Car designers were on their game in the 1960s, but it seems they took a two-decade vacation in the ’70s and ’80s. I’m pretty sure interns used a straight edge and T-square to churn out car designs back then.
Not until the 1990s did the real designers, and their curvalicious designs, come back, along with some quality and performance that turned the ’90s into a golden age for motoring.
That might sound funny, especially being only 15 years removed from the turn of the century, but keep reading for proof that the ’90s provided the jump-start car designers needed to propel motoring into the 21st century.
At the time, these cars had the looks of exotics from Aston Martin and the performance to thrill any lover of British sports cars. Times have changed, and their style isn’t nearly as breathtaking, but back then these were the bomb diggity.
Introduced as a concept in 1994 and as a production car for the 1998 model year, the reborn Beetle kicked off the retro design theme that would last well through the next decade and influence the likes of Chrysler, Ford, Chevrolet and more.
Remember when trucks were boxy? Before 1994 all pickups were built for capability and hauling, not for design. The ’94 Ram changed things by forcing all other truck builders to up their design game.
Simply put, the one that started it all.
A family sedan that could sprint to 60 miles per hour in under 5 seconds? Thanks for bringing the M5 into modern times, BMW.
I’m cheating a little on this one, because the Supra was around in the ’80s. The Supra, though, is nothing short of legendary and only got better in the ’90s. With a stock 276 hp, this thing had a near-limitless potential for tuning and raced into the hearts of speed-loving drivers everywhere.
What’s your favorite car from the 1990s?