In 1986, a large step forward was taken by Audi, with the release of the 80 and its five cylinder off-shoot – the 90. Given premium prices, the interiors were exclusively made, and the style and detail incorporated oozed quality and panache. From the mid-80’s onwards, aerodynamics were given special attention by Audi, and this was reflected by the design of the car.

The smart and refined styling may have been unbelievably sophisticated for the time, but if truth be told, it also lacked a certain degree of character. Premium prices for all models – especially the 90 – were high in ambition, too high – especially when considering the under-nourished suspension and strangely shaped boot. However, Audi continued to develop the 80 and 90 throughout their lives, adding Quattro and Sport editions that added a bit of sex appeal.

Even today, the 80 still isn’t as popular as one might expect – ironically because it looks so modern. As the number still available on these shores continues to dwindle, demand amongst collectors is set to surge.

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