Welcome to the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show
Special exhibition at this year’s show recalls icons from 30 years ago…
Posted: 17 Sep 2013
Hard to think that in the same year Kajagoogoo were deftly explaining, well, whatever it was they were trying to explain in Too Shy, Audi launched the Sport Quattro. Hush hush, indeed.
You see, at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the organisers decided to take a step back into the decade that style, taste, and frizz-ease forgot; specifically, the same year that Michael Jackson unveiled the ‘moonwalk', Return of the Jedi was released, and, erm, McDonald's introduced the McNugget. 1983.
Representatives of Germany's ‘Historic Vehicles Working Group' cobbled together the show stars from exactly 30 years ago under the banner "where are they now?", and wheeled them into Hall 3.1 at the 2013 IAA. And to take a look back at the ‘stars of 1983' is to dip into a pool of old school fantasia.
Cars like the aforementioned Sport Quattro, the BMW M635 CSI, the Lancia Beta Coupe VX, the Mercedes Benz 190 E 2.3-16, and a few more, including the gorgeous, gorgeous Porsche ‘Gruppe B' design study; a car that would later turn into the legendary 959.
A few others were smuggled into this hall that weren't from '83, but instead represent ‘new and established historic vehicles', but you'll have to click through the gallery to find out which ones.
If you're attending the Frankfurt Motor Show this year, and you're of a certain vintage, then hall 3.1 is an absolute must see. Tell us in the space below which is your favourite...
Words: Vijay Pattni