[Staff, 2023-01-01 14:30:00,
The ’80s saw some of the most outrageous fashion choices. Wacky designs and bold colors are all par for the course within this decade, and the automotive industry was no different. With most manufacturers using relaxed group B rules to create homologate vehicles, the public got their hands on some of the most outrageous innovations.
The ’80s saw a rehash of what people apparently wanted a car to look like: a cheese wedge. The ’80s was the dawn of the poster car, which still inspires gearheads today. Many of these vehicles are worth millions now, based on looks alone.
10/10 BMW Z1
BMW’s ‘Zukunft’ series roughly translates to future in the queen’s English. The Z1 was precisely that, befitting the wild ’80s, the Z1 sported the quirks appropriate of the era. With vertical sliding doors powered by an electric motor, Chief Designer Harm Lagaay also equipped the debut Z-series with interchangeable panels across the body. BMW claims an owner may change the color of their vehicle in around 40 minutes. A welcome but unnecessary innovation on this beautiful little sports car. Can anybody else see the M1-style nose?
The BMW Z1 failed to capture the public’s imagination. However, with only 8,000 units sold, this pluckily little sports car continues to appreciate. A 2.5-liter engine produced 168 horse-powers. The Z1 may have been a commercial failure, but it inspired the Z series’ successes today.
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