Base model retail price: $10,995 (about $23,048 today)
CPU: 20MHz Intel 80386
In 1987, IBM unveiled its next big step in the IBM PC space, the Personal System/2 (PS/2) line, which introduced innovations such as 3.5-inch floppy support, VGA graphics, OS/2, the Micro Channel bus, 72-pin RAM SIMMs, integrated mouse support (through the now-famous PS/2 mouse/keyboard ports), and most importantly, IBM’s first 386-based PC. The 386 arrived in the highest-end PS/2 unit, the Model 80, which shipped in a hulking tower-based configuration that could support up to 2MB of RAM and two 115MB hard drives (consumer hard drives were typically about 20MB at the time, and still very expensive).
Like all IBM PCs back then, the Model 80 was built like a tank (out of high-quality components and materials) and carried with it a tank-like price to match: $10,995, which could quickly go up to $20,000 or more depending on the configuration. To add insult to injury, customers had to buy an operating system (PC-DOS 3.3) for their Model 80 as an add-on item. That’ll be $120 extra, please.