It was brash and it was loud - the 1980s put paid to the glumness of the '70s and nowhere was that more obvious than in the cars we drove, which took a quantum leap in durability, performance, equipment and style.
They had to: Japanese quality and European design were luring away ever more customers.
Features such as fuel injection, turbochargers, computer-controlled systems and four-wheel drive became commonplace.
This was also the decade that brought us the people-carrier and the off-roader, new classes of car that radically reshaped family transport.
Meanwhile, seatbelt-wearing became law, the M25 opened, speed cameras appeared and ram-raiding was the new motoring nemesis.
Relive everything car-related in Britain in the 1980s with Giles Chapman.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages, 150 black & white illustrations
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 12/08/2014
- Category: Motor cars: general interest
- ISBN: 9780750958455