The 1980s was an era of unbridled excess, from its big hair and bright colors to bouncy music. For car nuts, the decade offered freedom from the brown car malaise of the 1970s. This shift was expressed through exuberant designs, faster engines, and an overarching sense of automotive joie de vivre. Unfettered from shackles of the gas crunch, the ninth decade of the 20th century saw everything from massively selling minivans to sky’s-the-limit supercars. Here are the highlights that exemplify the neon-gilded age of the 1980s.