Can You Identify These Unpopular Cars From the '80s?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
Image: Jean Housen via Wiki Commons

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Absolutely no one can deny that the '80s still remains as one of the most iconic decades throughout the history of the automotive industry. However, it is obviously to be expected that this iconic status doesn't simply mean that everything was perfect and positive throughout this decade. Like the decades that came before it and the decades that followed to the present day, the automotive industry in the '80s had its fair share of negatives, failures, flops and closures. The North American automotive market was actually just recovering from the influx of imports from Europe and Asia.

In this retro automotive quiz, we've taken a look through the entire decade and selected some of the most unpopular cars that were available at that time. These are the financial failures, the negatively acclaimed, the under-performers, and the ones that caused their companies to go out of business! Are you ready to put your knowledge of automotive history to the ultimate test? Then let's get started right now!

The Yugo 45 is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It has become immortalized in the United States as one of the worst cars of the decade, with several publications even going as far as to call it the "worst car of the century".

The Oldsmobile Delta 88 Diesel is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. The car’s inefficiency and poor reputation is partially responsible for the bias against diesel in America.

The Geo Metro is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was notable for being a marketing and manufacturing variation of the Suzuki Cultus.

The Chevrolet Cavalier is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. Its highest sales were recorded in 1984, but throughout its lifetime, it still garnered a poor reputation.

The Cadillac Seville is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It holds the distinction of being one of the most visually unappealing Cadillac cars.

The Ferrari Mondial 8 is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. Performance wise, it was one of the most underwhelming Ferraris.

The Kia Concord is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. The only positive about the Concord was that it was cheap; however, it was still not worth the low price point.

The Maserati Biturbo is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. The significant drawback of this car was that it was oftentimes prone to overheating in a matter of minutes.

The Buick Skylark is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. Out of the six generations of this model, this is widely considered to be the worst.

The Skoda Estelle is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was notably produced by Czechoslovakian car manufacturer AZNP.

The Plymouth Caravelle is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It is a mid-size sedan that was introduced by Plymouth first in Canada and then a couple years later in the US.

The Ford Granada is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. While the car sold heavily in the '70s, changes that were made in the '80s proved to have a noticeable negative impact on sales.

The Hyundai Excel is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It is notable for being the first front-wheel drive car produced by Hyundai.

The Cadillac Allante is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was expensive to produced and was lackluster in terms of sales, with only a little over 21,000 built during its seven-year production run.

The Maserati Karif is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It had a limited production run of 250 examples and only 222 were actually sold.

The Subaru Justy is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. The nameplate has currently been revived; however, today it is just a rebadged Toyota Tank.

The Oldsmobile Omega is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. This third generation of the compact car was by far the worst.

The Lada Riva is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. While it may have experienced success in Europe, in the United States it was often the target of ridicule.

The Ford Tempo is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It is notable for being Ford’s direct response to the Chevy Cavalier.

The Pontiac Trans Am Turbo is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. Many sources have notable tested the car and found that it is actually equal in speed (or slower) that the non-turbo version.

The Renault Fuego is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. The Fuego is one of the most remembered compact sports cars of the decade, but it was by no means the bestselling or most effective.

The Gemballa Avalanche is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was manufactured by Gemballa, a tuning company that is based in Germany.

The Lancia Prisma is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was actually a saloon version of the Lancia Delta (first generation).

The Chevrolet Citation is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was supposed to be a replacement for the Chevrolet Nova but it failed to live up to its predecessor.

The Chrysler Executive is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was a limousine that was essentially just a stretched LeBaron; less than 2,000 units were sold.

The Mercury Lynx is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. Today, the Mercury brand is now dead and there is now denying that it's cars like the Lynx that helped lead to its downfall.

The Pontiac Phoenix is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. After lackluster performance, it was eventually replaced by the Grand Am in 1985.

The Renault Alliance is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It's another car that has considerable success in Europe but simply never caught on in the United States after being introduced to the market.

The Alfa Romeo Milano is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. While it started off successful, by the late '80s the Milano had become unpopular – it still sold reasonably well overall.

The Lotus Elan is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It is also notable for being one of the most unpopular Lotus cars overall.

The Austin Montego is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was one of the last cars produced by British Leyland and it failed to help to save the company.

The DeLorean DMC 12 is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. Initially the DeLorean was wildly unsuccessful and the fame that it experienced due to Back to the Future came well after the company had declared bankruptcy.

The Sterling 800-Series is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It only experienced a short four-year stint in the US due to its poor performance on the market.

The Rover 200-Series is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It proved to be relatively unsuccessful in the United Kingdom and largely unknown elsewhere.

The Triumph Acclaim is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It proved to be a failure in its attempt to save the longstanding Triumph Motor Company from closing in the '80s.

The Pontiac Fiero is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was notable for being the first two-seater Pontiac since the 1926 to 1938 coupes.

The Cadillac Cimarron is notable for being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It notably was expected to serve as the flagship model line of the GM J platform.

The Oldsmobile Firenza is widely recognized as being one of the most unpopular cars of the '80s. It was just a Chevrolet Cavalier but more expensive; so why not just buy a Cavalier?

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