Journal: Re-Live The 80s With This Weekend Playlist

Re-Live The 80s With This Weekend Playlist

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
April 22, 2015
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The Volkswagen Scirocco video from earlier this week inspired us—what if we took a look at some of the good (and bad) that happened in the world of cars during a transformative decade, the ’80s. While the proliferation of digital editing techniques and cheesy pop music makes watching some of these a bit painful, there’s nothing quite like awesome cars of the ’80s. Ferrari F40 LM, anyone?

We’re cheating a little bit already—this clip was filmed in 1992—but the F40 LM, first introduced in 1989, represents the pinnacle of road-going race car technology. With former F1 driver Jacques Laffite behind the wheel, who needs espresso in the morning—just crank this up!

Selling advanced technology was taken to new heights in the ‘80s, with Audi and Honda taking wildly different approaches. Audi did an elaborate stunt…and Honda just hired Jackie Mason to explain the Prelude’s four-wheel steering system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANv83OJk–4

Formerly of Motor Trend, Road & Track’s Jason Cammisa compares the BMW E30 M3 and Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16—even though it’s a few years old, the comparison is very well done.

In the ’80s, just about every music video seemed to feature a car. These two have Ferraris. Here are two of the best: the music video for the Miami Vice theme and “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar

Dealership training videos were never supposed to be shown to the public—which makes them brilliant to watch these days. On the left, a man in a grey suit who channels what he calls “improvisational actors” as he gives salespeople tips on selling a Mercedes-Benz. (We’ve taken the liberty of queuing it up to the awkward moment when a husband and wife “decide” on different cars…) On the right, Chevrolet Blazer vs. Ford Bronco—as-compared by Chevrolet. 

Beautifully shot, with amazing stunts—and yes, a Japanese pop soundtrack set to a compilation of Isuzu commercials from the ’80s—mean that this is the best way to get your fix of the decade. (Yes, it also blends into the company’s ’90s models…)

Cover Image Source: fubiz.net

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Marvin R
Marvin R

Or this promotion video from the 80’s of the Alfa SZ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60b7HXPBuLk

Hiro Simez
Hiro Simez

It is funny how everybody forgets this masterpiece, compared to which this Isuzu stint looks too cartoonish and artificial.
SAAB Suite: Ballet in 3 acts for 8 9000 Turbos.

Daniel Cooley
Daniel Cooley

Here’s one of my favorites, a ridiculous Datsun commercial for the 10th Anniversary edition 280zx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDUhKp-vtHE

Kasparas Kucinskas
Kasparas Kucinskas

My favourite car ad is a Ford Sierra one from the eighties 🙂

Axel Persoons
Axel Persoons

Another addition to the list:

1989 La Carrera Classic Panamericana with a E24 M6:

Jonathan Hagler
Jonathan Hagler

My personal favorite 80s car commercial 🙂
Toyota MR2

Tom DesRochers
Tom DesRochers

I submit some additions to this list:

Pontiac “Excitement” commercial

Ford Meteor commercial:

And if we have Miami Vice, then here’s Knight Rider: