In a series steeped in ‘80s nostalgia, it’s no surprise that Stranger Things features plenty of period-perfect cars. From Chevrolet Camaros and K5 Blazers to Ford Pintos, the show’s car cameos encapsulate its characters’ outlook and lifestyle. However, the one that’s become the show’s signature vehicle is a big BMW 733i (E23 generation).
Steve Harrington’s burgundy Bimmer is an impressive ride for a rural Indiana high schooler, and the choice of a BMW clearly marks him as the rich kid. It’s a pity that his car is crushed underfoot by the Mind Flayer in season three.
The Volkswagen Rabbit convertible was a desirable option for upper middle class girls back in the ’80s, and Barb’s parents certainly had the money to get her one. Sadly, her car is destroyed in the Upside Down, but it was cool while it lasted.
Jim Hopper’s K5 Blazer is a utilitarian vehicle fit for the Hawkins police chief, and it perfectly personifies him as rugged but caring. This particular rig is a 1980 model, which means it has single rectangular headlights instead of the round ones that were common on earlier versions.
It wouldn’t be a ‘80s movie or TV series full of teens without at least one hot-headed jerk stepbrother. So it’s no surprise that Billy Hargrove, the show’s sneering teen villain, drives a loud and fast Camaro Z-28. It’s a shame that his car is also crushed by the Mind Flayer in the third season finale.