Eighties Vehicles at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe

This year’s Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe auction included a few interesting vehicles. As usual, I’ll concentrate on the 1980s cars (and some trucks) that sold 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 white GMC Jimmy SUV—$5,700 hammer price.
  • 1980 blue MGB convertible—$5,800 for one of the last of the MGBs.
  • 1981 red Chevrolet C-10 custom pickup truck—$8,500
  • 1983 white Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with 97,000 miles—an ouch! at $5,300.
  • 1987 brandywine Chevrolet C-10 custom pickup truck—$8,700
  • 1984 black Chevrolet K-10 custom pickup truck—$12,200
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe—$14,000 is between #3 and $4 money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1989 champagne Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible—$6,750


  • 1987 red Avanti coupe—$8,700 for the eighties version of Raymond Loewy’s elegant sixties coupe.
  • 1989 black Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with 88,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1986 white Zimmer Golden Spirit coupe with 37,000 miles—$20,000 for this “neo-classic”; is it really nicer or a better investment than the Rolls?
  • 1985 white Chevrolet C-10 custom pickup truck—$13,000


  • 1987 black Buick Regal Grand National GNX coupe with 37,000 miles—at $43,000, this was the highest eighties car sale of the auction, but only a #4 by Hagerty’s valuation tools. It was, however the only 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.

What do you think of this year’s results?


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