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.
Giles Chapman is an award-winning writer and commentator on the industry, history, and culture of cars. He is a former editor of Classic & Sports Car, the world's best-selling classic car magazine. He is also the author of 100 Cars Britain Can Be Proud Of, Cars We Loved in the 1960s and 70s, Chapman's Car Compendium, My Dad Had One Of Those, and Worst Cars.