15 TOTALLY AWESOME 80s VEHICLE DESIGNS Meant For The FUTURE


– [Glen] Ever seen a defunct car brand and wish you could have it in your garage? Well, we sometimes have
those nostalgic moments too. I’m Glen and we’re bringing you our list of 15 cars from the ’80s that will have you wishing you could turn back time. – [Cassie] Number 15. – [Glen] Designed by Dennis
Adams and presented by Glenfrome Engineering at the
1983 Motor Fair in London, the Facet quickly became
the rave of the ’80s. Built on the original Rover chassis, the Facet sported a manually
detachable Targa roof, which left the windscreen
separate and supported with a cast aluminum frame. Shaped like an anvil with a
hydroelectrically lifted top, and a four wheel drive, it was a guaranteed choice
for serious off roading. With a headlamp borrowed from
Vauxhall and it’s dashboard designed with laminated burl wood veneer, the Facet was tagged as ultra futuristic. And priced at just under $89,000 in 1983, an arm and a leg for too
many of it’s admirers. – [Cassie] Number 14. – [Glen] Unveiled in 1989
the Ford Probe IV was sold as a sporty coupe, with a
rear-drive chassis powered by a 1.6 liter four cylinder
turbo charged engine. Built to replace the Ford Mustang in the North American market, the Probe IV was immediately noticeable with a modern styling that
was attractive, yet practical. With a sleek body made of fiberglass and headlights under plastic covers, the four door coupe was designed with a more aerodynamic
shape and a low ride height that gave the car more air penetration and better speed stability. However the Probe IV wasn’t
affordable for it’s market, disappointingly selling
just over 800,000 units in its eight years of production. – [Cassie] Number 13. – [Glen] With a change in
focus from petrol vehicles, the Itaipu E-400 electric
van was launched in 1980. Styled as a medium-sized pickup, the Itaipu E-400 measured
12 1/2 feet in length and weighed 3,240 pounds. The vehicle was powered by eight batteries with an average range of 56 miles, and a maximum speed of 44 miles per hour. The E-400 like most pickups it’s size, adapted a single four seater
row behind the driver’s seat and was able to transport
up to six people. Although the operating
costs were about 40% lower than that of petrol vehicles. Early users noticed that the
range was less than advertised. This along with a burdened
economy, led to it’s demise. – [Cassie] Number 12. – [Glen] The Pontiac
Stinger sport utility car was launched with a lot
of fanfare and buzz, as it was targeted at the
younger, trendy generation. The four-seater vehicle
featured one door on each side and an open roof that
suggested a fun exiting ride. The Stinger, though lightweight, had a sturdy build and a modern
suspension system designed to handle serious off roading. But the car was not built to last, as the cheap materials used
in the panels came off easily. Proving that the Stinger
model was only good in theory. – [Cassie] Number 11. – [Glen] Launched in 1980 at
the Turin Motor Show in Italy, the Lamborghini Athon was a three liter V8 with a five speed manual gearbox. With a mid engine design, the car featured a long
rear deck, an open roof, and no backseat. Weighing around 2400 pounds and able to reach a maximum
speed of 170 miles per hour, the Lamborghini Athon was
available at a premium price of $487,000. Even though it had an influential design, and was featured in several movies, the Lamborghini Athon ended
up as a museum display after the company went bankrupt. – [Cassie] Number 10. – [Glen] The Suzuki Mighty Boy was a coupe utility
commercial vehicle styled as a small-sized pickup
that was sold in Japan, from 1983 to 1988. Powered by a three cylinder engine and a four speed manual gearbox, the car was able to achieve
a speed of 75 miles per hour. With only two sliding and reclining seats, the Mighty Boy offered just
enough space for luggage behind the seats and in the trunk, making it a good fit for small
scale commercial hauling. Fortunately this shortcoming
made other larger trucks the preferable choice. Left the Mighty Boy as
more of a personal vehicle. – [Cassie] Number nine. – [Glen] Unveiled at the
Chicago Auto Show in 1983, the Buick Questor was General Motors model of a computerized car
with most of the car’s integral functions controlled
by 14 microcomputers. Featuring a specially
programmed laser key system, automatic adjusting light
sensitive windshield, a navigation map, and
self-adjusting rear spoiler, it was touted as the car of the future. It also had no exterior door handles or side mirrors. Interestingly, the vehicle
was programmed to nosedive at 25 miles an hour in order
to achieve better fuel economy and aerodynamics. – [Cassie] Number eight. – [Glen] Unveiled at the
Tokyo Motor Show in 1983, the Nissan NX-21 was a
four seat coupe touted as the family car of the future. Powered by an efficient two
shaft, gas turbine engine, it could be fueled with gas,
diesel, light oil, alcohol or kerosene. With side doors that opened upwards, the NX-21 featured a flat top
and wedge shaped front lamps, which showed it’s excellent
aerodynamic build. On the inside a modern
instrument panel was equipped with high tech gadgets like a
rear view projection screen, and programmed vocal driving instructions. – [Cassie] Number seven. – [Glen] The first impression
you get from the GMC Centaur is the speedboat styled body. Designed like an open-backed wagon, the five seater was an
all-wheel drive hybrid car truck with a three liter, six cylinder engine, a manual suspension system, and a five-speed automatic transmission. As a 4×4 vehicle, the Centaur was ideal
for off road excursions. With the load bed boasting
a payload capacity of 2,000 pounds and the vehicle able to tow
up to a 5,000 pound trailer. – [Cassie] Number six. – [Glen] This next entry
was unveiled in 1989 at the International
Motor Show in Frankfurt. As a gullwing door sedan, modeled after the Mercedes-Benz 300CE, it was designed by
modifying the Mercedes 300CE and merging it with the nose
of an R129SL class Mercedes. Very few were produced however, with most being non gullwing type. It was overpriced at the time, having a cost of about
165,000 deutschemarks, or an equivalent of $97,000 in 1990. – [Cassie] Number five. – [Glen] The electric, CommutaCar, which was nicknamed the cheese wedge, and sold between 1979 to 1982
was way ahead of it’s time. Weighing 1,250 pounds and
spanning eight feet in length, this two CEV offered a
compact, low cost car with a decent speed of 40 miles per hour and a range of up to 50 miles. Made out of DOT approved safety cages and layered with a plastic skin, it featured sliding
windows, protruding bumpers, a six horsepower motor and
eight six volt batteries to keep it going. With claims that it was the
biggest selling battery powered car before they Tesla S, you would wonder why just
5,000 units were produced. – [Cassie] Number four. – [Glen] Designed to showcase Wolfrace’s new range of sonic alloys, the Sonic was a two seat race car powered by two Rover V8 engines, and a high performance drive
by wire control system. Built on a space frame chassis, the car was lightweight, yet sturdy and balanced. The wheel configuration was similar to that of a 1977 Panther 6, with four smaller tires at the front and two larger ones at the rear. The body of the Sonic was designed to have a forward tilting torso and
electric controlled headlights, shielded in plastic covers. Sadly, only two units
were eventually built. – [Cassie] Number three. – [Glen] Launched in 1981
at the Chicago Auto Show, the Bronco Montana Lobo
was a two passenger SUV built on the 1977 Ford Bronco chassis and powered by a five liter V8 engine. The 4×4 off road vehicle had a T top roof, and two removable plexiglass
bubble doors that unveiled it’s ventilated seats
and digital dashboard. The loading bed, which was equipped with a
retractable loading ramp and side storage
compartments was cushioned with hemp fabric upholstery. Furnished with two foldable bench seats along each side of the bed, they could be accessed from the cabin through a patio style glass
door dividing both compartments. Even though the Montana Lobo was one of the best
equipped SUV’s at the time, the production was
discontinued as newer models came on the market. – [Cassie] Number two. – [Glen] Unveiled at
the Chicago Auto Show, the Mercury Antser was a four passenger, wedge-shaped concept car. With a lightweight aerodynamic
design that is powered by a 1,200 pound electric-hybrid system. Considered a futuristic car, Antser featured high tech gadgets such as a computerized display map for detours and alternative routes. As well as an all digital dashboard. The two sliding doors on both
sides gave an elegant look and allowed packing in narrow spaces. With batteries powering
the electric motors on all four wheels. It was equipped with a
small generator that charged the batteries on the go. But just like other futuristic car models, the market just wasn’t ready
for the Antser at the time. – [Cassie] Number one. – [Glen] The Bronco DM-1
was a four-wheel drive SUV designed by an industrial art
student named Derrick Milsap, hence the suffix, DM-1. Styled with a bulging build and a body made of
steel-reinforced fiberglass, this five passenger vehicle was compatible with the 4×4 setup of the Bronco II model and was built on the Ford Escort chassis. With 17 inch wheels and
tires for all terrains. The interior featured a
digital drivers display, with an early version of a
GPS based satellite navigation system installed. For convenience, the front seats were adjustable
in six different ways, while the rear bench was foldable to provide more cargo space when needed. The DM prototype was a good one, but production plans
have long been shelved. Though some of these cars
were only good on paper, if some become reality today, it’s almost guaranteed that
heads would turn on the highway. We can only wish and hope
that maybe the companies have a change of heart and
bring some of them back. (upbeat music) – Hey guys this is Cassie, I hope you guys enjoy this video. Tell us in the comments
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