1982 Fiat X1/9 coupe

“Nothing moves you like a Fiat Sportscar.”

1982 was the final model year that the X1/9 coupe that had debuted in 1974 was sold under the Fiat name—after that, it would be marketed under the Bertone name as Fiat withdrew from the United States. The X1/9 was small; at 156.3 inches in length, it was more than three inches shorter than today’s Fiat 124 Spider.

1982 Fiat X1/9 advertisement.

 

With its wedge shape, the X1/9 was part of a design trend in inexpensive sports coupes that included the Triumph TR7/TR8, the Pontiac Fiero, and the Toyota MR2.

The only powertrain available on the X1/9 continued to be a 75 bhp 3.5 liter/91 ci inline four with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection paired with a five-speed manual. An X1/9 owner could expect a 0-60 time of a little over 11 seconds in a coupe with a curb weight of 2,209 pounds.

Mileage wasn’t as good as you would think: rated at 26 city/37 highway by 1982 standards (20/26 by today’s calculation). With a 12.7-gallon gas tank, the driver of an X1/9 could expect a range of between 265 and 360 miles with a 10% fuel reserve.

Standard equipment on the $10,900 X1/9 (about $29,400 in today’s dollars or about what a 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth convertible goes for) included pop-up headlights, a removable targa roof, rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel disc brakes, and Pirelli Cinturato P3 P165/70R13 tires (a size still available thanks to Vredestein) on 13 x 5.5 inch wheels. Inside, bucket seats, a four-spoke padded steering wheel, a lockable glove box, and full instrumentation were included.

Options included metallic paint, tinted glass, air conditioning, and an AM/FM stereo radio.

The X1/9 has a following in both its Fiat and Bertone versions. According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for a 1982 X1/9 in #1/Concours condition is $19,800, with a more normal #3/Good car going for $6,300. X1/9s come up for sale every once in a while in the Hemming’s Motor News classifieds or on eBay Motors. As I write this in February 2019, there’s a 1979 Black Metallic X1/9 with tan/black vinyl seats and 83,000 miles available for $10,500.

1987 Pontiac Grand Prix coupe

While dropping my parents off at church this Sunday morning, I saw a stock-appearing facelifted fourth-generation Grand Prix with two-tone paint out of the corner of my eye—heading west on the Lincoln Highway. As good a reason as any to finally complete this blog post that I’ve been working on for over six months.

“… a Pontiac classic …”

1987 marked the final model year for the G-body Grand Prix coupe—it would be replaced in 1988 by an all-new W-body front-wheel-drive model. Changes were few; the Grand Prix portion of Pontiac’s 1987 brochure emphasized a new sport steering wheel and new 45/55 seats for the LE.

The standard Grand Prix powertrain continued to be the LD5 110 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with a two-barrel carburetor paired with a three-speed automatic. Optional engines included the LB4 140 bhp 4.3 liter/263 ci V6 with fuel injection ($200 and available with either a three-speed or a four-speed automatic) and the LG4 150 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor ($590 and only available with a $175 four-speed automatic). With the V8, a Grand Prix owner could expect a 0-60 time of a little over nine seconds in a coupe with a shipping weight of 3,231 pounds.

Mileage wasn’t good with any engine/transmission combination: the best was the 4.3 liter/four-speed automatic combination with 19 city/26 highway (17/24 by today’s standards). Predictably, the V8 was the worst, at 17 city/24 highway—with a 13.6-gallon gas tank the owner of a V8 Grand Prix could expect a range of between 225 and 250 miles with a 10% fuel reserve.

Standard equipment on the $11,069 Grand Prix (about $25,300 in 2019 dollars) included power steering, power front disc/rear drum brakes, and P195/75R14 blackwall tires (a size still available thanks to Hankook and Kumho) on 14-inch wheels. General Motors was moving to option groups in the late eighties, and the base Grand Prix had two. Option Group I $1,313) included dual sport sideview mirrors, body side moldings, air conditioning with Soft Ray tinted glass, a tilt steering wheel that was also a luxury cushion steering wheel, and a Delco ETR AM/FM stereo radio. Option Group II ($1,867) added cruise control, lamp group, controlled cycle windshield wipers, power door locks, and power windows.

Moving up to the LE ($11,799) added dual sport sideview mirrors, 45/55 notchback seats in Pallex cloth, and a four-spoke sport steering wheel. For the LE, Option Group I ($1,844) included body side moldings, air conditioning with Soft Ray tinted glass, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, lamp group, controlled cycle windshield wipers, power door locks, power windows, a visor vanity mirror, and a Delco ETR AM/FM stereo radio. Option Group II ($2,117) added halogen headlamps, a deck lid release, and a power driver’s seat, and made the visor vanity mirror illuminated.

The top-of-the-line Brougham ($12,519) added 45/55 notchback seats in Majestic cloth, power windows, special trim, and a luxury cushion steering wheel. Option Group I ($1,874) for the Brougham included body side moldings, air conditioning with Soft Ray tinted glass, a tilt steering wheel, a power driver’s seat, cruise control, lamp group, controlled cycle windshield wipers, power door locks, a visor vanity mirror, and a Delco ETR AM/FM stereo radio. Option Group II ($2,078) added halogen headlamps, cornering lamps, luggage compartment trim, a deck lid release, dual remote mirrors, and a dome reading lamp, and added illumination to the visor vanity mirror. A Brougham with Option Package 2, the V8, and the four-speed automatic came to a non-trivial $15,362 (about $35,100 in today’s dollars or about what a 2019 Buick Regal Avenir sedan goes for).

Individual exterior and mechanical options included a rally-tuned suspension ($50), a power sunroof ($925), a hatch roof with removable glass panels ($905), a power antenna ($70), two-tone paint ($205 to $295) and turbo-finned cast aluminum wheels ($246). Inside, you could get bucket seats with recliners and console ($292 with Ripple cloth in the base coupe, $69 with Pallex cloth in the LE, or $369 with leather in the LE), and a rally gauge cluster with tachometer ($153) along with a range of stereos up to a Delco ETR AM/FM stereo radio with cassette and graphic equalizer ($450).

Grand Prix page from the 1987 Pontiac brochure.

The 1987 Grand Prix did not sell well—sales were about 41% of the 1986 total, and, at 16,542, the typical Pontiac dealer sold more Grand Ams, 6000s, Bonnevilles, Sunbirds, Firebirds, and Fieros.

Evidently (based on my observation this morning) someone is saving these cars! Hagerty declines to value any Grand Prix after 1977, but this generation does come up for sale every once in a while in the Hemming’s Motor News classifieds or on eBay Motors. As I write this in February 2019, there’s a 1985 Silver/Medium Gray two-tone Grand Prix LE with gray cloth notchback seats, a 3.8 liter/231 ci V6, an automatic, and 54,000 miles available for $12,900.

Other rear-wheel drive G-platform (designated A-platform before 1982) cars I have written about include the 1984 Buick Regal Grand National coupe, the 1983 Chevrolet Malibu sedan, the 1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Sport Coupe, the 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe, and the 1980 Pontiac Grand Am coupe.

Make mine Dark Maroon Metallic, please.

1987 Buick LeSabre T Type coupe

“… ranks as the most exciting new LeSabre ever”

1987 was the first year for the T Type version of Buick’s sixth-generation LeSabre. Looking toward a looming future where the rear-wheel-drive Regal would no longer exist, Buick did its best to inject some sportiness into these big front-wheel-drive coupes.

Power wasn’t great—the only engine available on any LeSabre was the 3.8 liter/231 ci sequential fuel injected V-6 making 150 horsepower and mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 came in a little over 10 seconds in the 3,250-pound coupe—sprightly but not speedy in 1987. Fuel economy was 18 city/27 highway by the standards of the day (16/25 by 2018 standards). With an 18-gallon fuel tank, a LeSabre owner could expect a range of about 330 to 365 miles.

Exterior and mechanical features specific to the $15,591 T Type (about $35,500 in 2018 dollars or about what a 2019 Buick LaCrosse Preferred sedan goes for) included blackout trim treatment, a front air dam, a rear deck spoiler, a Gran Touring suspension, a 2.97 performance axle ratio, and 215/65R15 Goodyear Eagle GT blackwall tires (a size still readily available) on 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Inside, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, gray/black 45/45 cloth seats, a gage package with red backlighting, and an ETR AM-FM stereo radio with graphic equalizer, cassette tape, and more red backlighting were included.

Standard exterior and mechanical equipment on all LeSabre coupes included composite tungsten halogen headlamps, power rack and pinion steering, clearcoat paint, dual horns, Soft-Ray tinted glass, and a fixed-mast radio antenna. Inside, air conditioning, adjustable front-seat headrests, and cut-pile carpeting were standard.

Exterior and mechanical options included an anti-lock brake system ($925), flip-open Vista-Vent removable glass sunroof ($350), electric side mirrors ($91), intermittent windshield wipers ($55), and power antenna ($95). Inside, automatic climate control ($165), power door locks ($145) power windows ($210), tilt steering column ($125), and electronic cruise control ($175) were available.

LeSabre pages from the 1987 “Hot Buick” brochure, linked from the Old Car Manual Project’s amazing brochures section.

The automotive press and the auto market itself weren’t quite sure what to make of the LeSabre T Type—Consumer Guide said: “it had nothing exceptional to rave about.” Sales were not good in a year when the LeSabre overall sold quite well; only 4,123 out of the 16,899 coupes sold.

A few folks do collect these cars, but I haven’t seen a LeSabre coupe of any type for many years. This generation of LeSabres does maintain some presence in the Hemming’s Motor News classifieds and on eBay Motors—however, there are none for sale as I write this in February 2019.

Make mine Dark Blue Metallic, please.

1980 Ford Mustang Cobra hatchback coupe

“A sports car for the 80’s.”

1980 was the second year for the Fox-body Mustang and brought few changes from the debut year—and some of those weren’t great, such as a downgraded V8. The Cobra inherited some features from 1979 Pace Car, including a front spoiler, dual fog lamps, and a rear deck spoiler.

The standard powertrain on the base Mustang was Ford’s Lima 88 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with a Motorcraft 5200 two-barrel carburetor matched with a four-speed manual. A Windsor 119 bhp 4.2 liter/255 ci V8 with a Motorcraft 2150 two-barrel carburetor was available with a three-speed automatic, but the top-of-the-line powertrain was a turbocharged version of the Lima inline four with a Holley 6500 two-barrel carburetor making 132 bhp paired with the four-speed manual. Thus, for 1980 the fastest available Mustang had a 0-60 time of a little under 11 seconds. With a 12.5-gallon fuel tank and 18 city/30 highway fuel mileage (about 15/25 by today’s standards), a Cobra‘s proud new owner could expect a range of about 225 to 270 miles with a 10% fuel reserve.

Standard mechanical equipment on the $7,098 Cobra (about $23,700 in today’s dollars) included the turbocharged inline four, the four-speed manual, a “special suspension system” with heavy duty front and rear stabilizer bars and special shock valving, a sport-tuned exhaust with bright tailpipe extension, and Michelin TRX 190/65R390 tires (they’re still available!) on 15.3-inch forged aluminum wheels. Exterior equipment included dual remote styled mirrors and black lower bodyside paint. A Cobra‘s interior didn’t have many upgrades, but you did get an 8,000-rpm tachometer and a black engine-turned instrument panel applique.

Standard equipment on all Mustang hatchback coupes included dual rectangular halogen headlamps, wraparound taillamps, a modified MacPherson strut front suspension, front disc/rear drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering. Inside, full instrumentation (tachometer, trip odometer, fuel/temperature/oil/alternator gauges), a sports steering wheel, color-keyed cut pile carpeting, all vinyl high-back bucket seats, a lockable glove box, and a cigarette lighter were included.

Exterior and mechanical options included Cobra hood graphics ($88), a flip-up open air roof ($219), black liftgate louvers ($141), and a rear window/wiper washer ($79). Inside, you could choose SelectAir conditioning ($538), Recaro high-back bucket seats ($531), an electric rear window defroster ($96), interval windshield wipers ($39), tilt steering wheel ($78), and the power lock group ($113). A series of stereos were available, with the most capable being an AM/FM stereo radio with a cassette tape player ($271). Higher end stereos could be paired with the Premium Sound System ($94), which added a higher-power amplifier and more capable rear speakers.

Cobra pages from the 1980 Ford Mustang brochure, linked from the Old Car Manual Project’s amazing brochures pages.

1980 Ford Mustangs sold decently, accounting for about 23% of Ford’s overall sales in a down year. Reviews of the day were unhappy, but understanding about the loss off the 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 in the middle of the second oil crisis—Car and Driver stated that “Whether you like life with turbochargers or not, you might as well get used to it.”

Folks are definitely collecting these early Fox-body Mustangs. Cobras come up for sale every once in a while in the Hemming’s Motor News classifieds or on eBay Motors, though there aren’t any available right now.

According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for a 1980 Cobra in #1/Concours condition is an astounding $23,100, with a more normal #3/Good car going for $9,800. Make mine Black, I think, perhaps with those extra-cost Cobra hood graphics.

Later Fox-body Mustangs I have covered include the 1982 GT hatchback coupe, the 1983 GT convertible, and the 1984 SVO hatchback coupe. I guess I’ll have to get to the second half of the Mustang’s decade at some point.

1986 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham sedan

“Owning a Cadillac is a satisfying experience.”

For 1986, Cadillac transitioned the Fleetwood Brougham from the Cadillac-built HT-4100 130 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection to the Oldsmobile-built 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor. Production for the model year started late—it didn’t get going until February 1986.

The only powertrain available mated the aforementioned V8 to a four-speed automatic transmission. Mileage was rated at 18 city/25 highway by the standards of the day (16/23 by today’s standards). With a 20.7-gallon fuel tank, a Fleetwood Brougham buyer could expect a range of between 365 and 400 miles with a 10% reserve. The target market didn’t really care about performance, but the 0-60 time was a little under 13 seconds.

Standard exterior and mechanical equipment on the $21,265 Fleetwood Brougham (about $48,900 in today’s dollars or about what a base 2019 Cadillac CT6 sedan goes for) included rear wheel drive, power front disc/rear drum brakes, Soft Ray tinted glass, a full padded roof treatment, and P215/75R15 steel-belted all-season radial whitewall tires (a size still readily available, including in whitewall) on 15-inch wheels. Inside, an illuminated entry system, power door locks, power windows, electronic climate control, and dual comfort 55/45 heather cloth seats with six-way power adjuster for the driver were all included in these comfortably equipped cars.

Upgrading to the Sedan d’Elegance added adjustable rear seat reading lamps, controlled cycle wipers, tufted pillow-style seating areas, a six-way power seat and manual recliner for the front passenger, and an AM/FM stereo radio with power antenna.

Among the many exterior and mechanical options were the electrically powered Astroroof ($1,255), electronic level control ($203), and wire wheels ($860 to $940). Inside, Twilight Sentinel ($85), automatic door locks ($170), power trunk lid release ($40), and driver’s side memory seat ($215) were available.

Sedan d’Elegance pages from the 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham brochure, linked from Hans Tore Tangerud’s lov2xlr8 website.

The 1986 Fleetwood Brougham sold decently, especially considering the short year—49,115 examples went out the door. In 1987, the name was shortened to just Brougham, but Cadillac would sell the same basic model through the 1992 model year with only one notable update in 1990.

Folks are collecting these rear wheel drive eighties Cadillacs, but values do not approach those of Fleetwoods from previous decades. According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for a 1986 Fleetwood Brougham sedan in #1/Concours condition is a painfully low $8,000, with a more normal number #3/Good condition car going for $4,200. Eighties Fleetwood Broughams and their ilk are regularly featured in the Hemming’s Motor News classifieds and on eBay Motors—as I write this in February 2019 there’s a Cotillion White 1986 with burgundy velour seats and 44,000 miles available on Hemmings for $11,000.

Make mine Autumn Maple Firemist, please.

Eighties Vehicles at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

As always, the January auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale provided some interesting fodder for commentary, along with a compare/contrast to Mecum Kissimmee, which comes about one week earlier. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars and trucks that sold and add some of my opinions; I’ll leave the motorcycles and automobilia to others. Eighties vehicles were reasonably present at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale—about 4% of the 1,692 relevant lots.

Monday, January 14th:

  • 1983 Red Datsun 280ZX Turbo hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an L28E 180 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection and turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$7,500 hammer price for the rarely seen 2+2 version of the Z car.
1983 Datsun 280ZX, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1987 Red Chevrolet Corvette custom (body, engine, wheels/tires) hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection and supercharger, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1988 Black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with palomino leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 45,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with carmine cloth seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 76,000 miles. At $14,500, the first vehicle in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars or trucks: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these vehicles in bold green.
  • 1984 Frost White/Burgundy two-tone Chevrolet K10 pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$14,500
  • 1980 Black Chevrolet Corvette custom (body, interior) convertible with tan seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$17,500 for this Ferrari Daytona imitation.
  • 1982 White Jeep CJ-5 custom (suspension, wheels/tires, interior) SUV with black/white seats, a 119 bhp 5.0 liter/304 ci V8 with a Motorcraft two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$16,000
  • 1989 White Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, a 250 bhp (at least) 3.8 liter/231 ci turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,100 miles—$34,500

Tuesday, January 15th:

  • 1987 Medium Garnet Red Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with gray cloth seats, an L44 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$9,500
  • 1986 Crystal Green Metallic Porsche 944 Turbo hatchback coupe with burgundy leather seats, a 220 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection and turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$11,000 for this very different (but correct) Porsche color.
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1983 Blue Ford Mustang GLX convertible with a white top, blue/white seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1986 Bright Blue Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an LG4 155 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$13,500
  • 1985 Dark Blue Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (body) convertible with a black top, black/gray cloth seats, an LG4 155 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 84,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1985 Black Jeep CJ-7 mild custom SUV with black vinyl seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$16,000
  • 1989 Yellow Jeep Cherokee custom (body, wheels/tires) SUV with gray seats, a 4.0 liter/242 ci inline six with fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1989 Bright Red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,500 miles—$19,500
  • 1982 Silver Jeep CJ-5 SUV with black seats, a 110 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 66,000 miles—$17,500
  • 1987 White Buick Regal Limited coupe with blue cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 55,000 miles—$38,500 for this relatively rare (one of 1,035 built) car that has the turbo but doesn’t have the “Darth Buick” look.
  • 1989 White Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, a 250 bhp (at least) 3.8 liter/231 ci turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,700 miles—$38,000
  • 1984 Russet Chevrolet Silverado custom (engine, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 98,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1987 Silver/Gray two-tone Toyota Land Cruiser HJ60 SUV with gray cloth seats, a 4.0 liter diesel inline six, and an automatic—$19,000
  • 1987 Silver Chevrolet Silverado custom (powertrain, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic—$27,000
  • 1986 Dark Blue/Light Blue two-tone Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, an automatic, and 95,000 miles—$20,000

Wednesday, January 16th:

  • 1985 White/Gray two-tone Chevrolet El Camino Conquista custom (engine, paint, interior, wheels) pickup truck with blue/gray cloth/vinyl seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 95,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1983 World Rally Blue Subaru BRAT pickup truck with gray/blue cloth/vinyl seats, an EA-81 73 bhp 1.8 liter/109 ci flat four, and a four-speed manual—$12,000
  • 1980 Copper Toyota Celica GT Sunchaser convertible with brown plaid cloth/vinyl seats, a 2.2 liter inline four, a five-speed manual, and 56,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1987 White/Gray two-tone GMC 3500 Indy Hauler crew cab pickup truck with a burgundy cloth bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1983 White Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 11,000 miles—$7,500. As soon as I write that you never see Berlinettas, they start showing up at auction.
  • 1987 Dark Gray Metallic Subaru BRAT pickup truck with gray cloth/vinyl seats, an EA-81 73 bhp 1.8 liter/109 ci flat four, a four-speed manual, and 27,000 miles—$16,500. Two BRATs in one auction!
  • 1987 Black/Gray two-tone Chevrolet K10 custom (engine, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$26,000
  • 1987 Black/Gray two-tone Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV with gray cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$26,000
  • 1980 Red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with oyster cloth seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$11,500
  • 1987 White Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 7,400 miles—$30,000
  • 1985 Black Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1982 Scarlet Red Toyota pickup truck with tan cloth seats, a 22R 2.4 liter/144 ci inline four, a five-speed manual, and 72,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 Black Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe with scarlet red cloth seats, a Lima 150 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with fuel injection and turbocharger, an automatic, and 9,400 miles—$7,000. Suddenly, eighties Thunderbirds are showing up at auction.
  • 1989 Dark Red Metallic Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 344 miles—$34,000
  • 1989 Black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with palomino leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$45,000 marks this as a very nice 560SL.
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1983 Guards Red Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet custom (body) with a black top, black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 118,000 miles—$37,000
  • 1985 Cream/Gold two-tone Dodge Ramcharger Prospector SUV with gold cloth/vinyl seats, an LA 175 bhp 5.8 liter/360 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 7,600 miles—$21,000

Thursday, January 17th:

  • 1983 Black Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an L28 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$4,000
  • 1986 Black/Red two-tone Chevrolet S10 custom (just about everything besides the powertrain) pickup truck with a black vinyl bench seat, a 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four, and an automatic—$5,700
  • 1989 Tan Mercedes-Benz 300TE station wagon with tan seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/180 ci inline six, and an automatic—$14,500 for this wagon once owned by Shirley Temple Black.
  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$28,000
  • 1985 Tuxedo Black Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with red tufted leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$35,000 is serious money for an eighties Eldo, much less a coupe.
1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1985 Black Chevrolet K5 Blazer (engine, suspension, wheels/tires) SUV with a gray interior, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1985 Copper/Chocolate two-tone Dodge Ramcharger custom (powertrain, interior) SUV with copenhagen leather seats, a Hemi 5.7 liter/345 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$28,000
  • 1988 White Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 47 miles—$36,000
  • 1981 Stainless Steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 4,800 miles—$36,000
  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 29 miles—$60,000
  • 1981 Charcoal Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler custom (just about everything) pickup truck with gray seats, a 6.0 liter V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$45,000
  • 1986 White Pontiac Grand Prix race car with a black race seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$100,000 for this car once raced by Rusty Wallace.
  • 1984 Oxford White Ford Mustang GT350 convertible with a white top, canyon red seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 121 miles—$32,000

Friday, January 18th:

  • 1987 Blue Maserati Biturbo Spyder with a blue top, tan leather seats, a 187 bhp 2.0 liter/122 ci V6 with fuel injection and (natch!) twin turbochargers, an automatic (why?), and 8,300 miles—$7,500 for the most unusual eighties vehicle in this auction.
1987 Maserati Biturbo, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1987 Matte Pearl Orange Mercedes-Benz 240 GD custom (interior, paint) SUV with black leather seats, a 71 bhp 2.4 liter/147 ci diesel, and a four-speed manual—$55,000
  • 1980 Black/Gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition coupe with dark camel cloth seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 781 miles—an astounding $77,000. Hagerty’s valuation tools show all the money for a 1980 Special Edition in #1/Concours condition as being $53,400, with a 15% deduction for the automatic this car has.
  • 1986 Aquamarine Blue Porsche 911 Turbo custom (engine, interior, suspension, paint) coupe with black leather seats, a 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, and a four-speed manual—$139,000
  • 1986 Rosso Corsa Ferrari 328 GTS coupe with black leather seats, an F105B 260 bhp 3.2 liter/195 ci V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$62,000
  • 1980 Burgundy Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (powertrain, body, paint, interior) coupe with tan leather seats, an LS1 5.7 liter/346 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$42,000.
  • 1987 Black Buick GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 276 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 7,600 miles—$80,000
  • 1981 White Jeep CJ-7 custom (paint, interior) SUV with black seats, a 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a three-speed manual—$1.31 million for this charity car.
  • 1986 Rosso Corsa Ferrari Testarossa coupe with tan leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 13,000 miles—$120,000
  • 1983 Santorini Black Land Rover Defender 110 custom (interior, paint, wheels/tires) pickup truck with brown/spice leather seats, an unknown V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$115,000

Saturday, January 19th:

  • 1982 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo custom (body, wheels/tires, engine?) coupe with black leather seats, a 3.3 liter flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, a four-speed manual, and 53,000 miles—$100,000 for this (I believe) gray market car.
  • Two 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupes with black/gray cloth seats, LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6s with turbocharging and fuel injection, and automatics—$61,000 for this pair, one with 600 miles and one with 900 miles.
  • 1988 Venetian Blue Metallic Porsche 911 Turbo factory slantnose coupe with pearl white leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, a four-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$150,000 shows that there are other colors besides Guards Red that attract eighties Porsche bidders.
1988 Porsche 911 Turbo, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1988 Rosso Corsa Ferrari Testarossa coupe with tan leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 1,000 miles—$200,000 means the bidders judged this car as the nicest of the three Testarossas in this auction.
  • 1988 White Ferrari Testarossa coupe with white leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 3,600 miles—$130,000 for the Miami Vice version.
  • 1982 Champagne Porsche 911 SC custom (body, engine) convertible with a black top, tan leather seats, a 3.3 liter flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$60,000
  • 1987 Black Buick GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 276 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,600 miles—$95,000
  • 1988 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with black leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, a four-speed manual, and 40,000 miles—$88,000

Sunday, January 20th:

  • 1980 Black Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II custom (interior) sedan with cream leather seats, an L410 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and an automatic—$30,000 for this car previously owned by Erik Estrada and modified by the Unique Rides crew.
  • 1987 Lime Green Dodge Ram custom (just about everything) pickup truck with gray leather seats, a 5.9 liter/360 ci V8, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1984 White Ford F8000 fire truck with gray vinyl seats, a Caterpillar 3208 10.4 liter/636 ci diesel V8, and a three-speed automatic—$17,000

This auction featured a lot of Chevrolets, Buicks, Pontiacs, and Porsches from the eighties. What do you think of this year’s results?

Eighties Vehicles at the 2019 Mecum Kissimmee, Part Two

This year’s huge January auction at Mecum Kissimmee provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the reasonably stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that Mecum auctions are not “no reserve” auctions—a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster convertible with cashmere beige leather seats and 252 miles was a no sale bid up to $260,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissimmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this second post covers the eighties 6% of the approximately 1,270 vehicles sold from Tuesday through Sunday.

Tuesday, January 8th:

  • 1987 Blue Jeep Comanche pickup truck with a gray interior, a 173 bhp 4.0 liter/242 ci inline six, and an automatic—$5,500 hammer price.
  • 1984 Black GMC C15 Blackjack Edition pickup truck with a black vinyl bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci v8, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$13,500. I’ve never heard of a Blackjack Edition.
  • 1989 Bright Red Chevrolet Corvette custom (body) convertible with a black top, tan leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1981 Gray Volkswagen Rabbit LS hatchback sedan with beige vinyl seats, a 52 bhp 1.6 liter/97 ci diesel inline four, a five-speed manual, and 73,000 miles—$6,000. Who saves these cars?
1981 Volkswagen Rabbit, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1989 Yellow Chrysler TC by Maserati convertible with camel leather seats, a Turbo II 160 bhp 2.2 liter/135 ci inline four with fuel injection and a turbocharger, and 30,000 miles—$4,500
  • 1986 Red Chrysler Laser XE hatchback coupe with black leather seats, a Turbo I 146 bhp 2.2 liter/135 ci inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and a turbocharger, and 55,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1988 White Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats and an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection—$10,000
  • 1983 Black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 hatchback coupe with Camaro-logoed burnt orange cloth seats, a Cross-Fire 175 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1986 Red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 transmission, and 8,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1987 White Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 78,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1985 Red Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with tan leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1989 Green Jeep CJ with completely unknown equipment—$6,000
  • 1989 Purple Ford F150 custom (suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 and an automatic—$4,000
  • 1986 Red Nissan 300ZX 2+2 hatchback coupe with burgundy seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1984 Gold/Black two-tone Nissan 300ZX 50th Anniversary hatchback coupe with burgundy seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$16,000

Wednesday, January 9th:

  • 1985 Burgundy Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with red tufted leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 46,000 miles—$10,000 for this attractive top-of-the-line Cadillac coupe.
1985 Cadillac Eldorado, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1980 Yellow Jeep CJ-5 Renegade SUV with an unknown engine (I think an inline six) and an unknown manual transmission—$15,000
  • 1980 Orange MG MGB convertible with black vinyl seats, a 62.5 bhp 1.8 liter/110 ci inline four with a Zenith 150 CD4T carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$10,500
  • 1985 Blue Jeep CJ-7 Renegade custom (everything) SUV with a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1983 Orange Mercedes-Benz 240 GD custom (interior, paint) SUV with black suede seats, a 71 bhp 2.4 liter/147 ci diesel, and a four-speed manual—$12,000
  • 1985 Burgundy Jeep CJ-7 Laredo SUV with gray seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$12,000
  • 1982 Yellow Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with black seats, a 115 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$19,000
  • 1986 Gold/White two-tone Ford F150 XLT Lariat pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1984 Blue Chevrolet C10 custom (suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1985 Red/White two-tone Ford F150 XLT Lariat pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, an automatic, and 4,200 miles—$17,000
  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 4,500 miles—$39,000
  • 1986 Black Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 38,000 miles—$16,500
  • 1986 Red Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet with a black top, tan leather seats, a 260 bhp 3.2 liter/195 ci V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$26,000
  • 1985 Bright Blue Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with blue cloth seats, an LB9 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 6,000 miles—$14,500
  • 1986 Dark Red Metallic Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a tan top, saddle leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,900 miles—$20,000
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition hatchback coupe with silver beige leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 6,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1988 Candy Orange Metallic/Cream two-tone Chevrolet 1500 custom (everything) pickup truck with orange/cream leather seats, an LS1 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$40,000
  • 1981 Red Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-44 SUV with a black interior, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$20,000

Thursday, January 10th:

  • 1987 Black/Silver Metallic two-tone Chevrolet El Camino pickup truck with a gray interior, an LG4 150 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1988 Black Chevrolet Suburban Scottsdale SUV with a blue vinyl bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$6,000
  • 1984 Light Briar Brown Oldsmobile Toronado coupe with brown cloth seats and an automatic—$2,000
  • 1989 Brown Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with tan leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$25,000
  • 1985 White Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Kammback station wagon with gray leather seats, an “H.O.” L69 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$37,000 for one of four experimental eighties Kammbacks.
1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Kammback, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1989 Pearl White Land Rover Defender 110 custom (interior, body, wheels/tires) pickup truck with gray leather seats, an 83 bhp 2.5 liter/152 ci inline four with a carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$18,500

Friday, January 11th:

  • 1980 Red Orange Chevrolet Camaro Hugger Z28 coupe with tan vinyl seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$23,000
  • 1988 Black with gray cladding Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 66,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1988 Foxhill Green Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with gray leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 53,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1981 Tan Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler custom (engine, interior) pickup truck with brown vinyl seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$31,000
  • 1981 Stainless Steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 36,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition hatchback coupe with silver beige leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 21 miles—$45,000
  • 1985 Dark Sage Green Ford Mustang SVO hatchback coupe with charcoal leather seats, a Lima 175 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 52,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1980 Red Mercury Cosworth Capri hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 186 bhp 1.6 liter inline four with two Weber carburetors, a five-speed manual, and 468 miles—$51,000
  • 1988 Dark Gray Metallic Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with red leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 ci V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1980 Guards Red Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$28,000
  • 1983 Blue Audi Quattro hatchback coupe with brown leather seats, a 156 bhp 2.1 liter/131 ci inline five with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$25,000. Are we going to start seeing more of these rare and pricey when new Quattros at auction?
1983 Audi Quattro, linked from Mecum’s website.

Saturday, January 12th:

  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,800 miles—$44,000
  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 6,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1982 Garnet Red Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit sedan with beige leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with a carburetor, and an automatic—$19,000
  • 1989 Jet Black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with palomino leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$53,500 is a lot for a 560SL, somewhere between #1/Concours and #2/Excellent money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1989 Rosso Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary coupe with tan leather seats, a 455 bhp 5.2 liter/315 ci V12 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 5,500 miles—$215,000
  • 1983 Rosso Corso Ferrari 512 BBi coupe with tan leather seats, a 335 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci flat 12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 8,400 miles—at $250,000, the highest eighties vehicle sale of this auction.
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1987 Red Chevrolet Silverado custom (powertrain, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a red/black interior, a ZZ502 580 bhp 8.2 liter/502 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$35,000

Sunday, January 13th:

  • 1987 Red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$27,000
  • 1982 Blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$28,000
  • 1984 White Chevrolet Caprice Classic coupe with a blue cloth bench seat, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 14,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1981 Black Chevrolet Caprice Classic coupe with a red cloth bench seat, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$7,250
  • 1988 Black with woodgrain Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate Wagon with a tan bench seat, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 12,000 miles—$8,250
  • 1984 Bright Silver Metallic Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with medium gray leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 205 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,700 miles—$11,000
  • 1982 Black Chevrolet Caprice Classic coupe with a tan cloth bench seat, a 145 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 14,000 miles—$7,250
  • 1981 Beige Chevrolet Corvette coupe with camel leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1981 Stainless Steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 20,000 miles—$37,000
  • 1982 Silver/Blue two-tone Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pace Car Edition hatchback coupe with silver/blue cloth/vinyl seats, a Cross-Fire 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 76,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1984 White Pontiac Fiero Pace Car Edition coupe with red/gray cloth/leather seats, an “Iron Duke” 92 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, an automatic, and 9,700 miles—$7,000
  • 1986 White Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 868 miles—$22,500
  • 1987 Red Chrysler LeBaron Pace Car Edition convertible with black leather seats, a 146 bhp 2.5 liter/152 ci inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and turbocharger, an automatic, and 1,800 miles—$9,000
  • 1988 Black Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Pace Car Edition convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, an LB6 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 618 miles—$24,500 for this rarely seen car (most of the 50 built were bought back by Oldsmobile).
1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1989 White Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, a 250 bhp (at least) 3.8 liter/231 ci turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 132 miles—$45,000
  • 1985 Blue Porsche 911 Carrera Targa coupe with blue leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$32,000
  • 1986 White Porsche 911 Carrera convertible with burgundy leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 52,000 miles—$33,000
  • 1985 White Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic—$5,000
  • 1983 Black Porsche 911 Turbo custom (slantnose conversion) coupe with black leather seats, a 296 bhp 3.2 liter/202 ci flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, and a four-speed manual—$32,000 for this (I believe) gray market car.
  • 1981 Dark Brown Metallic Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am custom (body, interior) convertible with tan leather seats, a 200 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor and turbocharger, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1985 Blaze Red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with red/gray luxury cloth seats, an LB9 205 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1981 Green Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-43 SUV with a black interior, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$24,000
  • 1981 Red Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with red vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$16,000
  • 1984 White Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with a black interior, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$18,000
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition hatchback coupe with silver beige leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 9,500 miles—$16,000

Chevrolet had their usual dominance among eighties vehicles (30% of the total), but I thought the big story for this decade at Kissimmee was the onslaught of the Land Cruisers, which put Toyota in a solid second place with 10%. Following reasonably closely were Ford (8%) and Jeep (7%).