Eighties Cars At The 2014 Mecum Kansas City

Mecum’s April auction at Kansas City 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.


  • 1985 beige Cadillac Eldorado coupe—$6,000 hammer price.
  • 1984 Silver Metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe—$3,000
  • 1985 Cream Beige Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe—$4,500. These cars sold in immense numbers (134,000 coupes in 1985 alone); does this mean there will be some collector interest?
  • 1982 white Mercedes-Benz 240D sedan—$4,100
  • 1981 orange Jeep CJ-7 SUV—$11,500
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe missing all of the exterior striping—$11,000
  • 1983 red Phillips Berlina coupe. Yet another Corvette-based “neo-classic”—this C3-derived one sold for $14,500.
  • 1985 black Chevrolet pickup truck—$11,500
  • 1987 white Ford Mustang LX convertible – $4,000
  • 1989 black Pontiac Firebird Formula coupe—$5,500
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Cheyenne mild custom pickup truck—$4,250


  • 1986 gray Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible—$8,000
  • 1980 Dark Blue Chevrolet Camaro coupe—$7,500
  • 1985 medium blue/light blue two-tone Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV—$10,000
  • 1988 Medium Blue Metallic Chevrolet Corvette convertible with 63,000 miles—a nice car for $9,750.
  • 1985 Dark Red Metallic Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe—$5,500. Why did this sell for less than the beige 1985 on Thursday?
  • 1986 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with 56,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1981 black Chevrolet Corvette coupe with 68,000 miles—$12,500


  • 1984 Red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with 12,000 miles—$12,000. According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for an 1984 Corvette in #1 condition is $15,300.
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe—$11,250
  • 1985 red Chevrolet C10 mild custom pickup—$18,000. It took until Saturday for the only vehicle in this auction that met my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars or trucks: selling for equal to or above its original base list price.
  • 1983 Ice Blue Lotus Esprit (non-turbo) coupe with 5,700 miles—$30,000. Probably the most interesting eighties car in this auction, though I don’t quite understand paying $49,809 (about $118,200 in today’s dollars) for this 140 bhp car in 1983.
  • 1980 Russet Brown MGB convertible—$4,500. How much did the color drive the price down?

What do you think of this auction’s results?


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