Category: Log Entry

Things I don’t like about the Mondial

I’ve written tons of articles about what is right about the Mondial. I think it’s about time I take a different direction. Things that I hate. This post would be a great counterbalance, and importantly provide intellectual honesty on the car. Here’s my list:…

Mondial 8 retrospective Part III

Let me step back and restate my thesis for clarity: The 1980 Mondial 8 (US Spec, perhaps a more apt description would be California Spec) *is slow* compared to used cars and vehicles available to purchase outside the United States in 1980. However, compared…

Context is King Part II

One thing to note as well is I started doing analysis – I first limited it to cars that were 2+2 (I mean it’s sort of unfair to compare cars from different classes.) For example, one would not compare a Lusso to a Mclaren…

Context is King.

I’ve often talked about the reason why/how the Mondial got the ‘poor’ performer albatross tossed around its neck. When the Mondial 8 first came it, it was designed from the get-go to pass stringent emissions rules worldwide, specifically the United States, and in particular…

Why was 1980 a bad time for sports cars?

Journalists┬ádon’t do a good job explaining the 1980 epoch, and why so many cars were underpowered and not judge the car in a vacuum without context. Ferrari had to abide by strict EPA regulations at this time. The same rules that forced the creation…

Mondial Myths (Part II)

I’ve always respected opinions about aesthetics (or lack thereof.) I’m one of the few in the small minority that always hated (even as a kid) the general shape of the 911 (gasp) – so I am very much in the school of ‘eye of…

Additional thoughts about the Mondial 8

1980 was a horrible era for *all* high-performance cars that were allowed to be imported into the USA. Articles that single out the Mondial 8 was just as unfair then as it is now. Why not mention the 308gtsi? The Maserati Marek? The Lamborghini…