Eighties Cars At The 2015 Mecum Kansas City

Mecum’s April auction at Kansas City provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the 1980s cars and trucks that actually sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction — a black 1987 Buick Grand National coupe with 36,000 miles was bid up to $25,000) and add some of my opinions.

Thursday:

  • 1986 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible — $8,000 hammer price.
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with 54,000 miles — $8,500
  • 1984 blue Chevrolet K10 custom pickup — $5,250
  • 1986 white (of course!) Ford Bronco SUV with 41,000 miles — $10,500
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible — $6,250
  • 1989 red Lincoln Mark VII LSC coupe with 22,000 miles —  $10,750
  • 1986 burgundy Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with 81,000 miles — $7,500

Friday:

Saturday:

  • 1985 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible — $11,000
  • 1981 black Chevrolet Corvette coupe — $12,750
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector’s Edition coupe with 3,500 miles — at $19,000, the highest eighties vehicle sale at this auction.
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector’s Edition coupe with 8,100 miles — $17,000
  • 1982 silver Chevrolet Corvette coupe with 4,000 miles — $16,500
  • 1984 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with 12,000 miles — $12,000. According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for an 1984 Corvette in #1 condition is $15,300.
  • 1985 red Chevrolet C10 mild custom pickup — $18,000.

This auction backed up the truism that heading mid-west to get a collector car bargain is often a good idea. Fully half of the eighties cars that actually sold were Corvettes, with four of the 1982 Collector’s Edition coupes sold — it seems folks are finally giving up on these cars (the nicest of the late sharks) ever being worth real money.

What do you think of this auction’s results?

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