Eighties Vehicles at the 2014 Mecum Houston

Mecum’s April auction at Houston provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the 1980s cars and trucks that actually sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction) and add some of my opinions.


  • 1987 beige/brown two-tone Dodge Ramcharger SUV—$7,500 hammer price. There were a lot of trucks at Houston, so kicking off with one for the 1980s vehicles fits.
  • 1983 black Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible—$6,500 means that 380SLs don’t seem to do nearly as well as the later 560SLs.
  • 1983 John Deere Green Toyota FJ-40 SUV—FJ-40s are really strong right now and at $20,000 this one was 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 Silver/Gray two-tone Chevrolet Corvette mild custom coupe—$8,500
  • 1981 Dark Blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with 55,000 miles—$20,000. These late second-generation Camaros continue to sell for good numbers. According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for an 1981 Z28 in #1 condition is $25,400.
  • 1988 Apple Red Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV—$13,000
  • 1986 Nero (black) Ferrari Mondial convertible—at $17,000 (about a quarter of the original base price), the Mondial remains the eighties Ferrari stepchild (along with the 400, of course).
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe—$13,500
  • 1985 white Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV with 25,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1988 gray/blue two-tone Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV with 92,000 miles—$13,000


  • 1981 silver (Of course! All but two …) DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with less than 5,000 miles—$26,000
  • 1980 White Chevrolet Corvette coupe with four speed manual transmission—$9,500
  • 1982 red Jaguar XJ-S Koenig Special coupe—at $7,000, ouch! The bodywork of this “factory special” is definitely an acquired taste, but the parts alone have got to be worth more than $7,000.
  • 1985 white Chevrolet K10 pickup truck—$16,000
  • 1981 Charcoal Gray Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with 15,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1985 Black Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with 7 miles—$34,000 is evidently the price for a brand new 1985 IROC-Z, plastic still covering the interior, front spoiler never installed.
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with 2,000 miles—$21,500
  • 1981 Autumn Red/Dark Claret two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe—$13,500
  • 1981 blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28 very custom coupe—$32,500
  • 1985 black Porsche 930 Turbo coupe—at $40,500, the highest priced stock eighties car in this auction, but not quite getting back to its original $48,000 base price.
  • 1986 yellow Pontiac Fiero GT “resto-mod” coupe with supercharged V6—$8,000


  • 1985 white BMW 635 CSi coupe—$18,000

What do you think of this auction’s results?


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