Classic Cars of 1980s

1984 Chrysler LeBaron

Long before former President Ronald Reagan’s name was added to Washington National Airport, Nancy Windingland worked at the facility that serves Washington, D.C. On her way to work one day in 1984, Windingland spotted a fellow commuter driving a brand … Continue reading

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1984 Buick Electra Park Avenue

Large cars, especially Buicks, have always held an appeal for Phil Judson. Twenty-five years ago, General Motors was downsizing its cars. When Judson learned of the GM’s plan he took action to acquire one of the last big Buicks. At … Continue reading

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1981 Cadillac

In order to meet the federal government’s fuel economy requirements for 1981, General Motors developed what was termed a “modulated displacement engine” for Cadillac. The electromechanical system on the 6.0-liter V-8 engine was supposed to open and close the valves … Continue reading

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1982 Corvette Coupe

“I got the Corvette bug when I was 10-years-old,” Jay Conti says. In 1964, he lived in Waltham, Mass., and a neighbor down the street had a red, late 1950s Corvette. One day while young Conti was admiring the Corvette … Continue reading

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1982 ROLLS-ROYCE

One of the Silver Spurs manufactured in England by Rolls-Royce during the 1982 model year was loaded into a 40-foot-long container and shipped off to the United States. It was early June when the container with the luxury car was … Continue reading

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1984 EXCALIBUR

Back in the early 1960s automotive design stylist Brooks Stevens, who had already designed several dramatic vehicles, looked to the past for inspiration. He was attracted to cars from the 1930s when style was king, so he set out to … Continue reading

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