The Painful 80’s
Let’s face it. There was a “Dark Age” in the automotive world, and it lasted about 20 years. While a few bright spots shone through, the Malaise Era was most filled with economical but boring-to-death cars, or worse yet, badge engineering one’s company to the brink of bankruptcy.
High gas prices, new regulations, and social factors all played a part in this, and it took their toll.
This thread is to showcase some of your “best worst” designs from about '78 to '91. Let’s see some weird stuff. Concept cars that never should have seen the light of day. Niche market cars that didn’t actually have a niche. What did the cocaine-addled brains of your design bureau come up with?
Post a picture and a little bit about the design of your car. Feel free to comment on other peoples’ creations. This is a non-competitive thread, there are no winners (and let’s face it, this is ALL for losers).
I’ll start with this:
1986 Keystone K6 SunRunner Concept
This little creation was a pure moment of “Yes, we CAN do it. But really, let’s not.” Keystone engineers came up with this cringeworthy concept of a 4-seater city convertible car. They wanted to showcase the fun side of the company, which apparently had been severely chemically induced.
Let’s ignore for a moment the horribly period-incorrect round mirrors and the ungodly 80’s sport stripe package and concentrate on the Longitudinally-mounted FWD 2.7 liter SOHC V6. Wholely inappropriate for a car this size, it did manage to propel it from 0-62 in 8.5 seconds. And even got 21 MPG.
But seriously, WHY?!?
Alright, let’s see what you all have!