Which '80s Car Would Be Your Perfect Match?

By: Emily Maggrett
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Which '80s Car Would Be Your Perfect Match?
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About This Quiz

Sure, they're gas-guzzlers, but you're not human if some of the classic cars of the past don't make you feel just a little bit sentimental. From the incredibly sporty 1961 Jaguar E-Type to the eternally cool 1957 Chrysler Plymouth Fury, these cars are unapologetically stunning, with designs that stand the test of time. But cars like these aren't the only ones to catch the eyes of collectors lately. Recently, many cars from the 1980s have come to be regarded as classics, such as the 1984 Audi 5000, 1987 Ferrari F40 and the 1984 Chevrolet Corvette.

If you're a big fan of '80s cars like these, then this is the quiz for you! In exchange for your telling us about your background, hobbies and driving habits, we'll match you to the classic '80s car that suits your personality best. Whether you're almost as avid a car collector as Jay Leno or are just getting into these amazing vehicles, this quiz can tell you the make and model that will suit your automotive preferences best. 

Are you ready to find out which classic '80s car is your perfect ride? Put down that issue of "Car and Driver" and come take this quiz!






What's your favorite car movie?
"Repo Man"
"Duel"
"Drive"
"Smokey and the Bandit"

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You've got a date tonight. What are you wearing?
Button-down shirt, belt, jeans, white sneakers
Cargo pants, T-shirt, boots
Dark suit, blue shirt, tie, loafers
Whatever I'm wearing right now?

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Let's say you're dead broke. Is there a circumstance under which you'd ever steal a car?
I would if there were bad guys after me.
I would if I were stuck somewhere dangerous, like the desert.
I might do it if the car in question were amazing or one-of-a-kind.
I would never, ever do that.

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Your girlfriend wants to go camping in the Sierras. Are you excited or nah?
Moderately excited. The Sierras are beautiful.
Oh man, this is my dream trip.
Not excited; I hate camping.
I'm annoyed because I'm worried about missing work, but I'd do anything for her.

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Are you a good driver? Have you ever gotten a ticket?
I've gotten speeding tickets.
I've gotten a parking ticket or two.
I've gotten in trouble for running a red light.
I've never gotten a single ticket.

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You're going to a drive-through. What are you ordering?
Milkshake
Breakfast burrito
Coffee
Burger and fries

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Would you drive a car with bald tires over a suspension bridge during a rainstorm?
Yeah, kinda sounds fun.
No, are you nuts?
No, because I'd be embarrassed to drive a car with bald tires.
Yes, but I would keep it a secret from my wife.

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What's the most annoying type of bad driving?
I hate tailgaters.
I hate people who turn without signaling.
I hate slowpokes.
I hate people who talk on their phones.

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You can date any famous 1980s blonde. Who do you pick?
Sharon Stone
Daryl Hannah
Michelle Pfeiffer
Kelly from "Married with Children"

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Which locations do you drive to the most often?
Work, the bar, home
The park, home, work
Downtown, work, home
Home, my kids' schools, and work

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What's your idea of a luxurious meal?
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, greens and peach pie
Barbecued steak, spinach salad, mushroom kebabs and watermelon granita
Lobster, peas, chanterelle pasta and chocolate mousse
Gourmet pizza and beer

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You're 17. A family friend offers to give you his 1968 BMW if you help him restore it. What do you say?
I'm there. When do we get started?
Wow! I'll try my best to earn this.
I don't know; this sounds like a lot of work.
I'd do it even if you weren't offering me the car.

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What's the biggest lie you've ever told?
"I didn't do it."
"Of course I like your new haircut."
"I'm working late tonight."
"It's fine; I'm not mad."

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You can go on a road trip anywhere. Where do you go?
New Orleans
Grand Canyon
New York City
Disney World

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If you were a classic film star, who would you be?
Paul Newman
Jimmy Stewart
Frank Sinatra
Humphrey Bogart

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Have you ever worked a physically demanding job like construction?
A few times, yeah
I worked construction one summer.
I've never done manual labor.
I work with my hands for a living.

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Your brother calls you and confesses that he went on a gambling spree. His creditors took his car and he's stranded in Vegas. What do you do?
Tell him he's an idiot and send him money for a bus ticket
Express sympathy then tell him he needs to get help
Ignore him because he won't learn if I keep bailing him out
Get in the car. I'm gonna pick him up.

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Which of these environments feels the most comfortable to you?
Ranch
Suburbs
Club
Blue-collar city

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What's your favorite driving song?
"The Passenger" by Iggy Pop
"Slow Ride" by Foghat
"I Get Around" by The Beach Boys
"Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen

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You want to impress someone. How do you do it?
The best way to impress someone is not to try.
I'd use a grand gesture, like a flash mob proposal.
I'd take them out to eat at the fanciest place in town.
I'd do whatever they asked without complaining.

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Which of these car-related scent makes you feel sentimental?
Burnt tires
Motor oil
New leather interior
That weird vinyl seat smell that some cars get in the summer

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If you could work any job in the automotive field, what would it be?
Engineer
I'd like to own my own shop.
Car salesman
Mechanic

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You're moving. You can save money by driving a 15' U-Haul across the Rockies but your partner thinks it's too dangerous. What do you do?
I drive the U-Haul anyway.
I give in and we hire a moving company.
Lol, I wouldn't try to do that in the first place.
I explain that we need the money and she agrees.

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Remember how kids used to ride without seat belts in the way back? Which unsafe childhood car practice do you look back on fondly?
Doing donuts in the snow in my high school's parking lot
Riding around in the bed of a pick-up truck
Napping full-length in a Buick's palatial back seat
Riding shotgun with my leg sticking out the window

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At the bar, a drunk guy seems hellbent on picking a fight with you. How do you handle it?
Knock him out with one punch
Leave
Buy him a drink
Ignore him

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Would you rather get a drink with Tom Cruise or with Barack Obama?
Barack Obama
Tom Cruise
I can't pick!
I'd rather meet Clint Eastwood.

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Where do you come from?
South
West Coast
East Coast
Midwest

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If you were stuck in an '80s John Hughes movie, which guy would you be?
The quiet, Eric Stoltz-like cool guy
The chipper nerd/love interest
The James Spader-esque rich jerk
The annoyed dad figure

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You can afford to buy any house you want. Which one of these do you pick?
Mid-century modern rancher
Cape Cod on a leafy suburban street
Modern glass and steel penthouse
Anything that will fit my whole family

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In your opinion, what's the most essential quality for a car to have?
Great steering
Excellent suspension
Powerful engine
Good ergonomics

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