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1983 Toyota Tercel

Cheap Cars of 1983

Affordability is a relative thing. But odds are, if a manufacturer is sharing the price of a product in advertising, the thing being sold is probably a good deal. Of course, in the case of automobiles, the listed base price is subject to any number of asterisks and fine-print notations—especially back in the Eighties, before regulators were paying especially close attention to auto ads.

Still, back in 1983, the cars seen below mostly feel like good deals—especially the close-out-special DeLorean, which, surprisingly, is being sold as an ’83 model, even though production officially wrapped up in 1982.

Peruse the ads below and tell us which of the cars feels like the best deal to you. The place to share comments is down below. Oh, and read the Maxima ad carefully. To us, the car actually seems expensive when adjusted for inflation, but per the text, that Datsun sedan was actually priced below the Cadillac Cimarron. Well, at least a comparably equipped Cimarron—Caddy’s unloved J-Car started at just over $12,000.

 

Cheap Cars of 1983

Datsun Maxima

1983 Datsun Maxima

1983 Datsun Maxima

Advertised Price: $15,999

Inflation Adjusted: $46,875

I Miss My Maxima

 

DeLorean DMC-12

1983 DeLorean

1983 DeLorean

Advertised Price: $21,007

Inflation Adjusted: $61,550

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Dodge Ram 50

1983 Dodge Ram 50

1983 Dodge Ram 50

Advertised Price: $5665

Inflation Adjusted: $16,600

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Dodge/Plymouth Vista

1983 Dodge/Plymouth Vista

1983 Dodge/Plymouth Vista

Advertised Price: $8115

Inflation Adjusted: $23,775

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Nissan Pulsar

1983 Nissan Pulsar

1983 Nissan Pulsar

Advertised Price: $7399

Inflation Adjusted: $21,675

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Renault Alliance

1983 Renault Alliance

1983 Renault Alliance

Advertised Price: $5695

Inflation Adjusted: $16,675

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Nissan Sentra

1983 Nissan

1983 Nissan Sentra

Advertised Price: $4949

Inflation Adjusted: $14,000

The Datsuns of 1983

 

Dodge Charger

1983 Dodge Charger

1983 Dodge Charger

Advertised Price: $6379-$8290

Inflation Adjusted: $19,700-$24,300

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Hyundai Pony

1983 Hyundai Pony

1983 Hyundai Pony (Canada)

Advertised Price: $6395 Can. ($5050 U.S.)

Inflation Adjusted: $14,800

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Suzuki Alto

1983 Suzuki Alto

1983 Suzuki Alto (England)

Advertised Price: £3250 ($4950)

Inflation Adjusted: $14,500

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Toyota Tercel

1983 Toyota Tercel

1983 Toyota Tercel

Advertised Price: $4998

Inflation Adjusted: $14,650

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