Eighties Cars at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

This year’s Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction included some interesting vehicles. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold in this mostly no reserve auction (a black 1989 Lamborghini Countach Anniversary Edition coupe with 2,200 miles was a no-sale bid up to $335,000) and add some of my opinions.

Friday:
  • 1986 beige Mercedes-Benz 420SEL sedan with 77,000 miles—$3,500 hammer price.
  • 1985 brown Lincoln Town Car sedan with 37,000 miles—an ouch! at $2,500.
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with 14,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1986 white Chrysler Laser XT custom (some Dodge Daytona parts) coupe once owned by NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Cotton Owens—$5,000 indicates that in this particular case celebrity ownership didn’t help the bidding much.
  • 1981 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe—at $17,500 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.
  • 1980 red Ferrari 308 GTSi coupe—$45,000 is between number #1 and #2 money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1982 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with 6,600 miles—$26,000 is good money for a non-Collector’s Edition 1982.
  • 1985 beige/tan Excalibur Series IV Phaeton convertible with 5,600 miles—$29,000 for the most-respected of the neo-classics.
  • 1986 white Chevrolet El Camino pickup with the SS Choo Choo Customs package and 47,000 miles—$29,000
  • 1988 yellow Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with 55,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1988 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with 6,500 miles—$20,000
  • 1986 black Ferrari Mondial convertible with 34,000 miles—$22,500
  • 1988 red Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet with factory slant nose and 11,000 miles—$43,000
  • 1980 green Porsche 911 custom coupe—$26,000
  • 1983 green Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV—$38,000
  • 1988 black Mercedes-Benz 560SEC with aftermarket convertible conversion and 10,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1989 tan Jeep Wrangler very custom SUV—$10,500
Saturday:
  • 1983 black/gray two-tone Lincoln Continental Mark VI coupe with 38,000 miles—$4,500
  • 1987 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible—$25,000
  • 1985 silver Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible—$11,500
  • 1986 beige metallic Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible—$15,000
  • 1989 green Jaguar XJS convertible with 32,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1985 blue Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit sedan—$9,500
  • 1980 black Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II sedan—$11,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National GNX coupe with 362 miles—at $150,000, by far the highest eighties sale of the auction
Sunday:
  • 1989 blue Jaguar XJ 6 sedan—$3,200
  • 1984 red Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible—$7,200
  • 1988 silver BMW 635CSi coupe—$4,500
  • 1985 brown Chevrolet El Camino custom pickup—$17,000
  • 1984 black Dodge Ramcharger SUV—$9,500
  • 1985 white Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with 36,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1986 black Buick Regal Grand National coupe—$15,000
  • 1988 black Lotus Esprit coupe—$18,000
  • 1984 silver/black two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Olds coupe with 10,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1989 cordovan Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV—$17,000
  • 1984 blue Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV—$24,000
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Corvette very custom coupe—$21,500
  • 1984 white Porsche 911 Carrera coupe—$25,000
  • 1986 white Tiffany coupe with 18,000 miles—$26,000 for this Mercury Cougar-based neo-classic.
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector’s Edition coupe with 45,000 miles—$16,500
  • 1985 multicolored Chevrolet Corvette very custom coupe—$27,500 for this “VetteRossa”.
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National custom coupe—$23,000 for this coupe upgraded to GNX specifications.

Looks like a lot of Mercedes-Benz SLs, along with some Porsche 911s, turbo Buicks, and SUVs. What do you think of this year’s results?

4 thoughts on “Eighties Cars at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

  1. That Laser is bogus! The auction claimed it’s original and unrestored! Where do I start? Daytona Only wraparound spoiler. Complete interior from a 1987+ Daytona Shelby Z along with the Turbo II setup under the hood. There were no 2.5l engine options in 1986 either. The wheels are from a Daytona ES. This looks like it was made from parts of no less then 3 different cars, and two of them were most definitely Daytonas, not Lasers. I’m skeptical of the mileage too. Could easily have come from a wrecked low miles donor car(likely where the interior and drivetrain came from too). Also, even if it were legit, it’s not even close to the nicest G-Body left in existence. There is an ’86 Daytona with 10K miles and an ’84 Daytona Turbo-Z with 6K miles as well as a 1986 Laser XT with 13K miles. Even my ’84 XE with 37K miles is nicer than this XT as mine is truly original.

      • Haha, well, I’ve had a few. A total of 9 G-body cars and counting. Six Lasers and three Daytonas to break it down. I hope you didn’t think I was ranting at your post. This was more directed at the original claims made by the auction site. Kind of makes me doubt the validity of the COA and other provenance supposedly included with the car. Someone on Craigslist had an ’85 Daytona with the pop-up headlight nose from an ’87+ and was trying to claim is was a rare prototype car from an auto show. I’m sure they believed that story from the person they bought it from 😉

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