% of the votes, receiving more than twice as many votes as the Jaguar XJ6 driven by his TV boss Arthur Daly which polled 11%.

Sonny Crockett's Ferrari Testarossa also proved memorable with the Miami Vice car getting 26% of the votes. The DeLorean DMC12 from Back to the Future was next with 23% and the Ferrari 308, as driven by Magnum, scooped up 21% of the vote. But it wasn't all high performance vehicles that were fondly regarded, the Reliant Regal – the three-wheeler of choice of Del Trotter in Only Fools & Horses came fifth with 19%.

The HPI survey also revealed that despite the 80s stereotype of dodgy car dealers as celebrated in shows such as Minder, two thirds of used car buyers were actually more trusting then than they are now – a result that surprised Nick Lindsay, Director of HPI.

"The revelation that used car buyers felt more confident buying a car in the 80s is, I believe, down to the greater levels of awareness now about car crime, such as clocking and cloning. At HPI we have long led the way in helping car buyers arm themselves against the unscrupulous, providing the most comprehensive history check on an unprecedented number of vehicles over many decades.

"The success of Ashes to Ashes and the proposed remake of Minder have piqued people's interest in 80s cars again and, though you need to approach older cars with care, they need not necessarily be old bangers. In fact, as this survey has shown, many of these vehicles are highly desirable classics. With our unrivalled database able to reveal if your dream car is all it's cracked up to be, HPI is the ideal place to turn if you are thinking of reliving those glory days."

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      • 7 Years Ago
      So many cars could claim this title
      Grand National
      W126 S classes
      Just how you choose is beyond me
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ferrari F-40
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love me some Targas...
      • 7 Years Ago
      One word: Countach.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ditto; second: Porsche 928 (Risky Business anyone???); Third, Ferrari 308 (s or b, quatrovalvole perferred); Fourth, Porsche 911; Fifth: Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (in K.I.T.T. trim only of course!!!)
        • 7 Years Ago
        i was about to say the EXACT same thing... i mean it's practically on every car poster.. even to this day
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seconded. As much as I love 911s, the Countach is the embodiment of the 80s.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ditto. I think every teenager either had a poster of a Countach on their bedroom wall, or they wish they did.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 911 was the top car for me growing up in the 80's
      Probably the biggest reason I have one parked in my garage today.

      Other notables were the Countach, 308GTB, Testarosssa, and the Vector W12
      • 7 Years Ago
      AMG Hammer
      • 7 Years Ago
      1980's Porsche 930 turbo is my favorite car of all time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      The owner of a business in our office park had three commuters. a yellow helicopter, a top of the line Mercedes sedan and for very nice days a BMW M1 in international orange. I loved the M1. He drove it about twice a month, what a ride!
      • 7 Years Ago
      In order for me would be:

      1. Porsche 911 (any variant)
      2. Countach
      3. Ferrari 308
      4. Delorean (heavily influenced by the flux capacitor)
      5. Jeep Grandwagoneer (gotta love the faux wooden sides)
      • 7 Years Ago
      well, not my favorite but countach probably ties with Testarossa for ultimate 80s car. Countach posters abounded but the Testarossa and ties to the ultimate 80s style show Miami Vice were just as iconic.

      my choice is the 89 Esprit. I still love it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i love the supercharged toyota mr2. not a supercar, but a great little sportster
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