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author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2017

I recently had the chance to drive the Holy Grail of cool 1980s cars: the Lamborghini Countach. I have a full write-up on that coming soon -- but in the meantime, here's something very much related: a list of the six coolest and most exciting cars currently listed for sale on Autotrader. You know the names: Lamborghini. Ferrari. Porsche. Buick? Scroll down to see it all.

1987 Buick Grand National

1987 Buick Grand National - $99,999

The Buick Grand National is one of the most revered American cars of the 1980s. Essentially a high-performance version of the staid Buick Regal, the Grand National had the perfect amount of subtle aggressiveness in its look -- and amazing performance under its hood. Period magazines noted it could outrun a Corvette, and some said it could keep up with the Lamborghini Countach below -- a drag race the Grand National above has likely never attempted, as it's traveled only 371 miles from new (hence its $99,999 price tag). It's currently offered by CNC Motors near Los Angeles.

1988 Ferrari Testarossa

1988 Ferrari Testarossa - $155,000

This 1988 Ferrari Testarossa is a special one. Painted in Ferrari's distinctive Rosso Corsa and featuring just 7,300 miles, it's obviously a special car -- but this one is more thrilling than most, as it's a 1-owner vehicle. That's right: this Testarossa has been with just one owner since it was new in 1988, and the Carfax report seems to confirm it -- along with showing that it's been driven only 300 miles in the last 12 years. A true time capsule, it's currently offered for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area from a private seller for $155,000.

1989 Lamborghini Countach

1989 Lamborghini Countach - $269,997

Here's the Lamborghini Countach I drove: A 1989 "25th Anniversary" model, finished in the exact white you'd expect, considering it's currently offered for sale in Miami. Available at Performance Auto Wholesalers, this is the cheapest Countach on the market at the moment -- and it's still listed for a whopping $269,997, which is, well, not a small amount of money for a car. While most purists decry the 25th Anniversary version for its over-the-top bodywork and styling, I personally love it -- and I love the fact that it has more power than earlier Countach models, too.

1987 Lamborghini Jalpa

1987 Lamborghini Jalpa - $114,900

The Lamborghini Jalpa was the "baby" Lamborghini of its day, occupying the same slot in the brand's lineup that's currently filled by the Gallardo. Offered at the same time as the Countach and touting a similar wedge-like shape, the Jalpa has never found the same success as its V12-powered big brother, especially on the used market. This one's listed with Motorcars by Bill Nuccio in the Chicago area for $114,900, and it's an excellent example of a 1987 Jalpa, with just 10,000 original miles -- and yet it's still a far cry from the near-$300,000 price tag of a Countach, listed above, from a similar era.

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster - $243,000

In Porsche parlance, "Speedster" is a term that generally refers to an open-roof car with a lower windshield and lower roofline than a standard convertible, along with a top that isn't designed to be easily taken on and off (and, thus, is hidden under a cover in back -- in this case, a body-colored one). It's a car that's designed to be used only sparingly in warm weather -- and it appears that's exactly how this 1989 Speedster was used, as it's currently offered by Porsche of San Diego with just 11,970 miles. The '89 Speedster is among the most desired, as it was the car's final model year -- and this one's near-perfect condition comes with a Carfax report that shows a history in Texas and California, before coming up for sale with an asking price of $243,000.

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe Slantnose

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe Slantnose - $199,000

Although the 911 Speedster was revered for its unique profile and rarity, the 911 Slantnose has become just as sought-after in the world of vintage and collector cars. Dubbed the "Slantnose" because, well, the nose slants down from the base of the windshield (compared to normal Porsche models of this era, with pronounced, round headlights), many were converted after the fact -- but this is a factory Slantnose car, which makes it considerably rarer. It's presented in excellent condition by Professional Auto Exchange in the Philadelphia area, where it has just 37,000 miles and an asking price of $199,000 -- and its Carfax report shows that it was sold new in Canada and only recently imported to the United States.

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