QOTD: What New 1987 Car Would You Have Bought?


This wraps up our week of reviewing all the new 1987 cars from America and Japan.  So now it’s time to go shopping!  What new 1987 car (or cars) would you have bought?  For me, one of my favorite cars from 1987 actually came from Germany.  I thought the Mercedes 300E was arguably the best all-round car in the world, and yes, I wanted one.  The only problem?  Privilege did not come cheap: the Benz started at $38,600 ($84,826 adjusted) with no options.  That’s where Japan came in, offering a broad array of great choices across a wide variety of price points.  As Gordon Gekko famously said in the 1987 movie Wall Street, “greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”  So, I’m going to get greedy with my favorites from 1987.


For 40% less than the bare bones Mercedes-Benz 300E, I would have taken home a brand new top-trim Acura Legend sedan.  The Legend’s MSRP was $22,348 ($49,111 adjusted) which was a great value for such a sophisticated, comfortable, fun-to-drive and well crafted car.  No, it wasn’t a Mercedes, but it wasn’t priced like one either, and the Acura brand was very hot in 1987.  I’d have taken mine in Volcanic Gray Metallic with Gray leather inside.


At the other end of the price spectrum, my favorite subcompact was the Acura Integra.  Actually, back in 1987 I thought very seriously about getting one for my first car.  I loved them!  I went on many test drives and spent many hours poring over the Integra brochure.  The one I wanted then is the one I’d pick today: a Rio Red 2-door hatchback with black interior and the 5-speed manual.

1988 Toyota Supra


Another car I really lusted after in 1987 was the Toyota Supra Turbo.  In my mind, it was a cross between a sports car and a grand tourer, sort of a “personal luxury” car of the 1980s.  I thought the dark gray leather interior was gorgeous, and would have gone perfectly with the Red Metallic exterior.  I would have wanted the newly available ABS brakes too.


For a more pragmatic choice, I loved the 1987 Honda Accord.  These were amazing compact sedans and a great example of the best of Honda.  The low cowl and expansive glass made the car feel very open and airy, the pop-up lights were a neat touch, and the Accord was very nimble and responsive.  How do I know?  Well, my brother and sister-in-law had an ’86 Accord, and they loved it–and were nice enough to let me drive it.  It was also very comfortable, very nicely finished and completely, totally, continually reliable.  Great car, and I wanted one.  Please make mine an LXi sedan in Graphite Gray with Gray interior and 5-speed stick.


For a larger family car, I was a huge fan of the Ford Taurus.  Though I was a committed import car nut by 1987, a well-done domestic (not that there were many) would have been very appealing, then or now.  I’d have gone for a fully loaded Taurus LX sedan with the 3.0L V6 and 4-speed automatic, finished in Dark Shadow Blue Clearcoat Metallic with a Regatta Blue interior (yes, something other than gray!).

OK, that’s a lot of 1987 metal for me, now it’s your turn.