Eighties Cars At The 2014 Mecum Spring Classic

Mecum’s May auction in Indianapolis 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.


  • 1980 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe—$8,750 hammer price.
  • 1989 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe—$6,250
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe—$6,750
  • 1983 blue Cadillac Eldorado coupe—an ouch! at $3,250.
  • 1986 white Chevrolet Corvette convertible with 45,000 miles—$8,750
  • 1983 silver Jaguar XJS coupe—$6,500
  • 1984 black Zimmer Golden Spirit coupe—this Mercury Cougar-based neo-classic fetched $18,500.
  • 1986 silver Chevrolet Corvette coupe—$5,750


  • 1988 silver Toyota Land Cruiser SUV—$9,250
  • 1981 blue Cadillac Eldorado Pierre Cardin Evolution I coupe. This strange looking Eldorado with a notably extended nose sold for $8,000.
  • 1982 beige Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truckat $28,000 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.
  • 1984 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with 7,500 miles—$9,750
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with 5,600 miles—$10,500
  • 1981 white Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with 9,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with 25,000 miles—$15,500
  • 1987 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible—$8,000


  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with 19,500 miles—$20,000
  • 1988 white Tiffany Classic coupe with 17,000 miles—$16,000. Another neo-classic, this one also Mercury Cougar-based.
  • 1983 red Ferrari 308 GTS Targa with 22,500 miles—$44,000
  • 1986 black Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 coupe with 43,200 miles—$14,000
  • 1980 white Porsche 911 coupe—$20,000
  • 1982 yellow/white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am funny car driven by Don Prudhomme—the first funny car to hit 250 mph in the quarter mile. Estimated at $200,000 to $250,000, but “only” sold for $105,000—race cars of all types and all ages seem to be a challenge at auction.
  • 1981 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe—$13,000
  • 1980 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe—$15,000


  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe—$13,000. Is it possible that there are actually more seats than butts for what is unquestionably the nicest and most livable of the late sharks?
  • 1985 beige two-tone Chevrolet Short Bed mild custom pickup truck—$7,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe—$8,000
  • 1981 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupereal money at $32,500


  • 1986 AM General 6×6 truck—$15,500
  • 1989 red Porsche 928 S4 coupe with 16,500 miles—$50,000

What do you think of this auction’s results?


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