Eighties Vehicles at the 2015 Mecum Denver

Mecum’s two day June auction in Denver included a few cars and trucks from the 1980s. As always, I’ll concentrate on the cars and trucks that actually sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a 1985 blue Chevrolet Corvette GTP racing replica was bid up to $70,000) and add some of my opinions.


  • 1987 red Pontiac Fiero SE coupe with five-speed manual transmission and V6—$3,000 hammer price.
  • 1988 red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck—$3,000
  • 1982 burgundy Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with 5.0 liter CrossFire V8—an ouch! at $2,750.
  • 1986 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with 5.0 liter TPI V8 and 62,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1984 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with the L69 HO engine and 10,000 miles—at $15,000, the first vehicle 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.
  • 1982 white Toyota FJ-62 Land Cruiser SUV—$8,000
  • 1987 blue two-tone GMC Caballero pickup truck with 90,000 miles—$6,000


  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe—$19,000
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with 46,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1989 red Porsche 911 Speedster convertible with 38,000 miles—at $165,000, by far the highest eighties vehicle sale of this auction.
  • 1984 white Porsche 928 coupe with 86,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1981 blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with the 5.7 liter V8 and 77,000 miles—$7,500. According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for a 1981 Z28 in #1 condition is $27,700. The price paid for this car indicates that it is in #4 condition.
  • 1987 white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA coupe with 61,000 miles—$6,500

What do you think of this auction’s results?


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