Stars of 1983 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show

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1983 IAA Motor Show

The IAA Frankfurt Motor Show  today plays host to circus-like manufacturer displays highlighting everything from dynamic test drives to idle racecars. News headlines read  of concepts, hybrids, and  880 bhp plug-ins cars  boasting acceleration times of 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and achieving speeds of 211 mph.  Times were a bit different during the 1983 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, when manufacturer’s exhibits spawned grass turf and tan blankets for their displays. In a period where Automotive photographers were still mastering the 3/4 shot we can find many gems.  The Porsche 959, BMW M6, and Audi Quattro will always have a pinch of  nostalgia for us. *Pictures from the ‘Stars of 1983’ exhibit.

Then: 1983 Porsche 959 | Today:  Porsche 918 Spyder


Then: 1983 Audi Sport Quattro | Today: Audi Quattro Concept

Audi Quattro Frankfurt IAA

Images from the 1983 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show:


1983 IAA Motor Show BMW M6

Ford Sierra XR4i

1983 IAA Motor Show Ford SierraMercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16

1983 IAA Motor Show Mercedes-Benz 190E

Opel Kapitän L (built in 1963)

1983 IAA Motor Show Opel Kapitaen

Porsche 928 S

1983 IAA Motor Show Porsche 928S

VW Golf II

1983 IAA Motor Show VW Golf 2

VW T3 Caravelle Carat

1983 IAA Motor Show VW T3

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