Eighties Vehicles at the 2014 Mecum Harrisburg

Mecum’s inaugural three day (for cars) July auction in Harrisburg included a lot of cars and trucks from the 1980s. As always, I’ll concentrate on the cars and trucks that actually sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a 1987 black Buick GNX coupe was a no sale bid up to $53,000) and add some of my opinions. Where I have covered the specific year and model of a car in this blog, I link to it.


  •  1983 tan Volkwagon Vanagon Camper van with 49,000 miles—$7,500 hammer price.
  • 1983 black Chrysler LeBaron convertible—an ouch! at $3,500
  • 1986 blue Buick Electra diesel coupe with 65,000 miles—at $3,500, A) who buys this car and B) who kept it all these years?
  • 1988 red Ford Mustang GT convertible with 54,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1987 black Mercedes-Benz 560SEC coupe with 68,000 miles—$11,000 for a car rarely seen at auction.
  • 1987 red Chevrolet Corvette custom coupe—a Lingenfelter modified engine drove this to $13,000.
  • 1983 white Buick Riviera XX Anniversary Edition convertible—at $4,500, going for under Hagerty‘s #4 “fair” condition number. Perhaps it was high miles; mileage wasn’t listed.
  • 1985 orange Nissan 300ZX coupe—$3,750
  • 1983 burgundy GMC custom pickup—$10,500
  • 1989 red Alfa Romeo Graduate convertible (yes, it was named after the 1967 film)—$14,500
  • 1989 white Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with 38,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1981 silver Chevrolet Corvette coupe—at $16,000 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 red Porsche 911 Carrera 4 coupe—$24,500
  • 1988 white Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with 8,000 miles—$16,250 is solid money for the last year of Pontiac’s little two seaters, a little more than Hagerty’s “all the money”.
  • 1980 gold Triumph TR8 convertible with 25,000 miles—$13,000 shows that there is at least some of a market for the last and best of the Triumph wedges.
  • 1984 yellow Chevrolet C10 custom pickup—$12,500
  • 1989 black Chevrolet Corvette mild custom convertible with 37,000 miles—$15,500
  • 1982 white Ford Granada station wagon with 59,000 miles—$5,000


  • 1985 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with 45,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1988 gray Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA convertible with 11,000 miles—$11,500
  • 1988 yellow Chrysler TC by Maserati convertible with 4,000 miles—$8,000. There are a few loyal owners of these, but this is a case where absolutely no one else gets it.
  • 1984 red Cadillac Coupe DeVille coupe with 11,000 miles—$7,750
  • 1988 blue Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with 24,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1988 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with 8,000 miles—$15,500
  • 1982 silver/blue two-tone Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Pace Car Edition coupe with 10,000 miles—$17,000 for this good looking but fairly gutless (165 bhp) first year of the third-generation Camaro.
  • 1985 red Porsche 911 Carrera Targa Turbo-Look coupe—at $45,000, sharing the highest eighties car sale of the auction with the Ferrari 308 GTS on Saturday.
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with 26,000 miles—$18,000
  • 1981 silver DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with 20,000 miles—$21,500


  • 1988 blue Jeep Commanche pickup—$5,000
  • 1984 red Ferrari 308 GTS with 20,000 miles—$45,000
  • 1984 tan AM General M923 truck with 13,000 miles—$9,000

What do you think of this auction’s results?


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