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Learn about the Alfa Romeo Badge

Learn about the Alfa Romeo Badge

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Photo Courtesy of www.autoevolution.com

Even though car fans know the Alfa Romeo brand, the brand has been non-existent in the US for many years. Now that the Fiat Group owns the brand, it will not be long before Alfa Romeo models become recognizable to a new generation. As of this point, just over 80 dealers in the United States will soon be selling the classic Italian lineup. While buyers will not be seeing cars like the Alfa Romeo 164, they will be seeing plenty of Alfa’s with the unusual logo.

Only in the 1980s and 1990s

Only in the 1980s and 1990s

'98 Alfa Romeo 164

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It is easy to tell what decade a car came from based on the shape of the car. For example, fins on the back of a car screams 1950s and the torpedo look screams post-war 1940s. In the late 1980s and 1990s, there was a distinct look that drivers either loved or hated. The shape has distinctive curves and the cars usually came with a spoiler of some sort. These unusual shaped cars often had a distinctive front branding that set them apart from the traditional family car. These are a few that fit this distinctive late-century look:

Monte Carlo SS: Ending the Oil Embargo in Style

Monte Carlo SS: Ending the Oil Embargo in Style

1970 Chevrolet Monte CarloWhen the 1980s rolled around and the oil problems and energy crisis began to dissipate, the Big Three automakers, GM, Ford, and Chrysler, began turning away from fuel efficient gas sippers and slowly began to reintroduce cars with a little power under the hood.

1986 Chevrolet Monte CarloCars started to get exciting again, especially as the Big Three released a few cars that paid homage to the muscle cars from the pre-energy crisis years. Automakers started using V6 and V8 engines because fuel was available. As the decade moved on, Detroit car makers even started to add turbo into the mix, too.

Motor Trend Car of the Year Winners of the 1980s

There is a certain mystique that goes along with being named the Motor Trend Car of the Year, and the prestigious award dates all the way back to 1949. This was the year that Motor Trend magazine was founded, and it has been in circulation every since, under the Peterson Publishing Company banner until 1998 when it was sold to EMAP, who sold it to Primedia three years later. Source Interlink is the current publisher of Motor Trend, and its readership reaches into the seven figures.