The January auction at Mecum Kissimmee that kicks off the auction year always provides some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars and trucks that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa coupe with a tan interior and 16,000 miles that was a Miami Vice “hero” car was a no sale bid up to $475,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissimmee is a huge event (about 3,000 vehicles), so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this second covers from Wednesday to the final Saturday.
- 1980 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with an oyster interior, the L82 engine, and 63,000 miles—$6,500
- 1988 red BMW M6 coupe with a white interior—$17,500
- 1987 red BMW M6 coupe with a white interior—$41,000 is close to all the money for a 1987 M6, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools. I prefer blue, but two bidders at Kissimmee evidently liked the red.
- 1982 black Jeep CJ-5 mild custom SUV with a black interior—$5,500
- 1984 silver/black two-tone Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds coupe with a burgundy interior, the famous Lightning Rod shifter, and 11,000 miles—at $23,000, the first vehicle in the second part of 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.
- 1987 black Chevrolet Blazer custom SUV with a black interior—$7,500
- 1989 burgundy Porsche 944 coupe with a black interior—an ouch! at $3,500
- 1982 black Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a gray interior and 50,000 miles—$11,000
- 1982 light pewter/opal two-tone Lincoln Town Car Cartier Designer Series sedan with an opal/light pewter interior and 4,900 miles—$14,000
- 1989 silver Cadillac Brougham sedan with a gray interior and 41,000 miles—$10,000
- 1984 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible with a red interior and 72,000 miles—$8,500
- 1981 maroon metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a medium red interior and 45,000 miles—$10,000
- 1989 tan/woodgrain two-tone Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with a tan interior—at $24,000, the highest eighties vehicle sale of Wednesday.
- 1981 burgundy Chevrolet El Camino custom pickup truck with a burgundy interior—$10,000
- 1985 balboa blue Cadillac Eldorado Commemorative Edition coupe with blue/white interior and 20,000 miles—$13,000
- 1980 charcoal Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am coupe with a red interior—$17,000 is now #3 money for a 1980 Trans Am, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
- 1982 wine red Porsche 928 coupe with a tan interior and 48,000 miles—$13,500
- 1986 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with a black interior and 8,200 miles—$12,000
- 1986 black Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with a gray interior and 4,300 miles—$12,000
- 1986 blue Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a blue interior—$15,500
- 1981 orange AMC Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with a tan interior—$13,000
- 1984 gold Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet custom with a black interior—$22,000. A stock #3 car is about $36,000, according to to Hagerty’s valuation tools; how much did the now-dated customization hurt the final bid?
- 1986 blue/silver two-tone Chevrolet K10 Silverado pickup truck with a blue interior—$14,500 hammer price.
- 1982 white Zimmer Golden Spirit coupe with tan interior—$16,000 for this Mustang-based “neo-classic.”
- 1989 pacific blue Jeep Wrangler Islander custom SUV with a black interior—$10,500
- 1985 silver/medium gray two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a gray interior, a 4+3 manual transmission, and 15,000 miles—$14,500
- 1989 orange Jeep Wrangler Islander SUV with a tan interior—$15,000
- 1987 black Buick Regal T-Type coupe with 54,000 miles—$14,500
- 1989 black Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible with a gray interior and 14,000 miles—$16,000
- 1986 red Ferrari Testarossa coupe with a black interior and 29,000 miles—at $125,000, the highest eighties vehicle sale of Thursday.
- 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with a silver beige interior and the factory CB radio—$11,000
- 1987 dark cherry Buick Regal T-Type coupe with a gray interior and 58,000 miles—$16,000
- 1980 silver Ferrari 308GTS coupe with a red interior and 8,900 miles—$100,000
- 1981 blue AMC Jeep Scrambler pickup truck with a blue and black interior—$26,000
- 1981 black AMC Jeep CJ-7 SUV with a black interior—$18,000
- 1984 blue AMC Jeep CJ-7 SUV with a black interior—$9,500
- 1985 bronze AMC Jeep Renegade custom SUV with a black interior—$26,500
- 1985 red Ferrari 308 GTS coupe with a black interior and 31,000 miles—$47,000
- 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a gray interior and 41,000 miles—$25,000
- 1987 maroon Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with a gray interior and 15,000 miles—$8,000
- 1985 light gray/medium gray two-tone Pontiac Grand Prix coupe with a gray interior and 25,000 miles—$9,000 for one of the more interesting eighties cars in this auction.
- 1985 red Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole coupe with a tan interior—$64,000 made this the highest eighties vehicle sale of Friday.
- 1986 guards red Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet with a black interior and 40,000 miles—$60,000
- 1988 black Porsche 930 Turbo coupe with a tan interior and 66,000 miles—$91,000
- 1987 black DeTomaso Pantera GT5-S coupe with a tan interior and 7,300 miles—$220,000 is strong money for the last and likely the best of the Panteras. This was by far the highest eighties vehicle sale of both Saturday and the entire auction, though a 1989 Porsche 962 race car with a winning race history was bid up to 2.3 million.
- 1981 beige with white top Toyota BJ-42 Land Cruiser SUV with a beige and gray interior—$44,000
- 1988 dark shadow blue with gray cladding Ford Mustang GT fastback with medium gray interior and 3,400 miles—$20,000
- 1986 white Porsche 911 Cabriolet with a black interior—$38,000
- 1988 white Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet with a black interior, a factory steel slant nose, and 58,000 miles—$135,000
- 1986 black Buick Grand National coupe with a gray interior and 5,100 miles—$32,000
It’s hard to draw conclusions about Mecum Kissimmee, because there’s so much going on. A lot of high-dollar cars didn’t sell—what did sell was the usual mix of muscle cars, classic cars, and (let’s be hones) just weird cars.
What do you think of this year’s results?