RM Sotheby’s traditional one-day auction at Amelia Island in mid March had a few 1980s cars this year among the hundred or so total. These particular cars definitely occupy the extreme high-end for eighties cars—none sold for less than their original list price.
- 1989 Guards Red Porsche 911 Speedster convertible with tan and black partial leather interior and 6,400 miles—$264,000 for this Turbo-look version. This is actually only a little over #2 money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
- 1988 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo convertible with champagne leather seats and 2,400 miles—$363,000 for this “slant nose”
- 1980 Nero Daytona (black) Ferrari 512 BB coupe with black leather interior and 12,000 miles—$418,000 for this lovely piece, despite the fact that it was not in its original red over black two-tone. All the money for a 1980 512 BB used to be about $225,000; obviously this is no longer true.
- 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 race car—$2,145,000 for the winner of the 1990 24 Hours of Daytona. Race cars don’t generally do well at auction; this car was a definite exception, perhaps aided by the locale.
- 1987 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with champagne leather interior and 12,000 miles—$220,000