The 1980s represented a time of great change for the world: the Cold War was drawing to a close, disco was dead, and the stock market was on the rise in ways not seen since the 1920s. The ‘80s were an equally turbulent time for the American auto industry: GM underwent heavy restructuring, Chrysler nearly went bust, new market segments blossomed and cutting edge technology made its way into cars. At the same time, the industry faced strict new government fuel economy standards and fierce competition from imported brands. In this gallery, we recount this decade’s icons, both good and bad.