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Remembering the College Cars of the '80s

A trip back in time.
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People Power, coup attempts, Pope John Paul II's first visit, Lydia de Vega, double-decker buses. The '80s was quite a memorable time in our country's history, especially for those who were coming of age at the time. And if you were, you'd be able to recall the cars of the '80s, and if you were lucky, probably started driving one yourself. Here are some of the most popular cars driven by college students at the time. Put on your parachute pants and take a trip down memory lane.

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Mitsubishi Lancer
While the box-type is without doubt the most iconic Lancer (and arguably, car) from the era, the slightly older Celeste hatchback was also popular with young people.


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Mitsubishi Mirage
Long before the current Mirage became popular with millennials, the Cainta-assembled models of old were also taking students to and from their tipars.


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Toyota Starlet
What it lacked in size, the diminutive Starlet more than made up for in mass market appeal. Even today, old units of this hatchback can fetch big figures on the second-hand market.

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Toyota Corolla
The Corolla has a knack for being a hit with Filipinos (college students or otherwise) in any decade, and the '80s was no exception. The liftback variant was particularly popular back then.


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Toyota Corona
Students who wanted to look as tough as Robert Jaworski could either imitate his rough style of play on the court or drive his ride of choice, which was aptly nicknamed the "Macho Machine."


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Isuzu Gemini
Back in the day, Isuzu wasn't known solely for trucks and MPVs, and its four-door Gemini sedan was widely used as a taxi in the country. That might've carried some stigma with it, but it meant that the car was reliable, cheap to maintain, and fuel-efficient—a perfect recipe for a great college car. For younger drivers, the two-door was usually their ride of choice.

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Opel Manta
If well-to-do students today can turn to cars like the Toyota 86 if they want a rear-wheel drive sports coupe, '80s rich kids had the option of the Opel Manta.


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This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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