Eighties Vehicles at the 2015 Mecum Kissemmee, Part One

The January auction at Mecum Kissimmee provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a blue 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo slantnose coupe with 29,000 miles was a no sale bid up to $85,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissemmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this first covers from Friday to Wednesday (with no auctions on Monday).


  • 1986 silver Chevrolet Corvette convertible with the 4+3 manual—$9,000 hammer price
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with the 4+3 manual and 14,000 miles—”resale red” and relatively low miles pushes this sale to a slightly more respectable $10,250
  • 1981 gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe—at $11,500 the first car in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these cars in bold green
  • 1984 brown Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe with 23,000 miles—$10,500 buys another one of these once hugely popular cars (Oldsmobile built 245,000 Cutlass Supreme coupes in 1984) that have started to show up at auction in the last year or so
  • 1983 gold Datsun/Nissan 280ZX coupe—$4,000
  • 1986 black Chevrolet Corvette coupe with 86,000 miles—$5,500
  • 1986 black Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe—$10,500
  • 1986 red Chevrolet very custom pickup truck—$14,000
  • 1989 camouflage AM General cargo truck—$8,750


  • 1988 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with 15,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1986 silver Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with 31,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1981 brown Mercedes-Benz 380SLC coupe with 21,000 miles—$13,500
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with 15,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1980 white Alfa Romeo Spider convertible—$6,500
  • 1988 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA coupe with 49,000 miles—$10,250
  • 1980 silver/black two-tone Stutz IV-Porte sedan—$22,500
  • 1982 white Mercedes-Benz 380SEC coupe with AMG body kit—$7,750
  • 1988 black Porsche 944 coupe—$4,000
  • 1986 black Rolls-Royce sedan with 44,000 miles—$7,500 for one of these cars whose values are in steady decline as the frightful cost of performing deferred maintenance for an imperfect car becomes more and more obvious


  • 1980 silver Chevrolet El Camino mild custom pickup truck—$15,000
  • 1989 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible—$15,000
  • 1989 metallic brown Mercedes-Benz 560SEL sedan with 111,000 miles—$3,500
  • 1986 white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe—no mercy at Mecum at $3,000
  • 1980 silver Chevrolet Camaro custom coupe with 64,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary coupe with 41,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1980 bronze Jeep CJ-5 very custom SUV—$22,000
  • 1987 black/burgundy two-tone Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with 41,000 miles—$26,500
  • 1984 white Buick Riviera convertible with white top and red interior, unusual turbo V6, and 40,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1983 silver Datsun/Nissan 280-ZX coupe with turbo/automatic—$8,500
  • 1980 blue MGB convertible—$5,750


  • 1984 white Pontiac Fiero Indy Pace Car coupe with 2.5 liter 4-cylinder/4-speed manual, headrest mounted speakers, and 550 miles—$13,750
  • 1988 blue Pontiac Firebird Formula custom coupe—$5,000
  • 1982 black Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce convertible—$5,750
  • 1986 red Jeep CJ-7 custom SUV—$9,500
  • 1981 silver Chevrolet Camaro very custom coupe—$14,500
  • 1987 black Buick Regal Grand National coupe with 7,800 miles—$27,000
  • 1980 gray Jeep Cherokee SUV—$10,250


  • 1987 orange Jeep Comanche pickup truck with 2.5 liter 4-cylinder/5-speed manual and 4-wheel drive—$2,500
  • 1985 burgundy Chevrolet El Camino SS custom pickup truck with the classic Choo Choo nose—$10,000
  • 1987 red Jeep Comanche pickup truck with  2.5 liter 4-cylinder/4-speed manual—$6,250
  • 1981 gray/black two-tone Citroen 2 CV Charleston convertible with 28,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1982 blue Fiat Spider convertible—$6,750
  • 1985 blue Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV with 350/automatic and 53,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1985 blue Chevrolet Silverado custom stepside pickup truck—$19,000
  • 1984 black Ford Bronco XLT SUV with 302/automatic, 4-wheel drive and 52,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1984 black/silver two-tone Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with 305/automatic—$8,000
  • 1985 beige Cadillac Eldorado coupe with fake convertible top and 59,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1985 white with fake wood paneling (of course) Mercury Grand Marquis station wagon with third row seats and 25,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1980 blue Peugeot 504 station wagon with 2.3 liter diesel/4-speed and 19,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with 4+3 manual,  20,000 miles, and Indy pace car decals applied—$9,500
  • 1989 blue Cadillac Brougham sedan with vinyl top and 15,000 miles—$11,500
  • 1989 white Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am coupe with cloth interior, no t-tops, and 2,800 miles—$34,000
  • 1985 red Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with 2.8 liter V6/automatic and 1,500 miles—$17,000
  • 1987 white Ford Crown Victoria with vinyl top and 12,000 miles—$7,250
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with 63,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1981 blue Toyota custom pickup truck with 56,000 miles—$16,500
  • 1980 multi-colored Chevrolet Corvette very custom coupe—$14,500
  • 1984 gray Mercedes-Benz 280SEL sedan with 81,000 miles—an ouch! at $3,000

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