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These Are the Best-Preserved 1980s Cars for Sale on Autotrader

If you’re looking for a pristine icon of the 1980s, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up four fantastic 1980s cars that are incredibly well preserved — far better than the vast majority of cars that are 30 years old. Each of these vehicles is also a bit of an icon — and you’re sure to be a hit at any 1980s-themed car event if you roll up in one of these.

1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS – 970 Miles

This 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo SS is amazingly nice — mostly because it’s only traveled 970 miles from new. Finished in white with a red interior, this Monte Carlo is in fantastic shape, and it boasts the desirable 5.0-liter V8 and attractive “SS” graphics. It’s offered by HGreg Lux in Pompano Beach, Florida, with no price listed, probably because it’s tremendously hard to come up with a good asking price for this car, given just how rare it is to find a Monte Carlo like this one. Find a Chevrolet Monte Carlo for sale

1989 Ferrari 328 GTS

1989 Ferrari 328 GTS – 476 Miles – $228,900

Although nearly all Ferrari models are driven sparingly, this one is especially impressive. It’s a 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS that’s traveled just 476 miles since it was sold new 30 years ago, making it a total time capsule — and an ultra-low mileage car, even by Ferrari standards. This particular 328 is also finished in a rare color — white, as opposed to the usual red or black — and it’s offered by Marshall Goldman Motors in the Cleveland area for $228,900. Find a Ferrari 328 for sale

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD – 5,200 Miles – $49,900

This 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD is a full-size, diesel-powered luxury sedan with practically no miles on it. OK, sure, it’s considered “high mileage” by the standards of this list at 5,200 miles from new — but most of these Mercedes sedans were built to drive long distances, and this one just hasn’t. It’s amazingly original with a few period modifications (chrome wheel arch flares, anyone?) and it’s offered by Motorcars by Bill Nuccio in the Chicago area for $49,900. Find a Mercedes-Benz 300SD for sale

1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

1988 Pontiac Fiero GT – 406 Miles – $29,500

The Pontiac Fiero was a special car, as it was a mid-engine General Motors sports car — and it was so special that the owner of this Fiero bought it and never drove it. Now, 31 years later, this Fiero is offered with just 406 original miles. It’s a desirable model — a V6-powered Fiero GT with a manual transmission — and it’s offered by a private seller in the Detroit area who notes it’s only been driven a few miles per month since 1988, and, obviously, only in the warm months. Find a Pontiac Fiero for sale

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  1. I had a friend in high school (’88-’92) with a Monte Carlo SS, and I literally had no idea what it was. I was all in on Honda/Acura at the time, and I thought his car was just this big lump of Chevrolet junk.

  2. OK, one problem with that Monte Carlo SS is that it’s an Aero Coupe, which was far less desirable than the regular version.  The rear window was made into a faux fastback design to help the Monte Carlos in NASCAR, and while the back window made the car have better aerodynamics in races, it looked strange and ungainly in regular production models.

    • I can’t speak for how the Aero Coupe was received back in the day; I was only two when GM killed the G-body, but among today’s Monte Carlo aficionados, and yes, they do exist, that big window goes for big bucks, often double the standard SS. The T-tops are the icing on the cake, and it could easily bring $30K. What it will absolutely not bring is $39,900, which is the dealer finally has it listed for.

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