80s Detroit Luxury - Luxury Performance Cars


Imported luxury performance coupes like the Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC and BMW 630 CSi were becoming commonplace by the mid-1970s. They could even be spotted at bastions of automotive conservatism like the Grosse Pointe, Mich., yacht and country clubs frequented by Big Three auto execs. As was customary of a crowd that the legendary Brock Yates famously called out in 1968 in a column called “The Grosse Pointe Myopics,” it took them a long time to respond—nearly ten years to be exact. But by the mid-1980s, Detroit had fired its first salvos at Bimmer and Benz. Following are five notable attempts to compete in the high-end performance, personal luxury space:

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2016/12/09/80s-detroit-style