Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 Mecum Indianapolis

As usual Mecum’s huge May auction in Indianapolis provided much interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that Mecum auctions are not a no reserve auctions—a gold, green, and white 1989 Porsche 962 race car was a no sale bid up to $2,000,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 7% of the 963 vehicle lots sold in this auction.

Tuesday, May 16th:

  • 1980 silver metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with oyster interior, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$6,500 hammer price.
  • 1980 white GMC K10 custom pickup truck with a red/white interior, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and a four-speed manual—$5,000
  • 1989 blue Lotus Esprit Turbo coupe with a blue interior, a 215 bhp 2.2 liter/123 cubic inch turbocharged inline four with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$6,900
  • 1984 silver Pontiac Fiero coupe with gray cloth seats, a 92 bhp Iron Duke 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four with fuel injection, a four-speed manual, and 80,000 miles—$4,000
  • 1987 maroon Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with maroon cloth seats, a B4V 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch “H.O.” V8 with Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1985 maroon Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with maroon bench seat, a B4V 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch “H.O.” V8 with Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,000 indicates that the bench seat takes $1,000 out of the value of an SS.
  • 1988 red Dodge D150 pickup truck with a red interior and an automatic—$3,250
  • 1982 red Porsche 928 coupe with a black interior and a 231 bhp 4.5 liter/273 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection—$1,750 for this barn find.
  • 1981 bright blue metallic Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with blue cloth seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$8,500 for this T/A not in its original color.
  • 1987 white Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, a white hard top, a red interior, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1981 black and gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with black interior, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 39,000 miles—at $19,000 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.
  • 1989 black Jaguar XJS convertible with tan leather seats, a 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 cubic inch HE V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 41,000 miles—$9,250
  • 1985 red Porsche 944 coupe with black cloth seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four, and a five-speed manual—$6,500
  • 1985 black Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with red tufted leather seats, a 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1985 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 51,000 miles—$7,500
  • 1985 white Lincoln Town Car limousine with a blue interior, a 4.9 liter V8, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1982 metallic blue Chevrolet Monte Carlo custom coupe with blue cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1985 white Buick Riviera coupe with red cloth seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 55,000 miles—$4,750
  • 1981 red Mercedes-Benz 380SLC coupe with a tan interior, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—an ouch! at $1,250.
  • 1981 white Jeep CJ-7 Renegade SUV with tan seats, a 11o bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with Carter 2-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 94,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1983 red Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with both tops, a tan interior, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,500

Wednesday, May 17th:

  • 1984 black/silver two-tone Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a gray interior, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic —$13,500
  • 1986 silver Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe with gray cloth seats, an LG4 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 400 miles—$21,000 is all the money for one of these NASCAR specials.
  • 1982 silver metallic/charcoal metallic two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with silver gray interior, an L83 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch “Cross-Fire” V8 with throttle-body fuel-injection, an automatic, and 43,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1981 silver metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with medium red leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 60,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1984 red Pontiac Fiero custom coupe with a tan interior, an unknown engine, and an automatic—$7,000 for this Fiero with a Lamborghini-esque body kit.
  • 1981 silver metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with medium red leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 60,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1980 blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a tan interior, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 36,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1988 black/orange two-tone Ford Econoline Harley-Davidson Edition conversion van with charcoal cloth seats, a 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 55,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1980 bright silver metallic Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom coupe with a black interior, a 383 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1988 orange Volkswagen pickup truck with a black interior, a 75 bhp 1.7 liter diesel inline four, and a five-speed manual—$7,750
  • 1989 maroon Volkswagen Westfalia camper van with gray cloth seats and a 2.1 liter inline four—$16,500
  • 1987 red Porsche 944 coupe with a black interior and a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four with fuel injection—$5,500
  • 1986 gray/blue two-tone Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with black leather seats, a 6.8 liter/412 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1984 black Buick Regal Grand National coupe with black/silver cloth seats, a 200 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 55,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1989 white Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am coupe with saddle leather seats, a 250 bhp (at least) 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 13,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1980 black Chevrolet Camaro coupe with black interior, an LG4 155 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$8,500 for this sport coupe with the best engine available to it.
  • 1983 black Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Laredo pickup truck with a black interior, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with Carter 2-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1987 flame red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA coupe with camel cloth seats, an L98 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$14,000

Thursday, May 18th:

  • 1981 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with medium red leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 49,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1988 ivory Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with tan leather seats, a 6.8 liter/412 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1982 blue Datsun 280ZX coupe with blue cloth seats, an L28E 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 cubic inch inline six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 59,000 miles—$16,500
  • 1983 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 180 bhp 307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 28,000 miles—$26,000
  • 1987 blue Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4-4-2 coupe with blue cloth seats, a 180 bhp 307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 1,600 miles—$19,500
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, an L48 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 35,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1986 medium gray metallic/silver metallic two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4-4-2 coupe with gray cloth seats, a 180 bhp 307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 1,700 miles—$22,000 makes this three of Oldsmobile’s rather mild-mannered eighties muscle cars at this auction.
  • 1986 yellow Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition convertible with medium gray leather seats, a black convertible top, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 788 miles—$45,000 for the very first Corvette convertible built since 1975.

    1986 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, linked from Mecum’s site.
  • 1986 yellow Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition convertible with medium gray leather seats, a black convertible top, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 36,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition coupe with a white (Cadillac) leather interior, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 3,300 miles—$24,000
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with silver beige leather seats, a 200 bhp L83 Cross-Fire 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 291 miles—$33,000
  • 1989 white Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible with black leather seats, a black convertible top, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,500
  • 1985 indigo blue/frost white two-tone Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a blue cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$17,ooo
  • 1985 red Porsche 930 Turbo coupe with black leather seats, a turbocharged flat six, and a four-speed manual—$73,000 for this perhaps European-spec car (the 930 didn’t return to the US market until 1986).
  • 1982 white Buick Riviera convertible with a white top, red leather seats, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 59,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1986 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with cloth seats, an LB9 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 8,300 miles—$15,500
  • 1987 maroon Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with maroon cloth seats, a B4V 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch “H.O.” V8 with Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$6,500

Friday, May 19th:

  • 1986 creme Toyota pickup truck with beige cloth seats, a 22R-E 105 bhp 2.4 liter inline four with fuel injection, an automatic, and 119,000 miles—$18,500

    1986 Toyota pickup truck, linked from Mecum’s site.
  • 1988 white Lamborghini Countach LP5000S Quattrovalvole coupe with rosso leather seats, a 420 bhp 5.2 liter/316 cubic inch V12 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 8,500 miles—at $255,000, the top eighties vehicle sale of the auction. Hagerty’s valuation tools see this as below #4 money for a 1988 Countach.
  • 1985 black Chevrolet El Camino SS pickup truck with gray cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1987 black Buick Regal GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 276 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 42 miles—$115,000
  • 1984 blue Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a black bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1988 gray Ford Mustang LX custom coupe with smoke cloth seats, a 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a supercharger and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 18,000 miles—$10,500

Saturday, May 20th:

  • 1980 beige Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible with a hard top, brown leather seats, a 160 bhp 4.5 liter/276 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 90,000 miles—$15,000 for this car originally owned by Kim Basinger.
  • 1981 citrus green Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom coupe with a black interior, a 6.2 liter V8 with fuel injection, and a six-speed manual—$50,000
  • 1981 carbon flash metallic green Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom coupe with a black/orange interior, a 5.3 liter V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$24,000

I found it striking how General Motors (especially Chevrolet) dominated the eighties vehicle sales at Mecum Indy—all told, GM vehicles marked 64% of eighties sales. What do you think of these results?

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Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 Mecum Portland

Mecum’s June auction in Portland was spare for eighties vehicles—they were about 3% of the lots that sold in this auction. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a sky blue 1980 Toyota BJ-41 Land Cruiser SUV with black seats was a no sale bid up to $30,000) and add some of my opinions—I’ll leave the motorcycles, tractors, and automobilia to others. Where I have covered the specific year and model of a car in this blog, I link to it.

Friday, June 16th:

  • 1988 camouflage AM General Hummer H1 pickup truck with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—$14,000 hammer price.
  • 1983 signal red Mercedes-Benz 380SEC coupe with palomino leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and a non-standard repaint—an ouch! at $4,500
  • 1989 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, a black hard top, tan leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,500
  • 1980 black and gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with black cloth seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $17,000 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.
  • 1985 light bronze metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with bronze leather seats, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,200 miles—$16,500
  • 1980 red Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 48,000 miles—$38,000

    1980 Porsche 911 SC Targa, linked from Mecum Auctions.
  • 1987 red Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio convertible with gray leather seats, a 115 bhp 2.0 liter/120 cubic inch inline four with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 59,000 miles—$6,500

Only Mercedes-Benz had more than one eighties vehicle sold in Portland. What do you think of these results?

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Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Northeast

Barrett-Jackson’s second Northeast auction at the Mohegun Sun casino in Connecticut in late June included a reasonable amount of vehicles from the 1980s— about 7% of the lots offered. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold and add some of my opinions—I’ll leave the motorcycles, tractors, and automobilia to others. Where I have covered the specific year and model of a car in this blog, I link to it.

Thursday, June 22nd:

  • 1980 orange BMW 635 CSi coupe with tan leather seats, a 235 bhp 3.5 liter/211 cubic inch inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$8,000 hammer price for this European spec car.
  • 1982 brown/gold two-tone Datsun 280ZX GL coupe with a beige interior, a 145 bhp L28E 2.8 liter/164 cubic inch inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1989 blue Jaguar XJS convertible with barley leather seats, a 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 cubic inch HE V12 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1983 maroon Mercedes-Benz 240D sedan with a tan interior, a 67 bhp 2.4 liter/147 cubic inch diesel inline four with fuel injection, an automatic, and 129,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1987 black GMC Caballero pickup truck with burgundy cloth seats, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1987 light blue metallic Chevrolet El Camino pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1984 black Mercedes-Benz 500SEL custom sedan with gray interior, a 184 bhp 5.0 liter/304 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and the Doug Nash 4+3 transmission—$9,500
  • 1987 gold Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with a tan interior, a 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 bhp V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 400 miles—$9,000
  • 1982 silver Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with blue leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1982 red Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue Edition sedan with red leather seats, a 5.2 liter/318 cubic inch V8 with carburetor, an automatic, and 63,000 miles—an ouch! at $4,000
  • 1984 red Jeep CJ-7 mild custom SUV with a black soft top, a black interior, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with Carter 2-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with silver beige leather seats, a 200 bhp L83 Cross-Fire 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1983 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom coupe with tan leather seats, an LS1 5.7 liter/346 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1989 pearl white Tiffany coupe with tan leather seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$15,500 for this Mercury Cougar-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1986 cream with woodgrain Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with a tan interior, a 144 bhp 5.9 liter/360 cubic inch V8 with Motorcraft 2-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 89,000 miles—$31,000 makes this the first vehicle in this auction to meet my criteria for serious collectability of 1980s cars or trucks in stock condition: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these vehicles in bold green.
  • 1980 dark blue metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a blue interior, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$33,000 is serious money for a late shark. Hagerty’s valuation tools sees all the money for this configuration as about $25,500.
  • 1982 black Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham coupe with a tan interior, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 12,000 miles—$10,000. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen an eighties Toronado up for auction.

    1982 Oldsmobile Toronado, courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.
  • 1982 wimbledon white/apple red two-tone Ford F-150 XLT Lariet Edition pickup truck with a red interior, a 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch carbureted V8, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$13,500
  • 1987 medium garnet red metallic Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with a gray interior, an L44 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$11,500
  • 1987 gray Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a dark blue convertible top, a gray hard top, dark blue leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1987 white Mercedes-Benz 560SEL sedan with a tan interior, a 238 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,500

Friday, June 23rd:

  • 1984 red GMC Sierra C1500 Classic pickup truck with a red/black mild custom interior, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, an automatic, and 91,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1988 satin beige metallic Jaguar XJ-SC cabriolet (not a full convertible) with brown leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 cubic inch V12 with Lucas-Bosch fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1988 flame red Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with a tan interior, an L44 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$5,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with saddle cloth seats, an LB9 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 12,900 miles—$16,500
  • 1989 silver Porsche 928S4 coupe with a burgundy interior, a 320 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 33,500 miles—$29,000
  • 1980 brown Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 SUV with gray/black seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter carburetted inline six, and a four-speed manual—$28,000
  • 1980 mustard yellow Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 SUV with tan seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter carburetted inline six, and a four-speed manual—$38,000
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with a gray interior, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 cubic inch V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 38,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1988 red Porsche 911 Carrera custom coupe with a black interior, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 47,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1987 tan/white two-tone Chevrolet Suburban SUV with a tan interior, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$12,000 for this vehicle once owned by Ted Williams
  • 1987 guards red Porsche 928S4 coupe with a black interior, a 320 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1980 black and gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition coupe with camel tan cloth seats, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbo V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 72,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1984 glacier blue Jeep CJ-7 custom SUV with a black interior, a Vortec 5.3 liter V8 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with red leather seats, an L98 225 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 22,000 miles—$20,000 for this loaded car (originally a $12,819 base price and $7,801 worth of options). Really nice early third-generation F bodies are starting to decently at auction—this one dates from when you could get the L98 or the five-speed, but not both.
  • 1981 blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28 very custom coupe with tan interior, a 454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$27,000
  • 1986 black Buick Regal Grand National very custom pickup truck with black/gray cloth seats, a 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$12,000 for a business in the front (Buick) and party in the back (El Camino).

    1986 custom Buck Regal Grand National, photo linked from Barrett-Jackson.
  • 1985 black cherry Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 prototype coupe with a 305 cubic inch V8 and an automatic—sold on bill of sale only at $23,000
  • 1989 black Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with black leather seats, a 6.8 liter/412 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000

Saturday, June 24th:

  • 1987 blue Polski FIAT 126P with a black interior, a 0.7 liter two, and a four-speed manual—$5,000
  • 1984 chiffon white Porsche 928S coupe with a burgundy and beige interior, a 234 bhp 4.6 liter V8 with Bosch fuel injection, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$15,000 for this car that sold at the same auction in 2016
  • 1983 silver Cadillac Sedan DeVille sedan (natch!) with a gray interior, a indeterminate V8 could be gas or diesel, an automatic, and 20,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth seats, a 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1986 guards red Porsche 930 Turbo coupe with champagne leather seats, a 326 bhp 3.3 liter/202 cubic inch flat six with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, a four-speed manual, and 15,000 miles—$141,000 makes this European spec car by far the highest original eighties vehicle sale of the auction.

I see a lot of Chevrolets, Mercedes-Benz’s, Pontiacs, and Porsches. What do you think of this auction’s results?

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Homologation Racing at Le Mans in the Eighties

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is going on today and tomorrow. It’s interesting, but I don’t have strong impressions of eighties Le Mans racing. The 1950s have the terrible Mercedes-Benz crash, the 1960s have Ferrari versus Ford, the 1970s have the Porsches, and the 1990s have the flying Mercedes-Benz prototypes. So, I did a little research on the cars racing that at least resembled cars you could purchase.

In 1980, the IMSA class winner was a Porsche 935, with another 935 in second, and a Ferrari 512BB in third. Further down the finishing list were many more Porsches and Ferraris, along with a few BMW M1s and a single Mazda RX-7.

In 1981, the IMSA class winner was a Ferrari 512BB, with a Porsche 935 in second, and another 512BB in third. More Ferraris and Porsches were also featured, along with a few BMW M1s, a single Mazda RX-7, and Chevrolet Camaro driven by Cale Yarborough that only completed 13 laps before the brakes failed.

In 1982, the IMSA class winner was once again a Porsche 935, with another 935 in second, and a Ferrari 512BB in third. Further down the list were more Porsches (both 935s and 924s), more Ferraris, two Chevrolet Camaros, two BMW M1s, and two Mazda RX-7s.

The classes changed in 1983, and the results were that Porsche 930s filled all three podium spots in the then new Group B class. Further down the list were more Porsche 930s along with a single 928S and a single BMW M1. The Ferraris, Camaros, and Mazdas were all gone (Mazda had moved to the prototype class).

Two separate street car-based classes raced in 1984. A BMW M1 won the Group B class inaugurated in 1983, with a Porsche 930 and Porsche 928S filling the other two podium spots. However, IMSA/GTO was back; a Porsche 911 won, with Porsche 930s in second and third place. Other cars in the field included a BMW M1, a Ferrari 512BB, and another Porsche 930.

Le Mans moved back to a single and small Group B class in 1985. A BMW M1 won again, with another M1 in second, and a Porsche 911 SC in third. One more M1 was further down the finishing order.

Things were even thinner in 1986. A single car participated in the GTX class: a Porsche 961. It was the same story in Group B—a BMW M1 won.

By 1987, Group B no longer existed. Once again, a single car participated in the GTX class: a Porsche 961. There would not be any street-based cars in 1988 or 1989—they would not return until 1993.

Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 Mecum Houston

Mecum’s April auction in Houston provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a guards red 1985 Porsche 911 Speedster with black leather seats was a no sale bid up to $160,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 8% of the lots in this auction.

Thursday, April 6th:

  • 1980 black Chevrolet Corvette custom coupe with burgundy leather seats, a 350 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and a four-speed manual—$4,000 hammer price.
  • 1987 crystal/gray two-tone Lincoln Town Car Cartier Edition sedan with gray leather seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—an ouch! at $5,000.
  • 1983 red Ford Mustang GLX convertible with a white top, white vinyl seats, a 175 bhp Windsor 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$6,500
  • 1989 maroon/white two-tone Chevrolet 1500 Silverado pickup truck with red cloth seats, a fuel-injected V8, and an automatic—$6,750
  • 1987 red Porsche 944 coupe with a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four an five-speed manual—$5,500
  • 1985 black BMW 318 Baur TC2 custom convertible with a black top, a 295 bhp 3.0 liter inline six, and a five-speed—$5,500
  • 1986 blue Jeep CJ-7 Renegade SUV with an inline six—$7,500
  • 1983 blue Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a blue top, blue leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 86,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1983 red/white two-tone GMC Jimmy SUV with a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1985 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible with a white top, white leather seats, a 130 bhp HT-4100 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 86,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1985 red Porsche 911 Carrara custom coupe with black leather seats, a 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$24,500
  • 1987 camouflaged AM General Hummer SUV with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, an automatic, and 3,600 mile—$17,500
  • 1986 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black top, beige leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/339 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1981 beige Chevrolet Corvette coupe with cinnabar leather seats, a 190 bhp L81 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1986 medium blue/dark blue two-tone GMC Sierra Classic 1500 custom pickup truck with a blue cloth seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$21,000
  • 1982 white GMC Jimmy mild custom SUV with blue seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$18,500

Friday, March 24th:

  • 1986 silver Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a black seat, a 7.4 liter/454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$30,000
  • 1984 black/silver two-tone Jeep CJ-7 Laredo SUV with a black/silver interior, a 115 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with Carter two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $20,000 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.
  • 1983 light blue/medium blue two-tone Chevrolet El Camino pickup truck with blue cloth seats, a V8, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1986 black Porsche 911 custom coupe with a black interior, a 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$45,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 46,000 miles—$23,000
  • 1987 red/white two-tone Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a red interior, a 7.4 liter/454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$14,000

Saturday, April 9th:

  • 1981 black Jeep CJ-7 Laredo SUV with a black top, a black interior, a 110 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with Carter two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$41,000
  • 1985 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 200 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$18,500
  • 1988 white Land Rover Defender 110 pickup truck with a black interior, an 85 bhp 2.5 liter diesel inline four with turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$45,000
  • 1988 white Lamborghini Jalpa coupe with white leather seats, a 255 bhp 3.5 liter/213 cubic inch V8 with four two-barrel Weber carburetors, a five-speed manual, and 18,000 miles—$74,000. Hagerty’s valuation tools see this as #3 money for a Jalpa.

    1988 Lamborghini Jalpa, courtesy of Mecum Auctions.
  • 1989 red Ferrari Testarossa coupe with cream leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V12 with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed, and 1,500 miles—at $162,500, the highest stock eighties vehicle sale of this auction
  • 1988 red Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet (either a factory custom or a custom) with black leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, and a five speed—$39,000

What do you think of these results?

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Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 Mecum Kansas City

The March auction at Mecum Kansas City provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a black 1987 Buick GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats was a no sale bid up to $42,500) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 9% of the lots in this auction.

Friday, March 24th:

  • 1983 brown/tan Datsun 280ZX coupe with a tan interior, seats obscured by seat covers, a 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 cubic inch inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 75,000 miles—$7,500 hammer price.
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 mild custom coupe with a black interior, a modified V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1982 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, a 200 bhp L83 “Cross-Fire” 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic (no other engine or transmission options in 1982)—$13,000 for this car in the Corvette heritage colors.
  • 1989 blue/gray two-tone Ford F150 pickup truck with a blue cloth bench seat, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/300 cubic inch inline six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1988 black Ford F250 XLT Lariat pickup truck with a gray interior, a 7.5 liter/460 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1981 wine red metallic Porsche 928 coupe with black leather seats, a 231 bhp 4.5 liter/273 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1984 red Chevrolet C10 pickup truck with a red vinyl bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1985 white Buick Riviera convertible with a red top, red leather seats, a 190 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic V6 with a turbocharger and fuel injection, an automatic, and 61,000 miles—$18,000 for this rare car, one of 49 Riviera convertibles built with the turbo engine in 1985. This was the highest eighties vehicle sale of Friday.

    1985 Buick Riviera, courtesy of Mecum Auctions.
  • 1983 gray Chevrolet Suburban custom SUV with a black and gray interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, an automatic, and 67,000 miles—$6,000
  • 1981 gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with a light sandstone interior, a 150 bhp L37 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $14,000 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.
  • 1988 red/cream two-tone GMC Suburban 2500 SUV with red cloth seats, a 7.4 liter/454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$6,750
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z mild custom convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, a 305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$8,000

Saturday, March 25th:

  • 1983 dark blue Chevrolet K10 Silverado custom pickup truck with a gray interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$21,500
  • 1988 black Nissan Safari Patrol SUV with beige cloth seats, an 80 bhp SD33 3.2 liter/185 cubic inch diesel six, and an automatic—$21,000 for this right-hand drive vehicle imported from an unstated location.
  • 1982 guards red Porsche 911SC very custom coupe with black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed—at $31,000, the highest eighties vehicle sale of the auction. Hagerty’s valuation tools see this as strong #3 money for a stock coupe.
  • 1980 cameo white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with blue cloth seats, a 150 bhp W72 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 6,400 miles—$25,000
  • 1987 blue Toyota pickup truck with blue vinyl seats, an unstated engine (likely an inline four of some sort), a five-speed, and 14,000 miles—at $15,000, perhaps the most interesting eighties vehicle at this auction.
  • 1981 white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with blue leather seats, a 145 bhp LG4 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed, and 36,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1986 matte black Chevrolet K10 custom pickup truck with a tan vinyl bench seat, an unstated engine, and an automatic—$8,500

Late second-generation Trans Ams and SUVs were fairly strong, but Mecum Kansas City once again lived to its bargain reputation. What do you think of these results?

Eighties Cars at the 2017 Mecum Kissimmee, Part Two

The huge January auction at Mecum Kissimmee provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a red 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition coupe with an ivory leather interior with 6,600 miles was a no sale bid up to $275,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissemmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this second covers the eighties vehicles sold from Thursday to Sunday.

Thursday, January 12th:

  • 1989 gold Johnson Phantom coupe with a tan leather interior, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 2,700 miles—$27,000 hammer price for this Pontiac Firebird-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1988 gray AM General Hummer SUV with a gray interior, a 6.2 liter diesel, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1985 yellow Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a black leather interior and a 300 bhp 307 cubic inch V8—$20,000
  • 1987 red Porsche 928S4 with a red leather interior, a 316 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1988 arctic white Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a blue leather interior, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/339 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1986 red Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with a black leather interior, a 207 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, a five-speed, and 92,000 miles—$31,000
  • 1984 red Porsche 944 custom coupe with a black interior, a LS 5.3 liter liter fuel injected V8, and a five-speed—$27,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—at $41,000 the first car in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these cars in bold green.
  • 1988 red Chevrolet K30 dually pickup truck with a tan vinyl interior, a 230 bhp 7.4 liter V8, and a four-speed—$25,000
  • 1987 black Buick GNX coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 276 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 290 miles—$100,000
  • 1989 silver Ferrari Testarossa coupe with a gray leather interior, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V12 with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed, and 15,000 miles—$110,000 for this car that was originally gifted to Don Johnson by Ferrari.

Friday, January 13th:

  • 1980 blue Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am coupe with a blue interior, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbocharged V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 23,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1981 guards black Porsche 911SC Targa coupe with a black leather interior, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch fuel-injected flat six, and a five-speed—$22,000
  • 1986 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1989 white Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am coupe with T-tops, a beige leather interior, a (at least) 250 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 994 miles—$37,000 for this documented Indianapolis 500 festival car.
  • 1984 red Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole convertible with a black top, a black leather interior, a 235 bhp 2.9 liter/179 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed—$33,000
  • 1987 black Buick GNX coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 276 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 68 miles—$220,000 for the last GNX built.
  • 1989 black Porsche Speedster convertible with a black leather interior, a 214 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, a five-speed, and 2,900 hard miles—$145,000 for this car that was stolen from Nicholas Cage and ended up in lake.
  • 1986 black Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a red leather interior, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 5,900 miles—$165,000
  • 1988 silver Ferrari Testarossa coupe with a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V12 with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed—$87,500
  • 1982 black Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a red leather interior, a 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 59,000 miles—$47,000

Saturday, January 14th:

  • 1985 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Collector Edition coupe with a blue and white leather interior, a 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1985 red Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with a black leather interior, a 207 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, and a five-speed—$39,000
  • 1982 black Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with a red leather interior, a 125 bhp 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 10,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1984 black Lamborghini Countach 5000S coupe with a black leather interior, a 325 bhp 4.8 liter/290 cubic inch V12 with six Weber two-barrel carburetors, and a five-speed—$225,000
  • 1980 orange BMW M1 coupe with a black cloth and leather interior, a 277 bhp 3.5 liter fuel injected inline six, a five-speed, and 22,000 miles—$400,000 is about $100,000 short of #4 money according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1981 silver Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a tan leather interior, a 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 33,000 miles—$77,500
  • 1987 red Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a tan leather interior, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 5,900 miles—$94,500

Sunday, January 15th:

  • 1984 red Jeep J10 Laredo pickup truck with a black vinyl interior, a 360 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$5,750
  • 1988 red/white two-tone Ford Thunderbird Bill Elliott Signature Edition coupe with a red leather interior, a 155 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$5,000

    1988 Ford Thunderbird, courtesy of Mecum Auctions.
  • 1980 white Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am Pace Car Edition coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbocharged V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$17,500
  • 1987 blue with woodgrain sides Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with a 5.9 liter V8—$8,000
  • 1987 white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with a tan cloth interior, a 5.0 liter fuel injected V8, an automatic, the GTA package, and 44,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1989 white Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, a gray leather interior, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and a six-speed—$5,000
  • 1989 green Jeep Wrangler Sahara custom SUV with a white top, a tan interior, a 305 bhp 5.3 liter Vortec V8, and an automatic—$17,500
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z custom convertible with a tan interior, a 5.0 liter V8, an automatic, 77,000 miles, and a salvage title—$4,250
  • 1981 light cashmere Chrysler LeBaron sedan with a heather interior, a 5.2 liter/318 cubic inch carbureted V8, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$1,000