Which of the following events was more jarring? The addition of Elmo to the cast of Sesame Street, or the introduction of a front-wheel-drive Buick Electra? Both events, coincidentally, took place in 1985, and both events were met with a certain amount of grumbling.
For parents pressed to watch Sesame Street with their kids, the appearance of Elmo meant enduring a new segment of the popular children’s program aimed specifically at toddlers–something that made the show a tougher watch for parents of somewhat older kids. As for the Buick, the downsized, front-drive update of a brand staple unnerved many brand loyalists, most of whom weren’t buying the whole sportier/more-efficient argument.
Also interesting about 1985 is the number of turbocharged vehicles available for sale that year. Our somewhat randomly amassed collection of ads features four such vehicles. If you’ve ever spent time with any of the cars shown below, please tell us about it. We always appreciate hearing about the autos that once occupied our readers’ garages.
Alfa Romeo GTV 6
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AMC Eagle SX/4
Review Flashback! 1980 AMC Eagle
Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport
Worst Car Commercials: The 80s
Chrysler Town & Country
Pentastar Madness! A Gallery of Classic Chrysler Ads
Dodge 600 ES Convertible
Forgotten Concept: Dodge Dakota Sidewinder
Dodge Daytona Turbo Z
Ford Escort Turbo GT
Honda Civic CRX HF
Honda Civic Growth Curve: 1986 Versus 2016
Oldsmobile Cruiser Wagons
Pontiac Grand Am
Review Flashback! 1986 Pontiac Grand Am Review